Dozens of readers wrote in to Alhambra Source to answer the question posed by a July 17 article: Are Alhambra leaders abusing their power and overdeveloping the city?
Alhambra Source community contributor and Alhambra City Council candidate Eric Sunada, along with his campaign manager and fellow contributor Michael Lawrence, argue in their opinion piece that city leaders are using a planning tool called the Specific Plan to circumvent city guidelines for density, open space, parking, and zoning, allowing excessive commercial and residential development. Many readers agreed, saying that city staff does not consider residents' needs or quality of life when making development decisions. Other readers defended the city and new mixed-use developmlents throughout Alhambra, arguing that the city is adapting to less land availability and creating more jobs and walkable neighborhoods.
Read some of the responses below, check out the full discussion, and let us know what you think!