Saturday, October 23, 2010
Sorry, don't stay in Pacifica
TripAdvisor.com website. Someone from Ottawa, Ontario was looking for an oceanfront hotel near San Francisco:
"Planning a 10 day trip with weekend commitments at either end and looking for an oceanfront hotel/motel for the 5-7 nights in between. Not planning to rent car and realize not swimming weather. Just interested in viewing waves crashing etc and prefer small town setting close to SF that I can walk around in and access to public transit if possible.
Had thought of Best Western in Pacifica..."
Given that Pacifica has virtually non-existent public transit, and there's very little within walking distance of any Pacifica hotel, the visitor from Ottawa likely won't be staying here.
For years Sue Digre and Jim Vreeland have talked about attracting tourists like this, and it's a great example of why they've failed the city. In their archaic belief that it's EITHER the environment or the economy, Digre and Vreeland have consistently impeded the development of an effective tourism infrastructure, including transportation and shops, because even the smallest project is deemed too environmentally destructive. It may please their "No Growth" supporters, but their actions have assuredly driven more tourist dollars away from Pacifica than they've attracted.
Both candidates are running away from their records, and given the state of the city, I don't blame them. Sue's new economic development slogan is "Our History is our Economy." She apparently feels that visitors will come to Pacifica because, among other reasons, Monterrey Jack cheese was invented here. Brilliant.
Jim is simply nowhere to be found this campaign season. Knowing that he can't defend his record, he seems to be hoping that name recognition alone will be enough to get him re-elected.
Posted by Steve Sinai