The editorial board of the Desert Sun asked this question of all candidates for City Council:
"Do you support CV Link? And if so, how do you think it will benefit Cathedral City residents?"
Here are the candidate responses:
- John Aguilar winner, 2016 with 37%: "Yes, I along with the Mayor and colleagues on the City Council full
support the development of the CV Link. This will provide a substantial
recreational opportunity for our citizens, promote tourism which will
help create new job opportunities, and help reduce greenhouse emissions
by reducing vehicular traffic and helping to build/grow a stronger
Aguilar is among three candidates with unequivocal support of CV Link. I suggest that voters use this endorsement along with other considerations in their decision November 8.
- Sergio Espericueta not winner, 2016 with 23%: "Right now, I do not feel like I can support something that is not too
clear about how it will impact residents in order to make it function. I
think that it is necessary to from a committee, that includes
residents, to debate this topic so that together we can discuss a
project that would be costly. More people need to be informed and
involved from the beginning and not just towards the end when the final
concept is being presented."
Espericueta has not done homework on CV Link. The community meetings about CV Link occurred in 2014 and 2015, meeting near-unanimous support from Cathedral City citizens in attendance and receiving many helpful suggestions on implementing the project. I suggest that the candidate read at least the CV Link Conceptual Master Plan to understand the current state of the project.
- Stan Henry unupposed for 2016 mayor: "Yes, I support CV Link, and feel it will give the residents of Cathedral
City better opportunities to use other sources of transportation in a
safe environment to get around the valley and safe physical exercise. We
had a Cathedral City disabled resident testify that he rides a bike
every day from Cathedral City to College of the Desert and he is looking
forward to the CV Link to have a safe path to get to school. If you
look at the Valley’s tourism studies, it shows people are looking for
other safe outdoor recreational facilities like CV Link. With Cathedral
City having four major hotels along the route of CV Link this is a great
opportunity for us to market to these tourists. We held a local
community meeting regarding CV Link, and the majority was in favor."
Henry is among three candidates with unequivocal support of CV Link. I suggest that voters use this endorsement along with other considerations in their decision November 8.
- Greg Pettis winner, 2016 with 39%: "I support CV Link. Any additional recreation opportunities for our
residents is welcome. We have a higher rate of obesity than some of our
neighbors so this will also help in that regard. Additionally, the bike path is slated to run through one of our most
economically challenged neighborhoods giving them an avenue for
recreation that they may not have otherwise."
Pettis is among three candidates with unequivocal support of CV Link. I hesitate with endorsement because he evidently considers CV Link to be merely a recreational amenity, rather than a necessary transportation corridor.