Zone Defense

Sounding a battle cry against re-zoning, county emergency services planner Joe Guzzardi formally announced his entry in the race for 2nd District Supervisor. With his family at his side, Guzzardi vowed to fight the state’s housing mandate, drawing applause from supporters — who gathered last Saturday somewhat conspicuously on MTD-owned land currently under consideration to be rezoned from agricultural property to residential property. Guzzardi made clear his opposition to the “up-zoning” effort, saying that housing should be restricted to areas already zoned as residential. Guzzardi pitched himself as a nonpartisan county government vet with “street smarts” and plenty of experience fighting “bad development” as vice president of the Allied Neighborhoods Association and member of the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance Steering committee. Notable supporters in attendance included Gary Earle of the Coalition for Sensible Planning, former city council candidate Loretta Redd, and progressive activist Roberta Weissglass, who declared Guzzardi “the real thing” in the arena of neighborhood advocacy.

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