C3 urges “no” vote on stadium Measures E and G

 

Oct. 8, 2018

Contact: Roger Lewis, 619-563-6094

 

San Diego city voters should vote “no” on the two stadium Measures E and G on the Nov. 6 ballot, the Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 board recommended this week.

 

To pass, either measure needs more than 50 percent of votes and if both measures achieve that threshold, the one with more votes wins. If neither passes, the future of the SDCCU Stadium site will be up to the City Council.

 

“While there may be merits to each proposal, C3 is advocating that the city lead a public process to set a vision for the site and select one or more developers to carry it out,” said Roger Lewis, C3’s 2017 president and current Advocacy Committee chairman.

 

“C3’s mission and history are firmly planted in public-planning efforts that involve the community. Asking voters to decide the fate of one of the largest city-owned properties is contrary to good governance.”

 

Measure E would result in SoccerCity and Measure G in SDSU West.  Both would produce new stadiums, one primarily for soccer, the other for football, as well as other residential and commercial development and parkland.

 

The SoccerCity initiative lays out a detailed master plan in more than 2,400 pages, and SDSU West’s 13-page initiative authorizes the city to sell the property to the California State University system. San Diego State University has issued a conceptual plan for the property.

 

SoccerCity does not require public hearings or an environmental impact report, while SDSU West envisions a public review process by the university once the city and CSU arrive at terms and conditions. In both cases, the city’s oversight would be limited if either initiative is adopted.

 

"This represents the most significant and largest site the city has had the opportunity to redevelop since the Naval Training Center,” Lewis said. “Neither measure considers certain critical city needs for the site. Neither addresses how redevelopment of the site fits into the overall future of Mission Valley. Neither provides sufficient detail on whether the project will be consistent with the San Diego River Park Foundation’s vision for the proposed river park.


“While there may indeed be merits to each proposal, C3 believes the city should lead a public process that sets priorities, conditions for development, and outlines time, funding, design, oversight, and other details.”


Founded in 1961, C-3’s mission is to advocate, educate and develop solutions for maintaining high standards of environmental quality, physical design, economic benefit and social progress. C-3 gathers and disseminates information, facilitates civic dialogue and encourages well-thought-out opinions. Its founders said the overall goal is to make San Diego a “handsome community.”

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