No on Measure J

Vote NO on Measure J

At first glance, Measure J may appear to be an easy “Yes” vote on the November ballot. After all, Mission Bay Park (MPB), Balboa Park and other regional parks have many needs. However, if you look below the surface, you will clearly see that voting “Yes” on this is a terrible idea for both the public and the City of San Diego. The lack of community involvement, the proponents lack of disclosure of its full implications, the reallocation of Mission Bay Park commercial lease revenue, and the City Council’s ability to add contiguous park acreage to Mission Pay Park, and therefore open the door to more commercial development (i.e., hotels), makes voting “No” on Measure J a no-brainer.

The lack of community involvement and full, timely disclosure of Measure J and its implications is troubling.

First, the lack of community involvement and full, timely disclosure of Measure J and its implications is troubling, and frankly unacceptable. The process of putting the full measure on the ballot was rushed, it lacked transparency, and it did not include any input from community planning groups. Not even the Mission Bay Park Oversight Committee. How rushed was it? When Mayor Faulconer announced his plan to take more money from the Mission Bay Park Fund at his press conference on June 30, it was heard by the city council Infrastructure Committee that same day and moved forward. No community groups had an opportunity to prepare in advance for the meeting. There is no need to rush this decision, especially without community input. That leads one to wonder, well then, what is the rush? Notably, during the same press conference our mayor also talked about his support for the Plaza de Panama (PDP) and underground parking garage in Balboa Park. One may assume that Measure J came to fruition because more money is needed for these projects (it was initially estimated to cost $40 million, but is now estimated up to $85 million) and therefore Measure J was rushed through the process (or lack thereof). Due to the lack of transparency, by the time these issues were uncovered, the public was out of time to formulate an “argument against” statement for the Sample Ballot & Voter Information guide. Thus, you see most media outlets report that it’s non-controversial and unopposed.

Measure J reduces Mission Bay Park funding.

Second, Measure J reduces Mission Bay Park funding that voters approved in 2008. Prop C was placed on the ballot to ensure that 75 percent of Mission Bay lease revenues above $20 million would stay in Mission Bay Park. The other 25 percent would be used for the benefit of other city parks. Measure J reduces Mission Bay Park’s revenue share by another 13%, even though none of the voter-approved park improvement projects (dredging, wetlands restoration, De Anza rehabilitation, Fiesta Island) have been started, let alone been fully funded or analyzed. Under the existing 75-25% distribution formula, Mission Bay received NO MONEY in two of the eight years that Charter 55.2 has been in place. Mission Bay Park’s commercial leases are one of our City’s largest revenue sources for ensuring that the voter-approved improvements actually happen. Should we be further reducing the funding for those projects when none have been completed and we don’t know what they will cost? No. And especially when we haven’t even begun to fulfill San Diego voters’ will in 2008.

Measure J gives the City Council the ability to add contiguous park acreage to Mission Bay Park.

Finally, and most concerning, Measure J gives the City Council the ability to add contiguous park acreage to Mission Bay Park. This opens the door to allow more commercial development (i.e., hotels) in Mission Bay Park. If Measure J passes, the San Diego City Council will have the ability to approve additional commercial development up to 25% of the added contiguous park acreage. As one can easily determine, additional commercial development is not good for the health and well-being of Mission Bay Park, and ultimately the quality of our central San Diego beaches and our ocean.

Hold the San Diego City Council Accountable

Don’t let proponents of Measure J get away with pulling a fast one on our community that will have long-term consequences for generations to come. Please hold the San Diego City Council accountable for current legal requirements to improve Mission Bay Park.  The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter, Pacific Beach Town Council, Former Council Members Donna Frye and Ed Harris, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Jordan Beane, San Diego City Beat, San Diego Free Press, PB Honorary Mayors Joe Wilding and Lou Cumming, Denise Willett Friedman, Cathie Jolley, Brian Curry, Alan Harris and Save PB all urge a NO vote on Measure J.

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Clairemont Times
Say NO on Measure J

San Diego City Beat Say NO on Measure J
Measure J needs more scrutiny.

San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Measure J would deviate from that original intent of Prop C.

San Diego Free Press
Is Measure J just another backroom deal?

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