San Diego Education Advocates Agree That Measure G is Best for San Diego’s Future
SAN DIEGO (October 15, 2018) – Measure G, the SDSU West initiative, was endorsed by a diverse collection of San Diego’s education advocates and students on Monday, including City Councilmember Barbara Bry, SDSU Immediate Past President Sally Roush, Dr. Brian Spitzberg and Former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
“From the beginning, I have supported Measure G in large part due to its commitment to San Diego State University,” said San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry. “Measure G is simply the only initiative for this critical stadium site that will enable our regional higher education powerhouse to continue growing. We must act now to secure the future of our students, City and region by supporting Measure G, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand SDSU.”
In supporting Measure G, the leaders have endorsed the only initiative that invests in education and, by doing so, the future of San Diego. Measure G acknowledges SDSU’s role as a regional economic engine, one which contributes $5.67 billion to the regional economy annually, and provides the adequate resources to allow continued growth for years to come.
“Measure G is the only initiative that will grow SDSU and is truly good for San Diego,” said SDSU Immediate Past President Sally Roush. “Our entire region will benefit from providing SDSU with the opportunity to grow.”
San Diego’s leading educators and academic professionals have made a clear decision to support Measure G and oppose Measure E, the SoccerCity initiative. Unlike Measure E, Measure G welcomes the involvement of San Diegans by providing multiple opportunities for public input.
“Through an open and transparent planning process, Measure G will transform the old stadium site into a new community for SDSU,” said Friends of SDSU Steering Committee Member Fred Pierce. “Measure G invests in the University while Measure E fails to accommodate the university’s critical need to expand.”
Designed with the future of the region’s higher education system in mind, Measure G would sell the Mission Valley stadium site to SDSU at fair market value for a critically needed campus expansion. Alternately, Measure E proposes building another shopping mall in the Mission Valley area.
“It is abundantly clear that Measure G is the best choice for the future of SDSU,” said SDSU Student Max Johnson. “Measure G provides the University with the opportunity to flourish into a larger space, improving SDSU’s ability to continue meeting the higher education needs of local students without relying on student fees or tuition dollars.”
If passed in November, Measure G would enable landlocked SDSU to grow and prosper, investing in the students of San Diego and tremendously benefitting the region. Measure G also promises to create an academic research park, which would increase collaboration between education, research, entrepreneurship and high-tech business in San Diego.