Federal, State and Local Leaders Praise Measure G as the Right Choice for San Diego’s Future
SAN DIEGO (September 19, 2018) – An expansive group of federal, state and local elected officials convened today to announce formal support for Measure G, the SDSU West initiative. Local leaders standing together included Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Juan Vargas, California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, California State Senator Ben Hueso, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole, San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez. The group also voiced their strong opposition to Measure E, the SoccerCity initiative.
“I am proud to join elected officials from across the region in supporting Measure G,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins. “Measure G requires full environmental review and multiple opportunities for public input. It is also the only initiative that ensures the stadium site’s revitalization is in line with the community’s vision; appropriate environmental mitigation for neighboring residents and businesses is delivered; and restoration of the San Diego River is prioritized.”
If approved by the voters this November, Measure G will create the opportunity to transform the Mission Valley stadium site into a vibrant San Diego State University campus expansion that will benefit all San Diegans. The initiative requires San Diego State University to develop a plan for the site that includes academic research space; an expansive River Park; a permanent home for SDSU football that is expandable for other professional spots, including professional soccer and football; and affordable, workforce, student and market rate housing opportunities. A San Diego State University campus expansion in Mission Valley will also fuel the regional economy by bolstering the University’s current annual $5.67 billion local economic impact. Critically, Measure G will provide these benefits while complying fully with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Supporters of Measure G also expressed deep concern with the way Measure E, the SoccerCity initiative, was written. Elected officials noted that Measure E completely bypasses all key provisions of CEQA so that traffic improvements, which should be paid for by the project’s investors, would instead have to be funded by the City and, ultimately, taxpayers. Even further, Measure E sets a bad precedent by developing a critical site through ballot-box planning that completely removes public input and environmental protections.
“Ensuring current and future San Diegans have the same great quality of life we enjoy today is a priority for all elected officials, and it’s among the many reasons why I support Measure G and oppose Measure E,” said Rep. Juan Vargas.
Measure E opponents also point to harmful implications for San Diego State University’s growth potential should the Measure E succeed in November. The measure provides no legal rights for San Diego State University to expand its campus if FS Investors takes control of the site.
“Measure E effectively blocks the growth potential of San Diego State University for future students,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “As San Diegans, we must stand together to support Measure G, the SDSU West initiative, and oppose Measure E, the SoccerCity initiative. We simply cannot support an initiative that lines the pockets of investors and focuses on short-term economic gains over critically needed investments in education and the future of our region.”
Today’s new elected official endorsements join a widespread, bipartisan coalition of support for Measure G and opposition to Measure E. The unprecedented coalition is comprised of the San Diego region’s leading environmental, education, political, business, labor, community and planning organizations. Recent endorsements include San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf and San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, as well as the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Club, San Diego County Democratic Party, and labor groups across San Diego.
“Measure G is good for San Diego and will help grow San Diego State University,” said San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry prior to the news conference. “As the first elected official to formally support SDSU West and oppose SoccerCity over a year ago, I know we have an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalize the stadium site while also expanding access to higher education for generations to come. SDSU West is the right vision to move our region forward, which is why I urge everyone to vote YES on Measure G this November.”