SDSU West Gains Support from Across the Political Spectrum

Councilmember Lorie Zapf joins unprecedented coalition in support of expanding San Diego State University through the SDSU West initiative


SAN DIEGO, CA (AUGUST 9, 2018) – Friends of SDSU announced today unprecedented support for the SDSU West initiative. Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry and Councilmember Lorie Zapf joined representatives from the Lincoln Club of San Diego County and Sierra Club San Diego in a unified show of support for SDSU West’s bold vision for Mission Valley.

Barbara Bry, Council President Pro Tem

“I am incredibly proud to stand here today alongside this diverse group of leaders in support of SDSU West,” said Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry. “What it comes down to is making the right choice for our community, one that will enable us to grow and thrive for years to come. SDSU West is the only option on the November ballot that will promote this growth through the expansion of San Diego State University, a regional higher education, innovation, research and athletic powerhouse.”

Lorie Zapf, Councilmember 

Supporters of the initiative recognize SDSU West’s commitment not only to revitalizing the existing stadium site, but also to enabling future generations to attend SDSU and helping the University meet growing student demand.

“SDSU West is the right fit for San Diego,” said Councilmember Lorie Zapf. “It is my hope that future generations of students are able to attend SDSU and receive all the benefits that come from being a proud SDSU alumnus. Our entire community will benefit from a plan that encourages growth in higher education and prioritizes public input from all San Diegans.”

In endorsing the initiative, groups from across San Diego celebrated SDSU West’s ability to transcend differences and party lines. 

“As a pro-business organization, the Lincoln Club recognizes that all San Diegans must focus on the long-term impacts in determining the best future for the stadium site,” said Paul Robinson, Chair of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County. “SDSU West is the smart and only choice for this critical land because investing in education, not professional sports possibilities alone, will grow and sustain our regional economy for decades to come.”

Paul Robinson, Chair of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County
‍Peter Andersen, Chair of Sierra Club San Diego

The support was made stronger by recent polling, which showed that San Diego voters prefer SDSU West to SoccerCity by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 in a head-to-head choice.

“SDSU West is the only plan for the stadium site that commits to an open and transparent planning process and guarantees a permanent, public river park,” said Peter Andersen, Chair of Sierra Club San Diego. “Unlike SoccerCity’s environmentally-damaging ballot-box planning, SDSU West prioritizes public input and ensures that all San Diegans will shape the future of SDSU, Mission Valley and our region as a whole.”

Other recent endorsements of the SDSU West initiative include the California State University Board of Trustees, Linda Vista Planning Group, SDSU Alumni Association, Aztec Club and Aztec Football Legacy, among others.

About Friends of SDSU

Friends of SDSU is a group of alumni, community and business leaders working collectively to enable SDSU to grow, prosper and continue to meet the higher education needs of our region. For more information on Friends of SDSU, please visit


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