San Diego’s leading environmental voices join together to call for opposition to Measure E and support of Measure G.
SAN DIEGO (October 12, 2018) – San Diego’s leading voices in environmental conservation, including the Endangered Habitats League, San Diego Audubon Society, Sierra Club and San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, joined together Friday to call for support of Measure G, the SDSU West initiative, and opposition to Measure E, the dangerously flawed SoccerCity initiative. The leaders join a growing list of the region’s elected officials, businesses and community groups working together to provide the City with an unprecedented River Park and help secure the future of San Diego State University, all through an open and transparent process that protect our environment and benefits all San Diegans.
“We have before us the once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the future of our City,” said Councilmember Georgette Gómez. “We must ensure any project for this extremely valuable site complements the existing community. With a River Park, campus expansion, and commitment to an open and transparent process, Measure G fits that bill. This is a well-rounded proposal that ensures a healthy, vibrant future for our City, students, and our environment.”
The group also called for opposition to Measure E, citing the initiative’s detrimental lack of environmental review as a factor in the decision to oppose the flawed SoccerCity initiative.
“We only have one chance to get the future of this site right, and Measure E is just not right for a multitude of reasons,” said Cody Petterson of the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action. “SoccerCity would bring an environmental nightmare to our community by exempting a development of unprecedented proportions to bypass the critical environmental review process designed specifically for this type of project.”
A sharp contrast to the flawed Measure E, Measure G was designed to comply with the highest standards of environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The initiative also ensures the community has a voice in the development of the site through an open and transparent development process that will provide multiple opportunities for public input.
Measure E was crafted without environmental review and bypasses the public process that all development projects in the state are required to comply with. “This is unacceptable and a clear fatal flaw of the Measure,” said Michael Beck of the Endangered Habitats League. “Furthermore, there are no assurances that what they are proposing will even be built. This site—owned by the citizens of San Diego— should only be developed in a manner that respects the public process, the river and the species that live there.”
The group’s support comes at a critical time for the campaign, with just under one month remaining until the November General Election. A growing tide of support for Measure G and opposition to Measure E includes the Lincoln Club, Sierra Club, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Labor Council, Mission Valley Planning Group and other planning groups, and San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, among many other elected officials and organizations.