Barring divine interference, the citizens of San Diego will be subjected to not one but two weirdly related measures on the November ballot.
No way, you say?
Don't we get a break on our odd (very odd) year off? Can't we give democracy a chance to take a breather?
Chances are good you joined the 66 percent who voted last November for Measure L, the initiative that reflected a broad belief that citizens initiatives (and their surly cousins, referendums) should be scheduled during general elections, when turnout is high, not during primaries, when turnout tends to be low.
One of the components of the San Diego MLS expansion bid that looked to be most controversial coming in was the effort to bypass a local vote on the Mission Valley stadium proposal, dubbed "SoccerCity." On one hand, that was intended to streamline the process, with a petition campaign to obtain signatures intended to be a stand-in for the actual election, and the San Diego City Council fast-tracking the proposal in order to maximize the city's chances of being award an expansion team.
A group of San Diego civic and business leaders announced today that they want the fate of a planned redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium property to be decided by voters, not the City Council.
The Public Land, Public Vote Coalition includes land-use experts, a former City Council president and a current member of the Planning Commission. They said the "Soccer City'' plan needs a thorough public vetting before a decision can be made.