Dozens of community and business leaders from throughout the city of San Diego are calling for a public vote on the so-called SoccerCity initiative proposed for the Qualcomm Stadium site by FS Investors. They want the City Council to place the issue on the ballot.
"The Qualcomm Stadium site is one of the most valuable public assets in San Diego, and its development will have significant long-term impacts on our city and our region," said Joe LaCava, a community planner and one of the leaders of the Public Land, Public Vote Coalition.
A group of San Diego civic and business leaders announced Tuesday 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.
What's to become of us? We can't even make the White House's list of sanctuary cities. San Diego has been given a colonic. We seem empty inside. We have lost our fight. We have no counterpunch except our typical small-time jabs. No chin. We're on the canvas and apparently have no intention of even taking the standing-eight. Whither the Angry Villagers?
San Diego State University representatives discussed a new proposal for the Qualcomm site Tuesday in a meeting with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Mayor Kevin Faulconer met with representatives Tuesday of San Diego State University to hear their concerns about the proposed "SoccerCity'' project that would replace Qualcomm Stadium. In the meeting, the University proposed buying or leasing 47 of the 166 acre property to expand the campus and build a new football stadium for the Aztecs.
San Diego State University issued a proposal Monday for the redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley. The university is interested in buying or leasing 47 acres of land at the site to build a football stadium and expand the school's campus. San Diego State officials met with Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday before discussing what they refer to as a two page position paper. "Mayor Faulconer appreciated meeting with San Diego State University to hear their thoughts on Mission Valley," said Jen Lebron, Faulconer's press secretary, of the hour-long get-together.
If you are a voter in the City of San Diego, you may be asked for your signature soon to qualify a ballot measure that would force the sale of Qualcomm Stadium and surrounding public land to a private developer. Before you sign the Initiative, you need to be aware of five big problems with the deal. Carl DeMaio had both supporters and opponents of the initiative on his show and has proposed solutions to each of the five big problems uncovered.
San Diego State Athletic Director John David Wicker says he is precluded by university policy from taking a stand on a public initiative. So you won't hear him outwardly supporting or rejecting the sweeping proposal to redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley with 4,800 residential units, 3 million square feet of office and retail space, parking garages, two hotels, a multiplex cinema, a river park and, oh yeah, a mid-sized stadium that could house a Major League Soccer team and his soon-to-be-homeless football program.
On Monday, a La Jolla investment group trying to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to San Diego released plans for a massive redevelopment project at the Mission Valley site now occupied by Qualcomm Stadium and an expansive, ugly parking lot. FS Investors' plan, in the form of artist renderings and a 300-page ballot initiative, includes a 30,000-seat stadium for MLS and San Diego State football, along with housing and commercial development. For SDSU and the community it serves, this proposal is a non-starter.