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Preservation Action Alert!
Balboa Park and Uptown Community Plan


There are two serious preservation and quality of life issues on the council docket this Monday, November 14.  Please see below for how you can help save Balboa Park and protect the Uptown Community Plan.

Oppose Massive Construction Project for Balboa Park

The Plaza de Panama project returns to the City Council  Monday, November 14 at 2pm. See council docket  HERE, ITEM-150, beginning on page 2: Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Project-Cooperation Agreement, Authorizing a Construction Contract, and related funding actions. (Balboa Park Community Area. District 3.)
 
This irreparably destructive and project has escalated to an under estimated $80,000,000. A recap of the sham hearing on October 27 can be read  HERE.
 
We are urging everyone to attend this meeting and testify in numbers that cannot be ignored by the City Council. Not only has the City ignored a multitude of changed circumstances, and tens of thousands of San Diegans this project is an economically and environmentally irresponsible use of city funds and introduces paid parking to a free and public park. Stand with SOHO, and these organizations and agencies, and protest this senseless and unintelligent project.

Just some of the Community Opposition on Record
CalTrans
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C3)
City Heights Area Planning Committee
Committee of One Hundred
Hillcrest History Guild
La Playa Heritage
Mission Hills Heritage
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Neighborhood Historic Preservation Coalition
North Park Historical Society
North Park Planning Committee
Old Town San Diego Community Planning Group
Peninsula Community Planning Board
San Diego Council of Design Professionals
Sierra Club
Spreckels Organ Society
State Historic Preservation Officer

How You Can Help
Balboa Park needs your support now. Let the City Council know that you oppose the Plaza de Panama project and paid parking within Balboa Park.
  • Write to the City Council HERE to oppose their approval of this project.
  • We also need you to attend and testify before the City Council in person on Monday, November 14 at 2pm (202 C Street, 12th Floor). If you do not wish to speak, we still need you there, and you can cede your comment time to SOHO.
  • Contribute to our Legal Defense Fund, to help SOHO combat this enormous challenge. It will take you, our members and supporters of Balboa Park both financially and on the ground, to defeat this misguided project once again.
Uptown Community Plan Hijacked by Developer Interests

After working with the community for close to 10 years on a collaborative plan update, the City Planning staff is now supporting developer interests and putting at risk the historic character and heart of the Uptown community. Join SOHO on Monday, November 14 at 2 pm (202 C Street, 12th floor) and oppose this plan! (See council docket HERE, Item 201, beginning on page 7)
 
The community plan update is a road map to help plan for the future, which is why it's so important to get this done right. However, the City intends to allow for more density without providing protections for historic resources, which does not comply with CEQA. Entire blocks, such as within the Hillcrest Commercial Core, could be entirely scraped due to density incentives. Mitigation to implement the identified historic districts is necessary to protect the character of Uptown from eroding away. Historic resources are a defining feature of Uptown and the City Council must plan how to conserve this character and sense of place for our future.
 
How You Can Help
SOHO needs your support now. Let the City Council know that you depend on them to follow CEQA and protect our historic resources through the establishment of historic districts.
 
Write to the City Council HERE to support the establishment of historic districts in the Uptown community. We also need you to attend and testify before the City Council in person on Monday, November 14 at 2pm (202 C Street, 12th Floor), or if you do not wish to speak, we still need you there, and you can plan to cede your public comment time to SOHO.
 
What other community leaders are saying
Mission Hills Heritage, read HERE
uh2050, read HERE
JOIN SOHO AT THE MEETING
for these two serious preservation & quality of life issues
When  Monday, November 14 ·  2pm
Where Council Chambers ·  202 C Street, 12th floor, San Diego, 92101