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Preservation Action Alert - Call to Action

San Diego’s Preservation Ordinance in Jeopardy

On Thursday, October 26, at 1pm the Historical Resources Board (HRB) and the public will receive an informational-only presentation from city staff on the Independent Budget Analyst (IBA) report recommendations that were released this past summer.


The IBA report found that the city's preservation program does not unduly impede permit processing, but nonetheless made recommendations to weaken the city's historic resources ordinance. These recommendations are not supported by any rigorous empirical or data-driven studies to support the need for these measures! The IBA report is a classic case of misdirection by anti-preservation activists.


This is our first opportunity to respond to the IBA report and make it known to HRB members that the report's recommendations are not only unsubstantiated, but bad policy. Please be aware: The IBA report is a BIG DEAL. It is the first time in years that the city is considering revising the historic preservation ordinances and we anticipate that the anti-preservations will be testifying as well.


Are you dissatisfied with what you see happening to San Diego’s historic neighborhoods, where you live, work or play? Then please join us in making our voices heard!


Item-1 Report from the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst

Information Item Only

The Office of the Independent Budget Analyst will present their report titled, Response to Request for Analysis of Potential and Designated Historical Resources Review, which was prepared at the request of the City Council President.

SOHO and a coalition of historic neighborhoods stakeholders have responded to these recommendations with a detailed letter and are asking for your help.


This is your call to action to let the HRB and the city know your thoughts on the IBA report.

Quick & Easy Action

Please take a minute to submit your comments to the HRB in support of the preservation community’s recommendations by Wednesday, October 25.


Talking points available for DOWNLOAD. Copy and paste into the webform comments box, or compose your own.

Access the webform HERE

Then, submit your comment as follows:

  1. Fill in your contact info
  2. The “Meeting Date” is October 26, 2023
  3. For “Comment Type” click Agenda Comment
  4. The “Agenda Item Number” is 1.
  5. You can copy and paste from our talking points in the “Comments” box, or compose your own.
  6. Hit “Submit” and you’re done!

Comments received by 10am the day of the meeting will be distributed to the Historical Resources Board and posted online with the meeting materials. All webform comments are limited to 200 words but may include attachments. Comments received after the deadlines described above but before the item is called will be submitted into written record for the relevant item.


Show up in-person

Central Library Mary Hollis Clark

Conference Center (1st floor)

330 Park Boulevard

San Diego, CA 92101

*Parking is limited so please plan accordingly

We also need people to cede time to our organized group of speakers. Please sign up HERE if you can. Remember: You must be present in order to cede your time.

To Join the Webinar by Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone

Attend via Zoom

To Join by Telephone

Dial 1-669-254-5252 or (Toll free) 1-833-568-8864

When prompted, input Webinar ID: 161-785-5117

How to Provide Written Comments

Instead of submitting written materials as an attachment to the webform, you may submit them via U.S. Mail to:

Attn: Historical Resources Board

1222 First Avenue, MS 501

San Diego CA 92101

Materials submitted via U.S. Mail must be received the business day prior to the meeting to be distributed to the Historical Resources Board.

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