NAPAWF-San Diego officially endorses and strongly urges everyone to Vote YES on Props B and C in the upcoming June 3rd, 2014 Primaries. For an easy to read comprehensive guide on the issues in Props B and C, check out Guide to San Diego Props B and C written by one of our own NAPAWF-San Diego members, Korinna Li! The issues are highlighted in her senior thesis project from the University of San Diego.
Please scroll down to the section on page 10 entitled “What’s Up With B and C” (if you do not wish read the historical context of Barrio Logan or critical frameworks) OR you can read the section below:
What’s Up With Props B and C
Now for the part you’ve been hoping would hurry up and finally manifest (unless you skipped the mental trudge through the past half+ dozen pages)! I will be breaking down the key arguments of the referendum launched against the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update (hereby referred to as CPU, or Update) by framing the arguments as a pro and con debate. Since this is ultimately about helping you decide how to vote on Props B and C on June 3rd, the arguments will be divided into the pros and con of having the referendum against the CPU, rather than pros and cons of the CPU itself (although I will provide a discussion of that at the end).
The Shipyard Repair Association (SRA; includes NASSCO, BAE Systems, and Continental Maritime of San Diego) and their cohorts represent those who are for the referendum (pro) and urge voters to vote NO on Props B & C.
The Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), the community, and stakeholders (which the SRA were included as part of during the Community Plan Update process) of Barrio Logan, and their constituents represent those who are opponents of the referendum (con) and urge voters to vote YES on Props B &C.
Quick Recap You Don’t Want To Skim
I have already outlined the events and key players that culminated in this current struggle in Barrio Logan in the Timeline to Referendum section, but here’s a recap in case you critically skimmed the previous section and missed the critical points:
1) Between 2008-2013, the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) spearheaded the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update efforts with Barrio Logan residents and stakeholders (which included the SRA) in order to create an updated Community Plan that would begin to alleviate the toxic living conditions created by existing industrial and residential mixed-use zoning.
2) A CPU that was a compromise between the Update the community of Barrio Logan and the Update the maritime industries proposed was approved by the San Diego City Council last September, 2013 and this approval is called Resolution 308445
3) Cityzens of San Diego will be voting on the CPU because the Shipyard Repair Association (SRA) created the Protect Our Jobs Coalition, and through a paid city-wide campaign launched in October, 2013, gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the Resolution.
4) Props B and C are 2 separate votes. A Yes on Prop B means that you uphold City Council’s Resolution approving the CPU; a Yes on Prop C means you also support the zoning Ordinances of the CPU (zoning dictates the land use of a city, and zoning changes was a key component of the CPU).
Below are some other facts about the events leading up to, and about the Referendum:
Price Tag of Protect Our Jobs Campaign
The SRA (NASSCO, BAE Systems, and Continental Maritime of San Diego) & co (& co includes all their campaign hires) formally formed the Project Our Jobs Coalition and launched a city-wide campaign in October of 2013. According to a February 2014 article, “Protect Our Jobs Coalition financially underwater” in the San Diego Reader by Dorian Hargrove (who got the numbers from the most recent campaign finance disclosure), the Protect Our Jobs Coalition had spent $730,000 as of February on the petition drive, legal fees and consultants to ensure the success of the referendum on the CPU (SRA hired National Petition Management, Inc. as its lead contractor for the petition drive, and public relations firm Southwest Strategies to lead their oppositional efforts to the CPU; Southwest’s president Chris Wahl has become the main spokesperson for the pro referendum efforts). Of the total costs, $185,000 was reported to have been spent on the petition drive itself (petition gathers were reportedly paid between $3-$5 per signature). With its mighty campaign budget, SRA & co were able to turn in a total of 56,000 signatures to the City Clerk’s office—over 15,000 signatures more than needed for a referendum to go on a ballot.
411 On Some Technical Planning Lingo
For those of you interested in understanding the technical urban planning aspect of the CPU, here are some quick facts. The CPU is a comprehensive update to the (currently used) 1978 Barrio Logan/Harbor 101 Plan, and will also update the city of San Diego’s 2008 General Plan.
The CPU is happening because of incompatible land use in Barrio Logan. In most other neighborhoods, zoning (laws which dictate the land use within a local region) clusters and separates industrial, commercial, and residential land uses as much as possible (this organization is considered compatible land use and the ideal for land use planning) for the sake of the health of residents, as well as protecting the longevity of the industries and businesses. In Barrio Logan however, residential, commercial, and industry are all literally scattered all over the neighborhood and exist right next to each other, thus making the existing land use incompatible.
A General Plan is a city’s official, comprehensive blueprint/master plan designed to guide future growth and development throughout the city; each neighborhood in a city has their own Community Plan, which is their own master plan for their neighborhood. These Plans must work in conjunction to and implement the General Plan’s policies and goals at the neighborhood level; the Barrio Logan CPU will update the 2008 San Diego General Plan as it will be incorporated into the Land Use Element in the General Plan, and it will also update the Local Coastal Program and Implementation Plan.