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San Diego’s Bayfront Parks At Stake

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Aired 8/14/09

Citizen activists accuse the San Diego Port District of reneging on a promise to build an oval waterfront public park on the Embarcadero downtown. They take their appeal to the California Coastal Commission today.

Citizen activists accuse the San Diego Port District of reneging on a promise to build an oval waterfront public park on the Embarcadero downtown. They take their appeal to the California Coastal Commission today.

The Port District has already gained Coastal Commission blessing to build a cruise ship terminal at the foot of Broadway. The issue now is the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, which calls for wide pedestrian walkways and a concrete plaza next to the pier.

Waterfront watchdogs say this plaza has replaced original plans for a ten acre public park. Port Commissioner Steve Cushman was dismissive at a recent meeting.

“I don’t even remember this,” Cushman said, “ I think what they may be talking about is the park which we will put in by the Old Police Station, and remember the County and Ron Roberts are still talking about a park on the County facility, so I think there will be plenty of park by the time this is over.”

But Don Wood, one of those who filed the appeal to the Coastal Commission, characterizes this as bait and switch tactics.

“Mr. Cushman needs to go back and look at the 2001 North Embarcadero Visionary plan” Wood says, “and the drawings in the Environmental Impact Report that clearly show a large, grand oval Broadway park at the foot of Broadway, with fountains, leading out onto an open, public Broadway pier.”

The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan has been in the works for more than a decade. It is made up of several major development projects, including the Navy Broadway Complex and Lane Field. Coastal Commission staff say “piece mealing” the permits for each project threatens to change the overall vision.

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Avatar for user 'IanTrowbridge'

IanTrowbridge | August 14, 2009 at 6:34 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Steve Cushman should never have been appointed to a third term as Port Commissioner against council policy in the first place. His disregard for due process and State law is unbelievable. Steve: the 2009 Port Master Plan has a 79,000 oval park in it. For heaven's sake, read your own documents instead of making silly remarks to the public that you don't recall the park. Maybe you should get checked out for senile dementia.

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PatFlannery | August 14, 2009 at 1:23 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

"The Port District has already gained Coastal Commission blessing to build a cruise ship terminal at the foot of Broadway." Not accurate. The Port District issued a Coastal Development Permit to itself. All local government agencies are entitled to do so within the limits of a Coastal Development Plan that was pre-approved by the Coastal Commission. Such permits are appealable to the Coastal Commission in San Francisco, if they stray from that Plan. That is what has happened with the cruise ship terminal. Therefore it is not accurate to say that it was "blessed" by the Coastal Commission. It was NOT part of the Port’s pre-approved Coastal Development Plan. That is why there has been an appeal. Steve Cushman has contrived Amnesia. An awakened public will not allow him to get away with this.

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LaPlayaHeritage | August 15, 2009 at 6:02 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

The lack of civic Leadership and a disregard for basic safety laws is the problem.

The fight for the North Embarcadero area also includes the Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) and the hiding of existing scientific information and geotechnical reports that would confirm or deny the existence of the northern extension of the active Coronado Fault of the active Rose Canyon Fault Zone (RCFZ), through Seaport Village, the new Rucco Park next to the Old Police Headquarters, and underneath our Navy's proposed West Coast high-rise Headquarters.

The Port specifically broke the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan into different phases.

First, starting with the Old Police Headquarters where they found an active fault. Mitigation was to move additions 50 feet away which were accomplished with a new site plan.

Then the new Rucco Park which previously had commercial buildings until they change the use to a park, open space, and inhabitable structures so they would not have to confirm or deny the active fault traversing the site directly south of the Navy Broadway Complex.

Now, the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan - Phase 1 southern end is before the G Street Mole so that no one would again have to confirm or deny the existing scientific information at Rucco Park or at the NBC.

Also mitigation for the Navy Broadway Complex is the 10-acre park at the foot of Broadway (2 acres of the park being on the NBC) and an extra 1,542 missing parking spaces to be made up by the Port of San Diego in the North Embarcadero area per the reapproval of the 1990 Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that the City Council and CCDC recertified when they denied our appeals in 2007 and 2008.

What are our local government officials hiding by playing these legal games? How much money have they all wasted trying to hide the truth? Please help us make the City of San Diego, CCDC, and the Port of San Diego follow the law and require the active Coronado fault (which also traverses he Coronado Tunnel project and the Hotel Del Coronado property) be confirmed or denied in the North Embarcadero area as required by law.

If the local government agencies had the will and the civic leadership, these outstanding seismic, parking, and open space/parks issues would have been resolved in June 2006 and construction would already be finished on the NEVP. The lack of leadership is the problem.

Everybody thinks they can get away with messing with our national Homeland Security. They will not get away with their scam because the mitigation for the NEVP 10-acre Park is the new 3-acre Rucco Park with is off-site and south of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan - Phase 1.

Hopefully, the City, CCDC, and the Port of San Diego will finally resolve the outstanding seismic, parking, open space, and park land issues they have all been trying to ignore by their delay, deny, and deceive legal tactics.

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