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Formalizing State Authority Over Tidelands

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Aired 4/19/09

A San Diego legislator has introduced a bill that would require state approval for any proposed development on tidelands operated by the Port of San Diego.  KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The legislation is sponsored by Senator Christine Kehoe and would mandate that any development proposed for port land be considered by the State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission.

The bill would prohibit any changes to the Port's master plan through the ballot box by city, county or district referendums.

Voters could only change the master plan through a statewide initiative.

Kehoe says the bill would protect coastal areas for recreation and industry since it clears up any questions about the state's authority in regulating public tidelands in the port district.

A failed ballot measure last November sought to change the port's master plan to allow a 40-foot-tall deck over the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal for a sports stadium or other development.
    
Port officials, the city, the Navy and the most of San Diego's state and federal legislative delegation were opposed to the measure, saying that it threatened cargo jobs.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.
 

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