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Coastal Commission To Revisit Stalled San Diego Project

Aired 11/1/11 on KPBS News.

The California Coastal Commission wants to revisit a San Diego bay front project it first approved 20 years ago.

— The California Coastal Commission wants to revisit a San Diego bay front project it first approved 20 years ago.

The current Navy headquarters in downtown San Diego on on Oct. 26, 2011. A proposed plan would replace the building with a new headquarters as well as a hotel and retail and office space.
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Above: The current Navy headquarters in downtown San Diego on on Oct. 26, 2011. A proposed plan would replace the building with a new headquarters as well as a hotel and retail and office space.

The Commission approved the Navy Broadway project in 1991; it's supposed to include a hotel, office space and a new San Diego headquarters for the Navy. The development would be located across from the USS Midway in downtown.

Coastal Commission staff say a lot has changed since the project was given approval two decades ago, but San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio says it should be allowed to proceed as planned.

"Literally thousands of jobs each year and billions in long term economic impacts to our region are on the line right now," DeMaio said.

He called the complex the most important military project proposed for San Diego in decades.

However, the Coastal Commission's Mark Delaplaine says this action wouldn't stop the project, just modify it.

"We're not saying no Broadway complex, because that just flies in the face of the Commission's original jurisdiction," he said. "We're saying due to the planning that's occurred in the last 20 years, there's a need for a greater use for the waterfront and more open space and more access opportunities along the water."

For example, Delaplaine says, the plan currently calls for open space in the middle of the complex, versus along the waterfront. That's something staff would like to see changed.

The Coastal Commission meets Wednesday morning in Oceanside.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 1, 2011 at 5:20 p.m. ― 2 years, 12 months ago

Carl DeMaio is one of the most transparently bought and sold political parasites in San Diego's history. This guy has no shame - I don't think re-examining a project this large right on our waterfront since it's approval 20 years ago is obstructionist - it is necessary.

Mr. DeMaio, we know you represent your developer pals and not the people, so go ahead and enjoy the money Manchester and your other big developer friends will be lining your pockets in exchange for being their government spokeshole, but the people don't buy your BS.

Watching you fail in your mayoral bid will be sweet justice for the people of SD. Hopefully DeMaio will leave us and return back east with his tail between his legs.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 1, 2011 at 5:44 p.m. ― 2 years, 12 months ago

DeMaio was one of the 2 council members to vote against building a new downtown library.

He is the one who derailed the city hall project.

He is against public transit.

But when it comes to his big developer cronies like Doug Manchester he is *suddenly* in favor of pushing the big developments through.

He is a dangerous corrupt imbecile.

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