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Jacobs Releases Video Promoting His Balboa Park Plan

Aired 11/29/11 on KPBS News.

Philanthropist Irwin Jacobs released a video today depicting his plan to get vehicles out of Balboa Park's central plaza.

— Philanthropist Irwin Jacobs released a video today (see below) depicting his plan to get vehicles out of Balboa Park's central plaza.

Mayor Jerry Sanders attended the showing of the video, and declared the proposal to remake Plaza de Panama a "truly elegant plan." However, a group of San Diego preservationists opposes Jacobs' ideas.

Bruce Coons, who is with the Save Our Heritage Organization, prefers the Balboa Park makeover go to a citywide vote.

"The citizens of San Diego should decide what's going to happen there, not one person," Coons said.

Here's the video:

Video

Plaza de Panama Project Vision

Above: A video from San Diego philanthropist Irwin Jacobs that promotes his plan to change the central part of Balboa Park.

Full disclosure: Irwin Jacobs is a financial donor to KPBS.

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