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Memo Shows Options For Balboa Park Plan Revival

Aired 4/5/13 on KPBS News.

The San Diego City Attorney's Office revived a plan to remove vehicles from the center of Balboa Park, but probably not in time for a yearlong celebration of the park's centennial, City Council President Todd Gloria said Thursday.

The San Diego City Attorney's Office revived a plan to remove vehicles from the center of Balboa Park, but probably not in time for a yearlong celebration of the park's centennial, City Council President Todd Gloria said Thursday.

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Goldsmith Memo: Plaza de Panama Plan

Goldsmith Memo: Plaza de Panama Plan

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith's memo clarifying future options ...

A memo from City Attorney Jan Goldsmith on the Plaza de Panama plan, which was shot down in court, said the City Council could exempt the project from certain required findings that proved to be the project's legal Achilles heel.

The plan advanced by Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs was to build a bridge to carry traffic away from the Plaza de Panama and Plaza de California and build a parking garage near the Spreckels Organ Pavilion that would be partly under ground.

Preservationists, led by the Save Our Heritage Organisation, opposed the plan because the bypass bridge would risk the park's standing as a historic site.

The City Council approved the Jacobs plan, but preservationists got it set aside when a judge ruled that council members wrongly found that the project area has no reasonable beneficial use if the plan does not go forward — a finding needed to alter a historic resource.

Goldsmith said the council could waive the requirement for the finding, but that council members were not allowed to bring the plan forward on their own.

"If an applicant comes forward to advocate for the project, I would

docket the request for the City Council's consideration at a future public

hearing,'' Gloria said. "While it is helpful to understand there is a course to pursue, it is unfortunately apparent that the improvements could not be complete in time for the 2015 Centennial Celebration because of the likelihood of additional litigation and the project's complexity and construction timeline.''

Goldsmith said the proposal would have to go through the Planning Commission and two City Council hearings again.

In an interview after the court ruling in early February, Jacobs said the project was "over.''

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | April 4, 2013 at 4:43 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Our corrupt, politically motivated city attorney is trying to find legal loopholes to push the Jacobs plan through and ruin the historical integrity of part's of our crown jewel.

Shameful, this man is.

He is a disgrace to the city.

When and where is the petition to recall this charlatan.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 4, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

"The San Diego City Attorney's Office revived a plan to remove vehicles from the center of Balboa Park, but probably not in time for a yearlong celebration of the park's centennial, City Council President Todd Gloria said Thursday".

Hey politcal dim-wits - here is an idea for removing the vehicles IN TIME for the park centennial:

Go buy some orange cones, and block-off the enterance to The Prado.

Let people do this think called "walking", and have a shuttle ONLY for the handicaped and elderly.

There.

Your problem is solved.

Now how much are we paying Gloria and Goldsmith to sit around all day trying to figure out something most elementary school kids could figure out?

I think Mayor Filner is the only one in San Diego city government who knows what the hell he is doing!!

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nikkineel | April 4, 2013 at 7:16 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Impeach Gloria and Goldsmith!

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nikkineel | April 4, 2013 at 7:17 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

In fact first impeach, then imprison. They BOTH belong in prison.

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