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Props. B & C: Barrio Logan Plan Goes Before Voters

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Props B & C: Barrio Logan Plan Goes Before Voters

Above: San Diego voters will be deciding on whether the Barrio Logan plan, approved by the San Diego City Council, will stay or go on June 3. We take a look at both sides of the issue.

Aired 5/26/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Diane Takvorian, Executive Director, Environmental Health Coalition

John Alvarado, Executive Director, Logan Avenue Business Association

Transcript

The Barrio Logan Community Plan Update was approved by the San Diego City Council earlier this year...but that was not the end of the story. The maritime industry and business groups opposed the plan. They launched a petition drive, collected signatures and now voters will decide on June 3 if the plan moves forward or not.

The City Council passed a resolution and two ordinances last year to install a five-block-long commercial buffer zone that separates residential and industrial zones. The plan allows "community and neighborhood commercial uses'' in the buffer area, but no houses, according to a city staff report.

Proposition B asks voters to approve the council's resolution. Proposition C asks voters to approve the council's ordinances.

Supporters of Props B and C say the Barrio Logan plan is a change that's long overdue. They say the plan will ease health risks for Barrio Logan residents who live near shipbuilding facilities.

Opponents of the plan update say the council's actions would hurt the nearby shipbuilding industry. Ballot language backed by five retired Navy rear admirals calls the plan "a dangerous first step toward elimination of San Diego's shipyards."

All San Diego residents, whether they live in Barrio Logan or not, can cast votes on the issue.

Comments

Avatar for user 'RLA'

RLA | May 26, 2014 at 6:23 p.m. ― 10 months ago

As the state government does all it can to run middle class jobs out of the state it looks like the council can't wait to join them. Perhaps if the council can move more businesses out and push more people into lesser paying jobs - or even better, onto the "entitlement rolls" they can pad their resumes for a run at state office.

Cynical? Yes! The middle class, blue collar jobs that were so abundant in the past have all but disappeared and it seems the trend will continue until there are only millionaires, waiters, gardeners and other service staff. A sad state of affairs.

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Avatar for user 'KB'

KB | May 29, 2014 at 1:08 p.m. ― 10 months ago

The sad part about all this is that we're letting the families in Barrio Logan lose out while the specious proposition about Barrio Logan gets brought to the ballot box. Kids' health is at stake here, and we have the chance to finally redress some zoning issues that have contributed, yet the conversation veers toward the sound bites and exaggerated claims.

If we truly agree that it takes compromises to make progress, then this is a textbook definition. It unfortunately got hijacked by well-funded corporate special-interests who have no desire to work with the community. And they're being masterful at distracting us with false claims that repeatedly get fact-checked as lies or exaggerations. Sad.

If the majority of Barrio Logan wants this community plan, then it's up to them to decide, not the broad San Diego electorate. Yes, it's that simple.

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sdreefer21 | May 31, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. ― 9 months, 4 weeks ago

have there been any documented cases of children getting sick because they live in barrio logan?

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