Roundtable: Another Referendum; The Future of Logan Heights; Bike Lane Backlash
Friday, March 27, 2015
One Paseo Update
Opponents of the One Paseo project are fighting on. Led by City Council President Sherri Lightner, they delivered 60,000 signatures this week to keep the development out of Carmel Valley. But the developers aren’t giving up either. They countered by collecting nearly 30,000 signatures of people who signed, but now want their names removed from the anti Paseo petitions. Backers also funded a bogus campaign, just so they could snatch up the best petition workers.
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This is the fifth attempt to overturn decisions by San Diego lawmakers since December 2013, including an increase in the minimum wage, a new community plan for Barrio Logan, and a development fee that would have helped pay for affordable housing. Councilman Todd Gloria is not amused and would like to make the referendum process more difficult.
Logan Heights Community Plan
While Logan Heights residents aren’t as opposed to “smart growth” and density as their neighbors to the north, they do fear change. And it’s not the traffic, new people and crime they’re worried about. It’s that they will be priced out if their neighborhood improves. A proposed community plan leaves an industrial area as it is instead of setting it aside for homes. And that’s just fine with residents, who live next to auto-wrecking plants and scrap metal yards. But it’s not fine by Councilman David Alvarez, who fought against homes slammed next to industry in Barrio Logan. And it emphasizes how badly lacking the city is for affordable housing.
Bike Lane Backlash
The climate action plan recently released by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer calls for an increase in the number of people who bike to work from 1 percent to 18 percent by 2035. It makes sense that local governments are pushing to make the region more bike friendly. More bikes on the road means less greenhouse-gas emissions, healthier residents and cheaper commutes. But how to do it? Business owners in Hillcrest are pushing back against a plan for a protected bike lane along University Avenue. And in the College Area, Councilwoman Marti Emerald is asking for a proposed bike lane to be denied, in favor of additional lanes for vehicular traffic.
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