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Balboa Park’s Plaza De Panama Project Once Again In Court

Pictured is the fountain in the center of the Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park,...

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Above: Pictured is the fountain in the center of the Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park, Jan. 15, 2015.

Plaza de Panama Project In Court


Lisa Halverstadt, reporter, Voice of San Diego


There are currently two lawsuits in play against the Plaza de Panama make-over in Balboa Park. One of them has made it into court.

The suit, filed by attorney Cory Briggs for San Diegans for Open Government, said the City Council should have sought voter approval before deciding to issue bonds to pay for the city's share of the then $78 million plan.

The plaza redesign was first championed by philanthropist Irwin Jacobs and then-Mayor Jerry Sanders. The City Council approved the plan to use bonds to cover the city's cost in 2016.

Officials have become alarmed at the delays, saying that escalating costs could scuttle the project altogether.

And there is another lawsuit in the wings. Save Our Heritage Organisation filed an appeal when it lost a suit on the lack of environmental review of the project.

That suit may not reach an appeals court for many more months.


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