Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas backed SANDAG’s Measure A, successfully lobbied for a tax increase in Chula Vista to fund infrastructure upgrades and boosts housing developments in the South Bay and beyond. But both she and Chula Vista still struggle to get a seat at the table when it comes to SANDAG and the projects it oversees.
Developers have the inside track both to staff and elected officials in numerous jurisdictions, often using (and sometimes abusing) their connections and their significant campaign contributions for their personal gain.
The rejection of Measure T in Encinitas and Measure B countywide sent a message that many county residents simply aren’t open to new development – whether it happens in established metro areas, or in rural spaces.
As the county rewrites its Climate Action Plan, it’s simultaneously considering several big developments that could impact the environment. Environmentalists are concerned the projects would make it impossible for the county to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets the state says it needs to meet by 2030.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan discuss the Lilac Hills Ranch project and how the proposal that voters will consider in November is different from the one the Board of Supervisors nearly approved last year.
The County Board of Supervisors will decide the next step for Lilac Hills Ranch on Tuesday. If they approve the project outright, instead of sending it to the November ballot for voters to decide, neighbors say they’ll sue the county for ignoring its own safety standards.
Major residential or commercial projects can completely change neighborhoods – for better or worse – and can require millions of dollars, ballot initiatives and lawsuits just to get started. Here are seven major projects to keep an eye on in 2016.
Michael Beck, a member of the County Planning Commission who runs the Endangered Habitats Conservancy, has amassed complaints over the years that he’s too willing to compromise with developers. Beck has also helped conserve thousands of acres of San Diego County land.
Any amendments to the county’s general plan should be consistent with the plan’s underlying principles, not ways to navigate around them.
State Sen. Marty Block joined the podcast and called money for a Chargers stadium “corporate welfare.” Councilman Scott Sherman also called in to talk about the city’s inept code enforcement division.