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San Diego Explained: The Legal Issues Hanging Over the Plaza de Panama Project

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt explain the Panama de Plaza revamp and take a closer look at the groups that want to block it.

Last year, the city of San Diego revived its efforts to overhaul Balboa Park’s main square, the Plaza de Panama, which had for years been used a parking lot for visitors.

A lawsuit back in 2012 stalled the project for years, but the city recently approved a financing plan and scheduled the project to start in October.

The financing plan relies on bonds and paid parking to help pay the city’s $80 million share, and Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and other local philanthropists have pledged to raise $30 million.

But two groups that oppose the effort have filed lawsuits to stop it.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt explain the Panama de Plaza revamp and take a closer look at the groups that want to block the project.

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