Reject the Plaza de Panama Project as currently designed.
  • Petitioned Elizabeth Maland

This petition was delivered to:

City Clerk
Elizabeth Maland
San Diego Mayor
Jerry Sanders
San Diego City Council President Pro Tem
Kevin Faulconer
San Diego City Councilmember
Todd Gloria
San Diego City Council President
Tony Young
San Diego City Councilmember
Carl DeMaio
San Diego City Councilmember
Lorie Zapf
San Diego City Councilmember
Marti Emerald
San Diego City Councilmember
David Alvarez
San Diego City Councilmember
Sherri Lightner

Reject the Plaza de Panama Project as currently designed.

    1. SOHO San Diego
    2. Petition by

      SOHO San Diego

      San Diego, CA

The current proposal for a bypass bridge and roadway to be built onto the historic Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park is extremely destructive and would forever alter the iconic and ceremonial entrance to the park and the historic landscape that surrounds it.

Balboa Park belongs to all the people of San Diego and it is the public who should decide its future. This project is the seed of privatization and commercialization of the people’s park.

The plan also would disenfranchise many with the introduction of a paid parking garage in the core of the park.

The plan also threatens to strip the park of its National Historic Landmark District status.

Please ask that the City of San Diego reject the current proposal.


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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Patricia Machun SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      because we need to get rid of the cars....but not this way.

    • Melissa Karolides SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I like the idea of making the park more pedestrian-friendly, but this plan is wasteful and destructive. A parking area/shuttle system outside the park is a better alternative, and preserves the beauty and historic significance of the park.

    • Heather Greenberg SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      No one wants to pay for parking. This won't relieve the problem. Use existing parking lots on the East side, off Pershing Road (they could be improved) and trolley people across Florida Canyon to the main part of the park.

    • Wendy Ranck-Buhr SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Balboa Park is a gem for a city. It is a great resource for everyone who lives here and is still one of the few affordable options for a day out. Stop the privatization and commercialization of our beautiful park. We've already lost the charm of Old Town through similar measures. Don't make this mistake again.

    • Holly Bookwalter SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a native San Diegan - and the daughter of a native San Diegan - Balboa Park has played an immeasurable role in my life. As a child, I attended many events there, participated in Civic Dance classes and performances, and visited the museums and San Diego Zoo. As a mother of two, I now take my children there and tell them about our unique and precious resource. I let them know that it was due to the generosity of the founders of Balboa Park that we're so fortunate to have this wonderful and historic landmark. I also make it clear that we must protect it vigilantly, never taking it for granted. Unfortunately, due to my own opposition of the current proposal - which in fact threatens the historic designation of the bridge, necessitates fees for parking in what is supposed to be a free resource, and detracts from the architectural beauty of our bridge - I would be considered by certain people to be someone who wants to hold up "progress" for the Park, someone who doesn't care about it. In fact, I care very deeply. Given that there are alternatives that *do* remove traffic, cost less, actually provide more parking spaces, and don't do irreparable harm to the bridge, we owe it to ourselves and to Balboa Park to consider such alternatives. Furthermore, I question anyone who would insist that the publicly touted plan is the only one demonstrative of "progress" and a true love of our Park. It seems to me that, if one truly loves Balboa Park, they would be open to considering the BEST course of action, not just the one the powerful people seem to support for reasons unknown.


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