San Diego City Council: Amend the Municipal Code to allow the Plaza de Panama project to proceed
  • Petitioning Bob Filner

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San Diego Mayor
Bob Filner
San Diego City Council Member
Kevin Faulconer
San Diego City Council Member
Marti Emerald
San Diego City Council President
Todd Gloria
San Diego City Council President Pro Tem
Sherri Lightner
San Diego City Council Member
Mark Kersey
San Diego City Council Member
Lorie Zapf
San Diego City Council Member
Scott Sherman
San Diego City Council Member
David Alvarez

San Diego City Council: Amend the Municipal Code to allow the Plaza de Panama project to proceed

    1. Joshua Shapiro
    2. Petition by

      Joshua Shapiro

      San Diego, CA

Do you agree that Balboa Park--Plaza de Panama should be returned to pedestrians rather than kept in its current and deteriorating state as a parking lot? Then please sign the petition and pass along to your friends, family, and colleagues.

The Plaza de Panama Project will remove traffic and parking and return pedestrians to the core of Balboa Park by creating six acres of usable park space. The vast majority of the project would be funded by private donations, not taxpayer dollars.


In July 2012, after hundreds of public meetings, years of design and numerous City hearings, the San Diego City Council approved the project with a 6-1 vote. However the project was challenged in court by a small but vocal group that was able stop the project on a legal technicality. On February 4, 2013 the San Diego Superior Court reached a “reluctant conclusion” and ruled that the Plaza de Panama Project violated the City’s Municipal Code because the land in question already has a “reasonable beneficial use” — even if it is a parking lot. The court’s final ruling is crystal clear – this is a beneficial project for the City and its residents and its ruling comes with a heavy heart. The court writes that “the status quo in the Plaza de Panama results in an ‘undesirable park experience’” and that this “long desired project” is “a wonderful opportunity”. The court goes on - “the positives from the project seem to far outweigh the negatives” and the opposition is “shortsighted” in arguing that the existing cars and traffic conditions are a “reasonable beneficial use”.

We are at a historic cross-roads in Balboa Parks history and I urge you to tell The City Council to set this right by amending its Municipal Code to allow the Plaza de Panama project to proceed as approved. Please sign today and urge The City Council to take action and not let this important opportunity to improve Balboa Park for generations to come pass us by!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Filner circus is over – now let’s get to work

      Joshua Shapiro
      Petition Organizer
      Filner circus is over - now let's get to work

      Mayor Bob Filner's resignation doesn't have to mean stagnation at City Hall while we wait for a special election to fill his job. City Council President Todd Gloria, the other council members, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and interim Chief Operating Officer Walt Ekard can get San Diego back on track, and we hope they rise to the occasion.

    3. Jacobs dream for Balboa Park renewed

      Joshua Shapiro
      Petition Organizer
    4. Plaza de Panama Remodel Would Come After 2015 If Appeal Works

      Joshua Shapiro
      Petition Organizer
      Plaza de Panama Remodel Would Come After 2015 If Appeal Works

      The impetus for a plan to remake Balboa Park's western entrance was the impending centennial celebration in 2015. A judge's ruling this year seemed to doom that plan: Even if proponents appealed, there'd be no way to construct the new features in the park in time for the expected celebrations.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Gloria Hoping To Revive Plaza de Panama Plan

      Joshua Shapiro
      Petition Organizer
      Gloria Hoping To Revive Plaza de Panama Plan | KPBS.org

      San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor judge effectively killed plans to revamp Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park when he ruled the city violated the municipal code in approving the project. Now City Council President Todd Gloria is exploring ways the project might be brought back to life.

    8. Reached 50 signatures
    9. A 50-year dream: Council must keep Balboa

      Joshua Shapiro
      Petition Organizer

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Martin SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 2 months ago

      2 reasons, 1 the parking lot is ugly. 2 I'm an archer, and I'd like to see Morley field returned to its glory.

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    • Kristofer Hansen AURORA, IL
      • 4 months ago

      I grew up in the park shared a lot memories with family and friends

      I hav recently been through park and it seem estrange to be parking there

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    • Roberto Gutierrez SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Because it will help conserve the B Park with renovation and invite more traffic to enjoy park. I grew up in San Diego and used facilities as a Boy Scout, used Muni Gym, ate at Del Rey Moro and sister got married at same building, I saw Ike and Tina Turner perform there, San Diego H.S. dances, my high school graduation at bowl next to Ford Building, etc. It just goes on...

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    • Ian Mark Skyrme HEREFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      I have worked in San Diego and visited Balboa Park. This an Historic and cultural centre. It deserves to be developed in a sensitive way for the benefit of the people as an 'open space', for commmunity recreation. I love your city as visitor, please love it those of you who live and work there.

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    • tom barker VICTORIA, TX
      • 7 months ago

      public park acess

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