City leaders join community campaign to overturn One Paseo decision

San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner and Vice Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Dave Roberts joined community leaders March 11 and referendum proponents Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods to announce their support for the referendum to overturn approval of One Paseo and stop the project in Carmel Valley from setting a dangerous precedent for San Diego.

“I stand with my constituents and thousands of San Diegans in opposition to One Paseo. This project will cause Carmel Valley irreparable harm, and if allowed to proceed, the precedent it sets could destroy the community planning process throughout the entire City,” said Lightner.

Among those in attendance at the news conference included: members of Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods, a group of concerned residents that have launched a referendum campaign on the City Council’s One Paseo decision; Joe LaCava, Chair of the San Diego Community Planners Committee; representatives of local planning boards; Councilmember Terry Sinnott of the City of Del Mar; Council Member Dwight Worden of the City of Del Mar; former San Diego City Council Member Ed Harris; former San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price; members of What Price Main Street?; and members of Mitigate One Paseo.

“The numerous concerns about One Paseo are evident from the widespread opposition the project has created. If allowed to proceed, this project could forever reshape the face of San Diego. Residents throughout the City must join together to defeat this project and send a strong message that San Diego communities will not sit idly by and allow community protections to be eroded,” said Vice Chairman Roberts.

Seeking to overturn the City Council’s approval of the One Paseo project, Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods is working to qualify a referendum that would require the Council to rescind its vote or place the issue on the ballot. The deadline for submitting signatures is March 25.

“We have received tremendous support for the referendum effort to overturn One Paseo. Residents in communities throughout San Diego are concerned about the impacts this decision could have on them,” said Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods representative Bob Freund. “Our signature gathering efforts are going strong, and we are confident we will qualify the petition.”

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— Submitted press release