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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of San Diego
Measure I Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

383,025 votos si (77.92%)

108,565 votos no (22.08%)

Regarding Balboa Park and San Diego High School
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Shall City Charter section 55 be amended to authorize the City Council to lease the dedicated park property in Balboa Park currently occupied by San Diego High School, to the San Diego Unified School District for educational, cultural, recreational, and civic programs and activities, provided that the property is used for a public high school?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Pros y Contras — Explicación objetiva con argumentos a favor y en contra

Fuente: League of Women Voters San Diego

La propuesta

What it would do

 

If approved, the proposed ballot measure will change Charter Section 55 to allow a public school facility (San Diego High School) to continue to occupy dedicated parkland in Balboa Park beyond its current lease, which runs out in 2024.

Sus partidarios dicen

 

  • The Charter Section change would allow San Diego High School to remain in Balboa Park for the foreseeable future.

  • Approval of the ballot measure would save the San Diego Unified District millions of dollars to otherwise build a new school facility to relocate San Diego High School.

  • Scarce San Diego High dollars would be better spent directly on education of its students rather than on building a replacement facility for San Diego High.

  • Students at San Diego High would be able to continue to enjoy the educational amenities available in Balboa Park and the benefits of coexisting in proximity to the San Diego City College campus.

  • These advantages contribute to the school's ability to attract a diverse student population, in addition to serving as the local high school for nearby, low-income communities.

Sus oponentes dicen

 

  • Enabling a lessee to ignore a legal obligation to the City of San Diego is a very bad precedent to set. The San Diego Unified School board signed a lease for 50 years in 1974; in return, the School District agreed to begin planning for removal of the high school from Balboa Park by the time the lease expired.

  • Approval of the ballot measure could encourage future efforts to bring non-park uses into San Diego’s parks.

  • Return of the 34 acres of parkland on which the high school is located would allow a range of public recreational uses to be created in Balboa Park.
  • State law prohibits educational institutions in public parks.

  • Approval of the ballot measure by a simple majority, as called for by the City Council, would set a precedent which would make meaningless the existing requirement of a 2/3 vote for a change of use in dedicated parkland.

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Resumen

San Diego City Attorney

This measure would amend the San Diego Charter to allow the City Council to approve a lease of dedicated park property in Balboa Park to the San Diego Unified School District for as long as the property is used for a public high school. The San Diego Unified School District’s use of the property would be limited to educational, cultural, recreational, and civic programs and activities. The property that the City could lease to the San Diego Unified School District would be limited to the area in Balboa Park that is currently used by San Diego High School, as described in the ordinance approved by the City Council on August 2, 2016, Ordinance O-20721. 

Antecedentes

San Diego City Attorney

The City Council initiated this ballot measure and voted to place it on the ballot. If approved, the Charter amendment would become effective after it is chaptered by the California Secretary of State.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

San Diego City Attorney

San Diego Charter section 55 governs the City’s use of dedicated parkland. Dedicated parkland is City-owned property that the City Council or California Legislature has formally set aside for park or recreation purposes forever, either by adopting a Council ordinance or State statute. Balboa Park is dedicated parkland. The City formally set aside and dedicated it as a public park in 1868. The California Legislature approved the dedication in 1870.

Once City-owned property is dedicated as parkland, Charter section 55 requires the City to use that parkland for park or recreation purposes forever. The Charter provides that the City may use dedicated parkland for another purpose that is not park or recreation if that use is approved by two-thirds of the City’s voters. A school is not a park or recreation use.

In the 1880s, a school began operating in Balboa Park. Over time, that school became San Diego High School. In 1974, the San Diego Unified School District and the City settled a lawsuit between them concerning San Diego High School. As a result of this settlement, the City leased the property where San Diego High School is located to the San Diego Unified School District for fifty years. The school use in Balboa Park was allowed to continue during the lease. The lease will expire in 2024.

After the lease expires, the City may not lease the property in Balboa Park for a school use again unless one of two things occurs: (1) the school use is approved by two-thirds of the City’s voters, under the current language in the Charter, or (2) the Charter is amended by a majority of the City’s voters to allow the school use.

This ballot measure follows the second option. If approved by a majority of the City’s voters, the measure would amend Charter section 55 by allowing, but not requiring, the City Council to approve a new lease with the San Diego Unified School District for a public high school in Balboa Park. The measure would allow the City to lease the property to the San Diego Unified School District for educational, cultural, recreational, and civic programs and activities, but the property must be used for a public high school. If approved, the property that could be leased would be limited to the property where San Diego High School is currently located, as described in the 1974 lease and City Council Ordinance O-20721, adopted August 2, 2016.

Efectos fiscales

San Diego City Attorney

This measure would allow the City to authorize a continued lease with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) that would allow San Diego High School to remain in its current location on dedicated parkland in Balboa Park.

There is no expected immediate fiscal impact to this measure, though there may be potential future revenues associated with ongoing rent payments from SDUSD for use of the land, subject to negotiations between the City and SDUSD.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I

PROTECT SAN DIEGO HIGH SCHOOL

San Diego High is one of California’s oldest schools and has been educating students for more than 130 years. It is San Diego’s longest-standing high school and is a cherished part of the city’s history.

This measure will ensure the school can continue serving students for generations to come, building on the long history of partnership between the City and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).

VOTE YES! SAVE SAN DIEGO HIGH

  • Ensure San Diego High School remains on the site it has occupied since 1882.
  • Allow students to continue learning without disrupting their education.
  • Maintain public access to campus recreational facilities for local youth sports and community organizations such as Veterans Village of San Diego. San Diego High School’s stadium hosts more than 1,000 events annually with nearly 40,000 attendees.
  • Continue the maintenance of community facilities by SDUSD at no additional cost to the City of San Diego.

A NO VOTE WILL LEAVE TAXPAYERS AND OUR KIDS ON THE HOOK!

  • Displaces over 2,000 students who would be forced to leave their neighborhood school, resulting in crowded campuses, uncertainty for local families, and larger class sizes in other district high schools.
  • Costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to construct an alternative high school. Given the scarcity of nearby land, SDUSD may be required to condemn homes to acquire land and build a new high school.
  • Requires the costly demolition of this century-old facility at taxpayer expense.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE “I”

www.savesandiegohigh.com

SUPPORTERS
Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins
State Senator Joel Anderson
Councilmember Todd Gloria
Councilmember Scott Sherman
San Diego Unified School Board & Superintendent Cindy Marten
Scott Barnett, President TaxpayersAdvocate.org
7000 San Diego Teachers - SDEA
San Diego-Imperial Labor Council
San Diego High School ASB, Alumni Association & Foundation 

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DAVID ALVAREZ 
Councilmember, City of San Diego

KEVIN FAULCONER
Mayor, City of San Diego

WILLIAM A. KOWBA 
Rear Admiral, USN (ret), Chairman, Veterans Village of San Diego

GABRIELA CONTRERAS-MISIRLIOGLU 
President, San Diego High School PTSA

LIVIA BORAK 
President, League of Conservation Voters, San Diego

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE I

City Politicians and the School District propose a scheme to give away dedicated Park Lands, reward a Lease breach, and eliminate Charter protections for dedicated Park Lands.

In 1974, competing claims to 34 acres of dedicated Balboa Park Lands were resolved. A Lease and Court Order permitted the District to remain for 50 years, paying a $200 annual rent. Most importantly the District agreed to vacate Park Lands in 2024, restoring them to park use. The District promised to acquire a non-Park site and build a new campus. In 42 years, the District has breached that obligation, doing nothing to create a new campus.

This Measure eliminates City Charter protections for dedicated Park Lands.

This Measure creates a Land Rush by every for-profit, charter and private school demanding “free land” in Balboa Park. Commercial development could follow.

This Measure gives away 34 acres of dedicated Park Lands, perhaps permanently.

This Measure forces Park users and taxpayers to bail out the wealthy District, reward a Lease breach, and deny future generations use of dedicated Park Lands.

This Measure discloses no details. Is this an absolute gift of priceless dedicated Park Lands to the wealthy School District ? Or will this be a brief lease, with significant rents, with income going to a fund earmarked to benefit Balboa Park? The politicians don’t disclose any details. They say “Trust Us”. That means trouble.

The District has two great sites for a High School, but prefers a gift of your Park Lands. That gift would come at enormous cost to the Park, its future, and the next generations of Park users.

Vote “NO” on the Politician’s dangerous give-away scheme.

[ SOHO did not co-author this Statement but joins in opposing Measure “I” as it sets a dangerous precedent weakening Park Land Charter Protections.]

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BRUCE D. COONS, Executive Director, Save Our Heritage Organisation [“SOHO”]

DAVID E. LUNDIN, President, Balboa Park Heritage Association

HAROLD VALDERHAUG, Assistant Chief City Attorney, City of San Diego [Retired]

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

[None]

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

[None]

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

¿Quién está a favor y en contra de esta iniciativa de ley?

Sí por Measure I

Organizaciónes (3)

Funcionarios electos y designados (0)
No por Measure I
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Más información

Noticias (8)

(At a glance) City of San Diego ballot measures, E-N — October 23, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
Good Schools for All: The Schools Issues on Your Ballot — October 20, 2016 Voice of San Diego
Measure I: Determining the future of San Diego High — September 21, 2016 San Diego City Beat
Judge: San Diego High School Ballot OK for Election — September 8, 2016 Times of San Diego
Faulconer Supports San Diego High Staying in Balboa Park — August 2, 2016 Times of San Diego

Videos (1)

— October 30, 2016 Voice of San Diego
Moderated by Andrew Keatts, assistant editor, Voice of San Diego, Todd Gloria, San Diego city councilman, Ron Roberts, county supervisor, Nicole Capretz, executive director, Climate Action Campaign, Chuck Lowery, deputy mayor, Oceanside, Tommy Hough, president, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental ActionMichael Beck, director of the Endangered Habitats League (helped design the city's Climate Action Plan)
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