A park not a wall
San Diego has one of the best climates on its coast for outdoor sports and recreation. During the summer it becomes a prime destination for people particularly from all around Southern California, Arizona and Las Vegas to escape oppressive heat and recharge.
While population grows, the San Diego politicians constantly looks for ways to give away our coastal land to developers in exchange for campaign contributions. The current target is approximately 700 acres between San Diego Bay and Mission Bay. 500 acres of this land is the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and 200 acres is various other Federal and local government properties. To make the giveaway more profitable for developers, the city has placed a ballot measure to lift a 30' coastal height limit so high rises can tower on our public land a second time.
The reason San Diego's 30' coastal height limit was created by San Diego citizens was to enable everyone to be able to access the national treasure that is the San Diego coast and beaches. They did not want it turned into Miami Beach.
The previous ballot measure in 2020 was contested by Save Our Access. The reason was that the city did not do the proper environmental review. They skipped that step because that would have shown their plans which were to virtually barricade the beaches and coast from visitors and locals living inland. In fact, right after that first vote, plans were unveiled for a forest of 34 story high rises on our land.
A judge agreed with Save Our Access in December 2021. The City of San Diego has appealed the ruling. They also rushed an environmental review that ignored the judges' orders and any review that would show how their plans would clog up the coast. Then they placed the issue on this years' 2022 November ballot.
While other groups are campaigning against the measure, Save Our Access continues to fund legal efforts to ensure that the city follows the law and provides full disclosure to the citizens about their plans. We also advocate for the protection of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot which the city has targeted at least three times for closure so they could give to developers and well connected parties the property in a deal like they did at the now-closed Naval Training Center. 280 prime waterside acres there was given to a insider developer for $8.
The other 200 acres of historic public land Save Our Access advocates to become a bay to bay Veterans • Sports Park. A destination sports and recreation magnet that combines San Diego's rich history of elite military training and cutting-edge outdoors sports to create for the public a most unique place for water and land sports. This park would increase access to the coast and link both bays and the Old Town Trolley Station. Creating this park would create a place that shows the best of San Diego and which would rival the San Diego Zoo as a landmark.
Your donation helps further the legal and educational efforts needed to halt the city's giveaway of our most precious lands and allow citizens to directly enjoy their land.
We appreciate your help.