Measure G leaves taxpayers funding the construction of a river park.

 

The Facts:

 
 

Does the initiative require the purchaser to build the river park?

According to the City Attorney Memo on 3/1/2018:

“No…The Existing Stadium Site to be sold to SDSU, et al., does not include the land for the River Park, which would remain under City ownership…The Initiative does not address who would plan, build, and maintain the River Park, who would obtain any required permits, and how construction and other costs would be funded. There is no remedy in the Initiative if the River Park is not constructed”

 

The Measure G Initiative specifically excludes the river park land

The People of the City of San Diego desire to… sell the Existing Stadium Site to SDSU” -Measure G Initiative, Section 2(B)(6)

The land south of the “Existing Stadium Site” is where the River Park should be, but Measure G does not sell that land, meaning the City retains it and must fund the park.

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Measure G IS CAREFULLY WORDED TO EXEMPT THE CITY GENERAL FUND FROM PAYING…

“River Park improvements shall be made at no cost to the City General Fund”

Measure G Initiative, Section 22.0908(i)

But the Capital Improvements Program fund is the source of funds for park construction/improvements

“The CIP descriptions clearly establish that a project is capital in nature…All capital projects are clearly represented by a City department and categorized by project type and improvement type…For example,… construction of a new park.”

 
 

So, Measure G Uses taxpayer money to build the park… and proponents have said so publicly

“If we can get them, why shouldn’t we get them?” -Steve Doyle, Developer and Proponent of Measure G

And a taxpayer-funded park would increase the value of the land for the developers behind measure g

“It has a significant effect on increasing the value of the real estate.” -Gordon Carrier, SDSU Consultant and Measure G Proponent