While Mayor Kevin Faulconer has avoided stating a position on the Chargers’ plans for a downtown stadium and convention center annex, he did add his name to ballot arguments for six other city measures that will go before San Diego voters this fall.
In all, San Diego voters in the November election will face a dozen city ballot measures, two countywide initiatives and 17 state propositions. Supporting and opposing arguments for the city of San Diego measures that will appear in voter pamphlets were submitted Thursday and made available today.
Faulconer signed arguments in favor of:
— Measure G, which would offer mild reforms to the Citizens Review Board on Police Practices;
— Measure H, which would update City Charter sections on purchasing and contracting;
— Measure I, which would allow San Diego High School to remain operating in Balboa Park after its lease expires in eight years;
— Measure J, which would extend a City Charter section on the use of Mission Bay lease revenue, and make a larger portion available for improving regional parks; and
— Measure M, which would increase a lid on the number of affordable housing units the city of San Diego can develop, construct or acquire.
Of those five, only the San Diego High question received an opposing argument. Advocates for public parkland contend the city is required to turn the campus property over to the public for park use.
The mayor also attached his name to opposition to the controversial Measure K, which would require automatic runoff elections for city offices.
For the Chargers’ stadium plan, officials in the mayor’s office have said Faulconer needed to time to study the proposal before announcing his position. His office didn’t immediately reply to request for comment.
Organizations that generally match the mayor’s point of view — the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and San Diego County Taxpayers Association — have split on Measure C, with the chamber endorsing and the SDCTA opposing.
The mayor also didn’t weigh in on arguments over Measure D, which would raise the hotel room tax to 15.5 percent, prohibit an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and encourage conversion of the Qualcomm Stadium property to education and recreational uses should the Chargers vacate the facility.
–City News Service
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