Three San Diego County Supervisors announced their support for Measure G Thursday, less than one week before San Diego voters decide the fate of the SDCCU Stadium site.
Supervisors Kristin Gaspar, Dianne Jacob and Greg Cox endorsed the measure, known as SDSU West, which would redevelop the stadium site into a new 35,000-seat football stadium for the San Diego State University Aztecs, a river park, retail and residential space and a campus extension. Jacob and Cox are both SDSU alumni.
“Measure G provides an opportunity to drastically advance our region,” Jacob said. “Prioritizing education is critical, and doing so through an open and transparent process is essential. We have a chance to significantly strengthen SDSU and the future of San Diego.”
SDSU West is competing against the SoccerCity initiative, officially on the ballot as Measure E. A voter passage of SoccerCity would enable the backing group, La Jolla-based investment firm FS Investors, to build a 23,500- seat stadium meant primarily for a professional soccer team. SoccerCity also includes the river park and residential and commercial space, but does not explicitly include a campus extension the way SDSU West does.
The supervisors are the latest in a relatively long and bipartisan list of politicians and organizations supporting SDSU West, including the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, the San Diego County Democratic Party and San Diego City Council members Barbara Bry, Lorie Zapf, Chris Ward, Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez.
SoccerCity supporters include former Olympic soccer stars Landon Donavan and Shannon MacMillan, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilman Scott Sherman, who represents the district that encompasses the stadium site.
“Supporting Measure G is the right choice for our City, students and taxpayers,” Gaspar said. “As a County Supervisor, I know that Measure G provides the most protections for the San Diego region. As a mom of three children, I am proud to support an initiative that will expand a higher education institution and provide enhanced opportunities for thousands of students in the generations to come.”
— City News Service