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Position Statement

The stadium property in Mission Valley is the largest developable site in the city and is publicly owned. It represents a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve a spectacular outcome for all concerned – SDSU, the Mission Valley community, and the city as a whole.
Given these benefits, C-3 and several coalition partners have urged the Mayor and City to conduct open discussions with the public over the terms of sale. C-3 and its coalition partners believe that such discussions should have occurred even before the start of the initiative campaigns that led to the city being required to sell the property to SDSU.
More transparency is needed in the sale negotiation process to ensure the City truly benefits from this opportunity. At the very least, C-3 wants to ensure that final sales terms include such priorities as: 
  • Enforcing commitments made by SDSU beyond the explicit terms of the initiative, such as actually building the portion of San Diego River Park within the site
  • Ensuring that redevelopment of the site will be consistent with the Mission Valley Community Plan, the City’s Climate Action Plan, site plans previously presented by the San Diego River Park Foundation, and other relevant planning documents, to integrate the project into the surrounding community
  • Addressing housing needs by including the maximum feasible amount of affordable housing units
  • Requiring that redevelopment of the site fully connect to multiple transportation options serving Mission Valley as a whole
  • Recognizing the proximity of the project to the San Diego River and maximizing connectivity to the river
  • Maximizing inclusion of sustainable design and development features
If the process continues in a private manner, behind closed doors, any resulting transaction may be tainted with suspicions that it constitutes a “sweetheart deal” not necessarily serving the public interest. Yet, whatever is developed on the site presumably will remain there for generations to enjoy. 
A more open process, involving both the public and the City Council, will ensure that such development will be a public asset now and for future generations. 
C-3 has continuously requested an opportunity to engage the public on this vital issue. As such, we will continue to work as a stakeholder in SDSU's planning process and engage the Mayor and City Councilmembers on key decisions.
Email Urban Core KAN Co-Chair Dave Abrams to get involved.


The C-3 Mission Valley Committee concluded weeks of analysis and consultations by submitting extensive comments on the Draft EIR for the SDSU Mission Valley project. The comments addressed shortcoming in the project description, the environmental impact analyses, and the proposed mitigation measures. They were based in part on input from a dozen other organizations, some of which also submitted comments individually. SDSU is required to respond to all comments received. If the comments require sufficiently extensive revision of the DEIR, SDSU may need to recirculate the document for a second round of review and comments. In the meantime, the City of San Diego, which is in negotiations with SDSU for transfer of the project site, also submitted detailed comments, many of which are similar to those from C-3.

The transmittal containing C-3’s comments may be viewed here.


Cary Lowe, Principal, Mediation & Facilitation Services 

Roger Lewis, Urban Entrepreneur 

Jonathan Frankel, Chair, Mission Valley Community Planning Group

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