The regulations, five years in the making, would have separated industrial and residential land uses that are intermingled in the economically disadvantaged neighborhood south of downtown San Diego. The regulations were put on hold pending the outcome of the election.
Opponents, led by the area’s shipyards, contended that a buffer zone created between homes and industrial areas will eventually force important suppliers to the maritime industry to move by making it too difficult for them to remodel or expand. They said the impact would be a higher cost of doing business and a loss of jobs.
The shipyards, led by General Dynamics NASSCO and BAE Systems, collected enough signatures to force the issue to a public vote. Two propositions were required because the zoning plan passed on a pair of 5-4 council votes — one on an ordinance and another on a resolution.
“The broad-based maritime coalition that opposed this plan is encouraged that voters are agreeing with our position that we can do a better job of protecting regional jobs and the health of Barrio Logan residents,” Kevin Graney, the vice president of operations at NASSCO, said as votes were being tallied. “If this trend continues, we all stand ready with Mayor (Kevin) Faulconer to work with Barrio Logan residents and businesses to make the needed improvements that will protect the future of the shipbuilding industry in San Diego and the residents of Barrio Logan.”
Supporters of the zoning plan contended that claims that jobs would be lost or the Navy would be forced to move were inaccurate.
City Council President Todd Gloria, who championed the zoning changes along with Councilman David Alvarez, took to Twitter to express his disappointment in the result.
“Money & lies used to undermine planning & democratic processes. City Council won’t forget about #BarrioLogan,” Gloria wrote.
San Diegans also supported Proposition A, the first of what is likely to be a several years-long series of proposed revisions to the City Charter.
The ballot measure will, among other things, set the city’s inauguration day for Dec. 10, or the first Monday following if that date lands on a weekend.
The charter currently schedules inaugurations for the mayor and City Council members on the first Monday following the first day of December. The problem is that the current arrangement schedules inaugurations 27-34 days following the general election, and the state allows county registrars of voters 28 days to certify the results. The Legislature is considering giving registrars two extra days.
The Dec. 10 date would be 32-38 days after a November election, eliminating a potential conflict. The change would also make the length of terms in office more consistent.
Approval of Proposition A will also change the City Charter to allow more time between a special election and a subsequent runoff.
Proposition E, a $29 million construction bond for the Coronado Unified School District that required a 55 percent “yes” vote to approve, passed comfortably, while almost nine out of 10 East County voters favored Proposition F, which said Grossmont Hospital should retain its affiliation with Sharp Healthcare.