Petition drive to put Carlsbad mall to public vote appears successful

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — Opponents of a planned shopping mall that would overlook the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad turned in 9,100 petition signatures Thursday in a bid to put the project before voters.

The plan by Los Angeles open-air shopping mall developer Caruso Affiliated would preserve 85 percent of about 203 acres of open space near Interstate 5 and Cannon Road. Much of the property has been used for decades to grow strawberries.

The company contends the project will maintain most of the open space and allow the popular farming operation to continue. The development plans have already been approved by the Carlsbad City Council.

However, a group called Citizens for North County formed to oppose the Caruso project, and has received backing from the Sierra Club of San Diego, League of Women Voters and local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, among other organizations.

The group opposes the council’s approval of the project, which allowed it to bypass the normal environmental review. Members of the group want the project to go before the city’s voters.

State law requires a referendum to have valid signatures from 10 percent of a locality’s registered voters to force action by the City Council. In Carlsbad’s case, that’s over 6,000 signatures, according to data from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

If enough signatures are deemed valid, the City Council will have to decide whether to call an election for sometime next year.

7 comments

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  • thechurchofchrismartin

    I don’t even live anywhere close to Carlsbad but Surfrider asked it’s members to get involved to help preserve this land from development. I sent several emails to the Carlsbad Mayor & Council, who seem to be putty in the hands of that LA developer. So happy to see that there was enough signatures gathered by concerned citizens to put this issue to a vote. Hopefully, this very bad idea of building a SHOPPING MALL along the Lagoon will be given the heave-ho!

  • NotBuyingCarusoManure

    The Carlsbad City Council sounds completely corrupt, bamboozled by the slick trickery of Caruso’s big money. What a total disgrace of local government. Bypassing environmental studies, bypassing a vote by the citizens, transparency of this project – all were not deemed necessary by the City Council. People of Carlsbad shoukld vote each of these crooks OUT of office, starting with Matt Hall – a bought SELLOUT. Carlsbad – you are better than this, and the REAL locals are finally showing up to take its city back. Bravo.

  • Carl s. Bad

    I’m glad we will finally be able to vote for this because I think it’s a great idea. The land is wasted and will be used for something silly anyhow.

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