A rendering of a residential streetscape in the SDSU West initiative | Courtesy a representative of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Asian Business Association Endorses SDSU West

Carrie Rossenfeld Government & Public Policy

The SDSU West initiative continues to rack up support. The Asian Business Association of San Diego (ABASD), has thrown its hat in the ring by endorsing the initiative, formally known as Measure G, a representative of the initiative reports. A statement released by the source characterizes ABASD as “the region’s leading voice on business, cultural and political issues of interest to San Diego’s Asian and Pacific Islander community.”

As SoCal Real Estate has reported, the SDSU West initiative authorizes the City of San Diego to sell the SDCCU (formerly Qualcomm) Stadium property in the county’s Mission Valley submarket to San Diego State University for SDSU to develop a west campus including 66 acres for the San Diego River Park and active recreation space and a new 35,000-seat multi-use stadium to house SDSU Football and potentially professional soccer. SoccerCity, promoted by La Jolla, California–based FS Investors, offers a similar concept, but its promoters say taxpayers will be left footing the bill if SDSU West passes. Both concepts will be presented to San Diego voters as ballot initiatives in November.

SDSU has received significant support and endorsements in recent months. In July, Friends of SDSU released the results of a telephone survey of potential voters on whether they favor the SDSU West initiative or the proposed SoccerCity concept. The poll revealed that a strong majority of voters decisively favor SDSU West over SoccerCity, which voters indicated they preferred nearly two to one over the competing SoccerCity initiative, the representative reported.

The statement says the ABASD is the latest entry to a list of Measure G endorsements, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Linda Vista Planning Group, California State University Board of Trustees, Sierra Club, Lincoln Club of San Diego County, SDSU Alumni Association, Aztec Club and Aztec Football Legacy, among others.

In addition, as we reported in August, an appellate court rebuffed an attempt by San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott to remove from the November ballot a voter initiative on future use of the former football stadium site in Mission Valley. The court decision allows local voters either to approve or reject a proposed expansion of San Diego State University (SDSU) campus on the 166-acre stadium site formerly used by the San Diego Chargers.