Artist’s rendering of the proposed San Diego State University expansion on the current site of SDCCU Stadium. | Courtesy SDSU and a representative of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Still More Support for SDSU West

Carrie Rossenfeld Government & Public Policy

Cultural organizations have been coming out in public support of Measure G. A representative of the measure, which is on San Diego voters’ November ballot as one of two potential solutions to redeveloping Mission Valley’s SDCCU Stadium, reports that The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SDCHCC) has now endorsed the initiative, known as the SDSU West Initiative.

As SoCal Real Estate reported yesterday, the Asian Business Association of San Diego has also endorsed the initiative. Now, the SDCHCC, which the representative’s statements calls “San Diego’s largest business association representing the San Diego-Tijuana Hispanic business community,” has joined in as well.

According to the statement, SDCHCC’s president Juan Carlos Hernandez, says, “The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our support for Measure G. It is clear to us that this initiative would be beneficial to our community, businesses, and education infrastructure. This pioneering initiative would enable San Diego State University to become even more of a catalyst for innovation and economic development.”

The statement goes on to say that SDCHCC is a not-for-profit entity founded in 1989 by a group of business owners who recognized the need for an organization to assist and promote the interests of the Hispanic entrepreneurs in San Diego County. “Since their founding, they have elevated themselves to become the leading Hispanic organization in the County, with a diverse membership of more than 500 active members and affiliates made up of small business owners, corporate representatives, and government leaders.”

In particular, SDCHCC approved of the initiative’s intentions to help San Diego State University and the San Diego region thrive, according to the statement, citing the measure’s “commitment to creating an academic research park that increases collaboration between education, research, entrepreneurship, and high-tech business to further SDSU’s role as the leading research university among the 23 California State Universities and to solidify the region as an economic powerhouse.”

Measure G spokesperson Katy Temple adds in the statement, “Measure G will help grow San Diego State University and is good for San Diego. We’re honored to have the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s unanimous support of Measure G alongside an unprecedented coalition of San Diegans working together to transform the Mission Valley stadium site into a vibrant university campus that benefits our entire community.”

In addition, another release from the representative on Thursday says that The San Diego County Democratic Party voted by a resounding majority to endorse Measure G. An official vote on Tuesday evening held by the San Diego County Democratic Party’s governing body, the Central Committee (comprising local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District during presidential election years as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees), showed 40-9 were in support of the initiative, according to the release. The Party represents about 550,000 voters in San Diego County, the second-largest population of Democrats in California, and the fifth-largest official Democrat organization in the United States, the statement says.