Report: Coastal Neighborhoods Supported Measure E Least
MacKenzie Elmer, November 9, 2020
Diegans have spoken, cracking a hole in the dike that was
a 48-year rule against building anything taller than three
stories along the coast.
Midway District, an edgy industrial zone home to the aged
Pechanga Sports Arena, will be able to attract new and taller
development after over 56 percent of voters approved Measure
when you map out those votes by precinct, it reveals an interesting
trend. Vince Vasquez, an independent election data analyst,
tweeted those results after Election Day.
whole peninsula Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the Midway
District itself showed the least support for the measure
(though a majority still supported it in the latter two neighborhoods).
Precincts farthest from the coast carried the height limit
removal to victory instead.
Anyiwo, a Measure E campaign leader and vice chair of Midway-Pacific
Highway Community Planning Group, said there was a lot of
fear circulating among the planning groups in the areas that
voted against E.
didnt understand what the measure was doing, what our
intent for the campaign and planning group really was,
he said. When we talk about equity and whats fair
San Diego at large knows what it wants.
messaging from the Measure E campaign framed the height limit
as a limit on job creation, housing and climate action.
saw a strong response from working class communities because
they are most impacted by these three intersecting crises,
said Nicole Capretz, founder and executive director of the
Climate Action Campaign. They know firsthand the need
to build more workforce housing in all neighborhoods, especially
those in the urban core near jobs and transit.
percent of voters in Pomerado, and neighborhoods east of I-15,
voted for Measure E. So did those in the urban core like North
Park, 61 percent yes, and Hillcrest, 63 percent yes.
Beach was the only precinct with less than 50 percent support,
at 45 percent voting yes.
makes sense because people in that area know its going
to destroy their quality of life, said John McNab, leader
of Save Our Access, a group that opposed Measure E.
who lives in Golden Hill, said erasing the height limit is
like giving developers a blank check, making way
for thousands more to crowd oceanside living.
reason people voted for the 30-foot height limit in the first
place was public access to the coast, McNab said.
group is still undertaking legal action to try and undo the
measure. Save Our Access Aug. 27 lawsuit claims the
city didnt consider the environmental impacts of removing
coastal height limits under Californias Environmental
case hasnt moved forward beyond the city of San Diego
filing a notice on Sept. 25 that itd like to hold a
DeLano, who represents Save Our Access, said Monday that theyre
waiting on the city to produce documents but made no further
have to wait and see whether the courts will uphold what the
majority of San Diegans want.