Barrio Logan battle heats up

Voters to decide on June ballot

SAN DIEGO - Barrio Logan has not had its community plan updated since 1978. The one approved by the San Diego City Council is what is before voters in June.

"Make no mistake, the Barrio plan before voters is the Alvarez plan, not the community plan a lot of us worked on," said Rachael Ortiz, a longtime community activist.

Alvarez would be San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, who put forth a compromise that included a buffer zone which the council approved.  

It was challenged by the number of businesses that support the maritime industry and who are intermingled with homes.  

"B and C is just a bad plan," said former San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders who is featured in a television ad opposing the propositions.

Businesses that are already operating in Barrio Logan would not have to move if the propositions are approved, but any plans to expand would be subject to conditional use permits, which can be a lengthy and expensive process. The Environmental Health Coalition said because these businesses are co-mingled with homes, pollution, noise and otherwise, have had an a negative impact on the quality of life of those who live in Barrio Logan.

The divide became an issue during the mayoral race between Alvarez, who supported the plan and then-Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who opposed it.

Voters will now be asked to weigh in June 3.

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