Battle brewing over Mira Mesa community signs in Sorrento Valley
Neighbors at odds over where signs are placed
Last Updated: 44 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Residents are fired up after new signs commemorating the community of Mira Mesa popped up in Sorrento Valley.
“One day we woke up and there was Mira Mesa signage all over Sorrento Valley," said Julia Schriber, the Sorrento Valley Town Council president..
Chris Thayer, a Sorrento Valley resident, was also upset.
“I am outraged that this bogus group of Mira Mesa volunteers want to steal my property value, steal the location of my house, steal the prestige of this high tech neighborhood," said Thayer.
“They have taken it upon themselves to float a proposal that would destroy Sorrento Valley," said Ken Kaplan.
Mira Mesa Town Council President Ted Brengel told 10News the these are not signs of an invasion.
“The notion that Mira Mesa somehow took over a neighborhood is just not true," said Brengel.
Homes in Sorrento Valley sell for about double those in Mira Mesa. Residents said they're worried about their property values declining.
“I honestly don't think property values are at stake," said Brengel. "I really think if they embrace the richness of Mira Mesa that their property values could be enhanced by that. In Mira Mesa, we have wonderful education, rich culture and we have innovative industry.”
“We have our own identity as a neighborhood of Sorrento Valley; we're a high tech center, we have low population density," said Schriber.
The argument boiled over during a Monday night meeting of the Mira Mesa Planning Group.
“We are Sorrento Valley and we deserve recognition," Wendy Zamutt told the group "We deserve signs that say 'We are Sorrento Valley, a neighborhood in San Diego."
Chairman John Horst told the audience that there is no truth to the idea that the planning group was attempting to fold Sorrento Valley into Mira Mesa.
“Simply not true, we don't do that, we can't do that," said Horst. "We don't have jurisdiction over that.”
A representative from the San Diego City Council later said the Mira Mesa signs will soon be removed from Sorrento Valley locations.
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