Opposition fights against stadium measures, C and D

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Measures C and D — the two stadium issues — have generated the most interest for San Diego voters.

While the Chargers are doing radio interviews and organizing sign-waving plans for the vote on Tuesday, the "No on C and D" camp held a news conference for a final push to defeat both.

Much of the opposition has come from the Taxpayers Association and the lodging industry on the tax issue, for Barrio Logan residents, it’s about preserving their community.

The residents of Barrio Logan has struggled to preserve their culture and the community as San Diego was being built out, the Coronado Bridge and the I-5 are examples.

Mario Terero’s new mural on a building on National Avenue illustrates how a stadium would disturb the community’s culture and bring gentrification to the area.

"It’s the stadium that’s really shadowing us pretty heavy in this area. We’ve been fighting to preserve the place since we started Chicano Park 46 years ago," Terero said.

These folks say the bridge and the highway were constructed without any input from residents, but they’ve managed to preserve the culture of the Barrio. Now they have another fight on their hands.

"Prop C is a huge threat to kick us out. The stadium fooled everyone. ‘It’s just a stadium,’ but it’s not. It’s a huge development and I want our people to understand. Please do not vote for this proposition," said Rachel Ortiz, a resident of Barrio Logan and activist. 

Since both of these measures are citizens initiatives, there could not be any input from the city and the folks here say they had no input so their voice has been taken away.

A stadium on the last available land downtown would also impinge on residents of the East Village by blocking views and separating surrounding communities.

"A stadium and convadium of this stature and magnitude has never been built adjacent to history, existing residential communities," said Rob Quigley, an East Village architect. 

The polling suggests the voters are with the opposition. Support for both measures are below 50 percent and two-thirds is needed.

An analysis by National University said the long ballot may not help, causing some voter drop-off or skipping down ballot races.

However, that volatility may result in some surprises.

Analyst Vince Vasquez writes campaigns with sophisticated targeting techniques, which the Chargers have employed. With this, they might be able to overcome the drop-offs and make the races closer than they otherwise would be.

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