Save Park Blvd San Diego and Demand Better Government Communication and Transparency – Petition

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The following is the text of a petition started by San Diego residents who want to save Park Boulevard and are calling for “better communication and transparency from government:”

The City of San Diego continues to make drastic changes to our neighborhoods without thinking about the impact of the whole community and not just a few and always in the best interests of the developers!

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, his team, and the Chief of Transportation have been to neighborhoods like North Park, Mira Mesa, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, and Rancho Penasquitos—who knows yours might be next! They make changes without notifying voters or owners.

They currently have plans to redesign and remove parking 4 blocks in both directions on Park Blvd, El Cajon and University Ave. This would cause safety issues for the senior communities, the unique and very specific businesses in the 4200 block of Park, plus the amount of congestion that would move into surrounding residential areas.

WE ARE NOT AGAINST BIKE PATHS, they already exist on Georgia Street and Florida Street as well as various other streets in the area. Bike lanes are necessary, but the mayor represents the entire city of San Diego and should listen to all of our opinions when making decisions.

The real problem is that the city’s mayor, city councillors, city officials and elected officials are refusing to communicate with businesses, community planning committees and landowners. The lack of communication, transparency and mutual respect the city has for the people who call University Heights/ North Park/ Hillcrest and other communities home is the biggest problem!

This drastic reduction in parking spaces completely disregards the legitimate needs of residents and businesses in the area, in particular the disabled and the elderly. Buses, emergencies, trash cans, sweepers, off-load deliveries and ride-sharing vehicles will be forced to stop in traffic lanes, causing traffic jams. This plan is simply not feasible for a main thoroughfare that passes through a small commercial area and a historic residential community. The vast majority of all businesses, owners and residents of Park Blvd and surrounding streets oppose this plan.

We want to work with the City to reach a mutual agreement on how to protect and advance our City. Let’s focus on improving the area, rather than disrupting residents and visitors, and potentially bankrupting our merchants.

We need your help to open the eyes of Mayor Gloria and Councilor Whitburn. Write letters: 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101 OR emails OR phone calls.

Let them all hear us, since Gloria and Whitburn aren’t listening, Terra and Nathan Fletcher, our county supervisors, won’t call back, Jorge Riveros, the city’s transportation manager, doesn’t answer and sends you back to his staff. . They all refuse to come and talk to those of us who live here, work here and pay taxes here.

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