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SAVE CIVITA Because Sudberry Won’t
Issues with Sudberry and the City of San Diego
Through the approval process of the freeway connector, this is what we now understand:
2013 Urban Land Magazine – 4-19-2013: "Civita: San Diego’s New City within the City": https://urbanland.uli.org/planning-design/civita-san-diego-s-new-city-within-the-city/
2014 Voice of San Diego - 12-15-2014: “Mission Valley Keeps Getting More Roads – and More Traffic”: https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/news/mission-valley-keeps-getting-more-roads-and-more-traffic/
Did Sudberry intentionally downplay the City’s plan for a freeway connector because they knew that knowledge would stagnate home sales?
Lack of full disclosure by Sudberry
Specifically, see enlarged plans showing the end of finger trails with very clearly depicted plan representations of mid-block crosswalks (see Figure 7-3 and 7-4 and 7-5). An asterisk on each drawing states the drawing is conceptual in nature. The narrative description of the pedestrian mobility plan clarifies the finger trails would terminate at Via Alta and Franklin Ridge (also see Figure 3-5 and 4-14 showing the trail and pedestrian network diagram in alignment with the narrative).
Here is the ink to the Quarry Falls Specific Plan. The concept drawing is used throughout the document:
Even if a buyer reviewed the Quarry Falls Specific Plan, they would not have been provided with detailed information on the connector, or the traffic impact therein, and would have been misled because the illustrations in the plan show crosswalks on Via Alta and Franklin Ridge.
Misrepresentation or omission of facts in presentations and marketing material for Civita home buyers
Sudberry publicly maintained neutrality on the issue but continued to lobby the City regarding the freeway connector.
Sudberry’s influence over SANDAG
The following articles indicate possible influences Sudberry has over the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). SANDAG is a public agency that makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation. SANDAG is currently under scrutiny for unethical business practices and for being influenced by large developers.
2017 Voice of San Diego – 12-8-2017: “To Create Its SoccerCity Analysis, SANDAG Used a Loophole for the First and Last Time” Sudberry and Fenton’s involvement in SANDAG. https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/create-soccercity-analysis-sandag-used-loophole-first-last-time/
2017 San Diego Union Tribune – 9-8-2017: “SANDAG says SoccerCity underestimates traffic impacts in study contracted by project rivals” Sudberry and Fenton influence. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-soccercity-traffic-20170908-story.html
Sudberry’s influence over Circulate San Diego
Sudberry is a sponsor of Circulate San Diego, an organization which recently changed its focus to include more roads and cars and lobbied openly for the freeway connector.
2017 San Diego Reader Article – 10-27-17 Bicyclist vs Civita’s Residents:
2017 Voice of San Diego – 12-6-17: “City Won’t Monitor Transit and Bike Usage in New Development Plans”: https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/city-wont-monitor-transit-bike-usage-new-development-plans/
Sudberry’s influence over politicians
Sudberry is a constant and large contributor to the campaigns of City Council Members, both Republican and Democrat, as well as the City Attorney.
See donations made by Sudberry at the Lobbyist registration website for the City of San Diego.
2015 San Diego Union Reader – 11-9-2015: “More Myrtle Cole cash from big time developers” including Sudberry
2015 San Diego Reader – 8-4-2015: “Big cash for Myrtle Cole from Mission Valley” including Sudberry
Sudberry’s influence over Mission Valley
Sudberry and H. G. Fenton are partnered to control and influence the development of Mission Valley. Fenton was the single biggest advocate for the freeway connector. Is Sudberry more concerned with their loyalty to other developers than their concern for the safety of the Civita homeowners? We believe that by staying neutral, Sudberry stayed out of Fenton’s way in their campaign to influence the City Council for the connector.
2017 San Diego Reader – 7-5-2017: “Mission Valley money” http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/jul/05/radar-mission-valley-money/
2017 San Diego Reader – 3-17-2017: “Will political money war lay waste to Mission Valley?” http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/mar/17/ticker-political-money-war-mission-valley/
2017 San Diego Reader – 8-22-2017: Article mentioning Sudberry and Fenton’s efforts to control Mission Valley development. “Friend of Doug digs deep against SoccerCity”:
2017 Voice of San Diego – 5-16-2017: “How San Diego's Biggest Developers Swarmed Against SoccerCity” https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/land-use/how-san-diegos-biggest-developers-swarmed-against-soccercity/