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San Diego

City Councilman William Jones, concerned that the proposed managed growth initiative ignores inner-city neighborhood problems, took an alternative proposal to the City Council Rules Committee on Monday. But the committee shied away from the prospect of a second November ballot measure on growth. Under the proposed initiative now being circulated, a voter referendum would be necessary on any proposed development in the city’s urban reserve, including the La Jolla Valley project. Jones’ proposal, in addition to requiring a unanimous vote for residential development in reserve areas, calls for a two-thirds majority vote of the council for approval of industrial development in the city’s urban reserve. It also includes mechanisms for monitoring the impacts of growth on existing neighborhoods. “No matter how well-intentioned, two ballot measures would be confusing,” Councilman Mike Gotch said. “But I would support and hope to carry out many of the points (in Jones’ proposal).”


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