The Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal is a key part of the port’s maritime trade.  This proposal threatens one of the region’s most key economic engines and is simply bad for San Diego. The San Diego Port Tenant’s Association is on record strongly opposing such plans.

We’re not alone. There’s good reason that local firefighters, military leaders, every San Diego port commissioner, the City Council, every local Democratic and Republican member of Congress, and every mayor from every city in the San Diego port area, as well as local chambers of commerce, organized labor, the Environmental Health Coalition, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and the San Diego Union-Tribune all oppose Proposition B. A full listing of the No on Measure B Coalition endorsements can be found here.

Proposition B has run into all of this opposition because the big developers behind it failed to do their homework. Engineers say the planned four-story high deck with stadiums, hotels, and other commercial structures on top would be built over an active earthquake fault, making it seismically unsafe, particularly for the thousands of people in a stadium suspended 40 feet in the air.

If this measure passes, we could lose thousands of jobs and critical Navy resources. Proposition B is just a scheme to line the pockets of the big developers behind it, not protect maritime jobs. Proposition B could destroy the maritime industry in San Diego, costing the region as much as $1.8 billion in revenue each year according to the San Diego Institute for Policy Research, while negatively impacting 19,000 existing, high-paying jobs in San Diego County.

Military experts agree that Proposition B would create a security risk for the port and could lead the region to lose Navy resources. The port of San Diego is one of just nine strategic ports for the United States military. If the measure passes, it would threaten this role.

Proposition B would prevent more than 245 ships from docking in San Diego each year. Instead, the goods they carry would have to arrive by train or truck. This would add more than 93,000 additional trucks to San Diego streets each year — burning fuel, causing pollution, and clogging our roads and freeways. This is a deceptive measure that simply does not do what it claims. The big developers say they will provide open space and recreational areas for the public, but the plans show a 100-acre cement slab designed for high-rise buildings.

You can read more about the flawed Proposition B and our campaign to defeat it by visiting BadPropB.com.

— SHARON CLOWARD

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