The moment to make a difference in the Peninsula Community is around the corner and our friends over at Freeride Famosa need as many supporters to show up this Thursday, April 19th, to speak up in support of the bike park that was cruelly destroyed nearly two months ago.
At the group’s March meeting with city officials, Councilman Kevin Faulconer requested the group ask the PCPB (the community planning group that makes decisions that affect land use designations in the Peninsula Community) to support changing the land designation in the community plan from “multi-family housing” to “public park”.
UPDATE: The old flyer raised some concerns on our Facebook page about the message it seemed to unintentionally convey. I asked Scott Irwin to clarify and he responded as follows,
I believe you are referring to the original version of the April 19 meeting flyer. I agree the comment Paul references can be misleading since it could be interpreted as being opposed to community members who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
Nothing could be further from the truth and that is why we had already asked our flyer designer to address our concern. Please see attached for the current copy of the April 19 meeting flyer.
The origin of the wording comes from the purpose of the April 19 meeting.
During this meeting we will ask the Peninsula Community Planning Board to support changing the designation for Site 428 (the corner of Famosa and Nimitz) from “multi-family housing” to “community park”. The word “low income” comes from the fact that the land is currently owned by the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) – who’s goal is to develop low-income housing.
The original idea behind the flyer was to let community members know we are advocating for a change in the land designation. Unfortunately the way it was worded could imply our group was also in opposition to the SDHC’s attempts to develop housing. This type of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) philosophy is not supported by our group and it is the main reason why we made a change to our documents.
We are not opposed to providing opportunities to members of our community regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Thank you for asking for clarification. Please feel free to forward or post as necessary.