As long time public servants of Chula Vista advocating for a better bayfront, we have worked very hard to have the South Bay power plant taken down and the lands opened up for public use. That dream might now be sidetracked by paid lobbyists selling out the citizens of Chula Vista.
The last step needed to open the former power plant property for public use is the relocation of the Power Plant’s Substation, which currently sits in the middle of the project. The relocation is supported by the California Coastal Commission, Environmental Groups, Democrats, Republicans and Independents. This group, along with the Independent Administrative Law Judge overseeing the project, all agree that this relocation is in the best interest of the citizens of Chula Vista and the environment. The relocation plan, per the direction of California Coastal Commission, mandates the substation relocation so that Chula Vistans are given the same waterfront opportunities as those provided in North San Diego Bay. Not only do Chula Vistans demand, Chula Vistans deserve to have their waterfront look more like Shelter Island, Harbor Island and Seaport Village than the current fenced off power plant.
We support the Independent Administrative Law Judge’s findings that the relocation of the Substation is in the best interest of Chula Vista and the environment.
Peace is a former state senator and Malcolm is a former city councilman and coastal commissioner.