Open space canyonlands preservation bill backed by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher


City News Service

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, whose district includes La Jolla, today announced his support for a bill to preserve about 10,000 acres of San Diego canyon land for open space and recreation.

Many areas, including canyons that are owned by the city, are designated as open space. However, they have no formal protection from being sold, transferred or converted for other uses, which could be done by a city council vote, according to a statement from Fletcher’s office.

SB 1169, authored by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, and introduced by the senator Feb. 22, would allow the lands to be deemed “dedicated.” Once dedicated, the canyon lands could only be converted to another use by two- thirds voter approval.

“I am proud to support protecting more than 10,000 additional acres of our canyonlands,” said Fletcher, who is running for mayor of San Diego. “San Diego’s canyons are one of our city’s most important and unique resources. Dedicating this land will protect and preserve irreplaceable open space and recreational opportunities that define our neighborhoods.”

The purpose of dedicating city land is to provide for reliable open space preservation and recreational opportunities within communities. It also provides a framework as the city continues to grow, the statement said.