Editor: The Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association has issued a call for OBceans to join a city-wide campaign to save special events in San Diego. There’s a press conference on Friday – see below – and also a petition to sign – also see below.
Action required to save special events in the city of San Diego!
The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association would like to get you involved in a critical movement to save special events throughout the city of San Diego. Make your voice heard today by signing the petition on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce “Save Our Events Coalition” website.
Without drafting and implementing an exemption to the CEQA Review legislation, all special event permits issued in the city – ranging from family birthday parties to to non-profit events – will be affected by being subjected to unnecessary fees, reviews, delays and potentially cancellations.
UPDATE: A press conference will be held this FRIDAY, January 27th at 11am on the corner of Balboa Dr. at El Prado. To show your support of the bill Senator Juan Vargas will be authoring (SB973) be at the press conference and wear your neighborhood or organization t-shirts – this will help illustrate how many different groups, neighborhoods and organizations are being affected by the law suit.
The mission statement of the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is to find a unique balance of economic development, within a neighborhood setting and, through special events, to contribute to the health and welfare of the entire coastal community.
We strongly believe the unique character of our community would be greatly diminished if our events were subjected to some of the complications that can be caused by a CEQA review. The cost of a CEQA review would put many events out of business right out of the gate. In addition, we are already adhering to all environmental requirements at our special events.
Please take a moment to show your support of our community and this organization’s efforts by signing the petition.
For more information on the Save Our Events Coalition, read below:
The Save Our Events Coalition has formed to help protect temporary special events from disappearing in the San Diego region and across California. Each year the City of San Diego approves more than 500 special events and 20,000 park use permits, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism and charity.
The costs of these low-budget events can easily escalate as vendors try to abide by local regulations and restrictions. But now in addition to existing expenses, special use and park use permits are required to undergo California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review – a costly and time-consuming review process.
Temporary special events come in all varieties and can range from family birthday parties to firework displays to non-profit fundraising races and parades. See the organizations that will be affected by this ruling.
Learn more about the coalition or get involved today! To show your support for new legislation to amend CEQA to exempt special events and park use permits from costly and time-consuming review, sign our online petition now! JOIN THE COALITION!