NFABSD Email Archive

August 8, 2022

During the July 27th College Area Community  Plan Update (CPU) meeting, the Planning Department abandoned any  pretense of working collaboratively with the College Area. If the  College Area wants a plan update that reflects its vision for the  future, the Planning Department has told them they will have to produce  it themselves... (open)

August 4, 2022

Whether  it’s the poor stewardship of the public’s money reflected in the Ash  Street bailout, or the promotion of poorly-written housing policies that  claim to deliver equity and climate action but accomplish neither, San  Diego’s homeowners are the only group willing to stand up to the Mayor’s  political machine and call out the flawed thinking of these actions... (open)

July 22, 2022

Dear Mayor Gloria, In keeping with the promise of a fair and transparent government,  College Area residents deserve to know if grant funding is driving the  Planning Department's decisions to unnecessarily upzone its  single-family neighborhoods in order to fulfill grant obligations...(open)

June 27, 2022

For the past several months, College Area  residents have pushed back against the City's proposals for 5-story (or  higher) apartment buildings in its single-family neighborhoods.


As a result, the City of San Diego Planning Department will be holding an Open House to collect feedback from the community... (open)

June 16, 2022

Our recommendations to the Audit Committee specifically focus on the  challenges that residents have faced in fulfilling their role in the  City's  “complaint-driven enforcement”...(open)

June 10, 2022

Frustrated neighbors speak out against up-zoining in College Area...(open)

June 9, 2022

Following the Planning Department's May 25th meeting, more than 100 residents participated in a June 6th planning exercise for the College Area hosted by Neighbors For A Better San Diego and the College Area Community Council... (open)

May 25, 2022

This meeting is open to everyone. Click here to register. You must register in advance if you wish to attend in any capacity, including viewing, listening, and possibly speaking... (open)

May 19, 2022

Residents in  University City are celebrating a hard-fought win against the Planning  Department's effort to drastically increase density in the residential,  single-family portion of their neighborhood... (open)

May 10, 2022

Eric  Rosenzweig spoke for many residents when he outlined the very negative  consequences of building eight-unit apartments in older neighborhoods  that were designed, engineered, and built for single-family homes... (open)

May 9, 2022

In  an effort to bring awareness and transparency to the closed process by  which the Planning Department, at the direction of Mayor Gloria, is  proposing to radically upzone College Area neighborhoods, Neighbors For A  Better San Diego has created this short, ten-minute video outlining the  College Area Community Plan Update... (open)

May 7, 2022

Neighbors  For A Better San Diego emailed a questionnaire on San Diego housing  issues to every candidate running for the 2022 San Diego City Council  election... (open)

April 27, 2022

Although  this issue is specific to the College Area, we are sending this email  citywide because Neighbors For A Better San Diego feels it's important  for other communities to be aware of the actions of Mayor Gloria's  Planning Department... (open)

April 13, 2022

In this issue  of Perspectives, we welcome College Area homeowner Eric Rosenzweig who  is experiencing first-hand the repercussions of San Diego's ill-planned  Bonus ADU developer-incentive program... (open)

April 6, 2022

We've identified major flaws with the city's College Area Community Plan Update survey, but we feel it's important to fill it out, regardless... (open)

April 3, 2022

It appears that the City is using  out-of-date housing and population projections for the College Area  Community Plan Update. The resulting grossly-inflated assumption of how  many people need to be housed in the College Area is being used by the  Planning Department to justify significant upzoning of the area's  single-family neighborhoods... (open)

March 22, 2022

We  want our members in District 9 to be particularly aware that there is a  College Area Community Plan update in progress that proposes to convert  a number of single-family neighborhoods to townhomes and other  multi-family housing... (open)

March 12, 2022

The Washington Post published a story last month about the rise in investor-owned housing in 40 U.S. cities, including San Diego... (open)

March 3, 2022

Are bike lanes your priority?  What about street paving?  Sidewalks?  More Parks? ...or Police or Fire Stations?  Only you can let your priorities be known... (open)

March 1, 2022

It's important that community members show up to vote for candidates who best represent their neighborhoods and values. It's  also important to show the City of San Diego that there is broad  community support for Planning Groups as the City is working to  disempower these groups... (open)

February 28, 2022

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1st, is the final approval of the Housing Action Package, which is included in the consent agenda as Item 54... (open)

February 21, 2022

Our Neighborhood Voices has announced they will re-file their measure to qualify for the 2024 ballot instead  of the 2022 ballot. This means that signature-gathering will need to  reset and restart... (open)

February 11, 2022

Thank you to our many  loyal members. We literally took on City Hall and in less than a year  and without much money and no big political support, we achieved the  following... (open)

February 1, 2022

Rather than address the legitimate concerns raised by Neighbors For A Better San Diego, the Mayor has instead hired a new Communications Director, Rachel Laing, to attempt to bully us into silence by calling us NIMBY racists... (open)

January 28, 2022

She’s not a “Boomer”, isn’t “wealthy”, and doesn’t live in Kensington, Talmadge, or Mission Hills… But this Allied Gardens resident ... (open)

January 24, 2022

Thanks to you, the #1 result of the survey was to "Eliminate ADU fee waivers and [enact] ADU policy reforms" (page 26)... (open)

January 19, 2022

Throughout this process, we have made a rational and compelling case for aligning San Diego’s ADU policies with state law... (open)

January 8, 2022

The Land Use & Housing (LU&H) Committee is going to be taking up the Homes For All Of Us: Housing Action Package, including possible amendments to the city’s ADU code, at its next meeting on Thursday, January 13...  (open)

January 6, 2022

The Land Use & Housing (LU&H) Committee will be discussing the Draft Housing Action Package, giving us the opening we've needed to formally propose our changes... (open)

January 1, 2022

Council President Sean Elo Rivera has posted an online survey asking his D9 constituents to share their priorities... (open)

December 20, 2021

We had a tremendous turnout at the December 16th Planning Commission meeting... (open)

December 16, 2021

We'd like to thank all of you who showed up to speak, watch, or cede your time today at the Planning Commission meeting. Click to the full video of today's meeting. Item #4 begins around the 1:07:45 mark. (open)

December 14, 2021

San Diego's Bonus ADU Program is based on a seriously-flawed Transit Priority Area (TPA) map... (open)

December 10, 2021

A bullet-list of basic talking points... (open)

December 6, 2021

The Planning Commission is going to be considering changes to San Diego's ADU regulations on Thursday, December 16th and we need your help!... (open)

November 24, 2021

As  we begin this Thanksgiving holiday, we'd like to acknowledge your many  contributions and thank you all for your continued support... (open)

November 13, 2021

Introducing OurNeighborhoodVoices.org, the California initiative to UNDO SB 9 and ALL overreaching zoning bills pouring out of Sacramento!.. (open)

October 19, 2021

CHANGES TO THE CITY'S ADU CODE: Councilmember Elo-Rivera recently proposed changes (summarized in the graphic below) to San Diego's developer-friendly 2020 ADU code to  correct some of the flaws exposed by Neighbors For A Better San Diego  (open...)

September 26, 2021

"Brand New Upzoning Laws Create Big Money-Making Opportunities!"

Well, that didn't take long... (open...)

September 18, 2021

Thanks to you, San Diego City Council takes a first step towards revising its ADU code... (open)

September 15, 2021

The City of San Diego has responded to the flaws we exposed in San Diego's 2020 ADU ordinance by sending out an "Accessory Dwelling Units Fact Sheet"... (open)

September 6, 2021

As of September 6, over four thousand San Diego residents have signed our petition asking the city to revise its ADU ordinance. Neighbors For A Better San Diego (NFABSD) has met with Mayor Gloria and all of the San Diego City Councilmembers... (open)

September 4, 2021

With the final passage of SB 9 and SB 10 by the State Senate, it is now just a  matter of time before Governor Newsom signs them into law. Where does this leave us in the fight against Sacramento’s assault on single-family neighborhoods?... (open)

August 26, 2021

This is an important SB 9 update from Maria Pavlou Kalban of UnitedNeighbors.net

Please  know that the passage of SB 9 in NO WAY affects our efforts to correct  San Diego's neighborhood-killing 2020 ADU ordinance... (open)

August 24, 2021

Below is a detailed update on SB9 and SB10. Thank you to UnitedNeighbors.net and LivableCalifornia.org for their tireless work on stopping these bills and educating the public... (open)

August 9, 2021

This is an Action Alert regarding SB 9 and SB 10... (open)

August 9, 2021

We've  been told it's necessary to hand over San Diego's single-family  neighborhoods to developers in order to solve the "Affordable Housing  Crisis" in our city. The data, however, doesn’t support this claim... (open)

August 4, 2021

Here is the video and the links from last Thursday's ADU event hosted by the San Diego Network of Town Councils...(open)

July 31, 2021

The chart above highlights the various approaches that California municipalities have taken to meet the State's requirements for ADU incentives. Instead of adopting one of these rational alternatives, San  Diego chose to develop an extreme Bonus ADU program that incentivizes  developers to outbid homebuyers and build apartment complexes on  single-family parcels, contributing to the elimination of our  single-family housing market, diminishing single-family neighborhoods,  and squeezing out the middle class... (open)


Note: We've updated the chart in this email. Click here to view the newest version.

July 28, 2021

Boardmembers of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning  Group received a letter this morning from the Chamber of Commerce ahead  of a scheduled presentation tonight by Neighbors For A Better San Diego ... (open)

July 14, 2021

Residents from  Talmadge and surrounding neighborhoods gathered this morning from 11:00  am to 12 noon in Talmadge to speak out against the transformation of a  single-family residence into a **six-unit rental complex** with no  parking, no setbacks, and no landscaping, in one of San Diego’s oldest  neighborhoods... (open)

July 10, 2021

Since today’s Zoom event with Mayor Gloria and Councilmember Elo-Rivera  was not conducive to a full discussion of the motivations and impacts of  the ADU ordinance (141.0302) that was passed by the Council last  October, we would like to present the issue ourselves... (open)

June 20, 2021

Hijacked  and misused to sugar-coat San Diego’s neighborhood-killing zoning  changes, this term is the new catch-phrase of City Hall and developers... (open)