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City of San Marcos Voter Approval of Zoning Changes, Propositions N and O (November 2008)

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Two ballot measures, Propositions N and O, pertaining to land use issues in the City of San Marcos, were on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in the City of San Marcos in San Diego County, California.

Proposition N was approved and Proposition O was defeated.

Proposition N authorized development of the Ridgeline Protection & Management Overlay Zone.

Proposition O, also known as the San Marcos Growth Management and Neighborhood Protection Act, if it had been approved, would have required voter pre-approval of most changes to the city's zoning and land use designations. Proposition O was similar to one that Escondido voters approved in 1998.

Proposition N

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

PROPOSITION N: "Shall ordinance No. 2006-1258, adopted by the City Council establishing the Ridgeline Protection & Management Overlay Zone, be approved by the voters of the City of San Marcos and be further amended to require ratification by the voters of the City for any future modifications?"[1]

Proposition O


The group supporting O was called the San Marcos Chamber of Citizens.


Those opposed to Measure O formed an opposition committee called San Marcos Association of Residents and Taxpayers. Through October 9, they had assembled over $90,000 to spend on the campaign, versus the approximately $2,000 raised by Measure O's supporters.[2]

Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and Councilman Dick Daniels were opposed to Measure O, saying that it is "impractical and harm the city's progress."[3]

Others in opposition to O were:

  • San Marcos Association of Residents and Taxpayers
  • San Diego County Taxpayers Association
  • San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
  • San Marcos Economic Development Corporation
  • San Marcos Firefighters Association
  • San Marcos Mobilehome Residents Association
  • Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County
  • Karen Haynes, President, California State University, San Marcos

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

PROPOSITION O: "Shall an ordinance be adopted amending the San Marcos General Plan to require voter approval of certain general plan amendments modifying or changing land use categories or designations?"[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  2. North County Times, "Reports show 'No on O' campaign has spent more than $90K so far", October 8, 2008
  3. San Diego Union Tribune, "Pair lend support to anti-O group", September 26, 2008