City of San Marcos Voter Approval of Zoning Changes, Propositions N and O (November 2008)
Prop N was approved with 69% of the vote, and Prop O was defeated with 36.95% of the vote.
Proposition N says, "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?"
Proposition O is also known as the San Marcos Growth Management and Neighborhood Protection Act. It says, "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?"
Proposition O is similar to one that Escondido voters approved in 1998, called Proposition S.
Support for O
The group supporting O is called the San Marcos Chamber of Citizens.
Opposition to O
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.
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."
Others in opposition to O are:
- 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 text of N
- Ballot text of O
- Election results
- Protect San Marcos, supporters of O
- Vote NO on Proposition O
- My Smart News "No on O"
- Proposition N on Smart Voter
- Proposition O on Smart Voter
- North County Times, "Reports show 'No on O' campaign has spent more than $90K so far", October 8, 2008
- San Diego Union Tribune, "Pair lend support to anti-O group", September 26, 2008