As you may already know, the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the agency with which Project New Village has a signed lease agreement to develop the Mt. Hope Community Garden no longer exists. It has been replaced by what is being called City of San Diego Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the Oversight Board will make a decision to approve an Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule which includes the lease agreement we currently have with the old SEDC Redevelopment Agency, as well as other low to moderate income housing development projects and the Valencia Park Business Improvement District. In total, there are nine sites which are in jeopardy of being sold! This would be a travesty of the highest order.
We need all “hands on deck” at the Wednesday afternoon meeting to voice our concerns: (1) the Oversight Board should vote to honor the already existing contracts, (2) enforceable agreements and the intent of the bond and grant funds – the provision of affordable housing (low to moderate income); economic development,and (3) the generation of property tax revenue and the removal of blight.
We want the Mt. Hope Community Garden to go forward!! As Mayor Sanders has stated, it was the work around the Mt. Hope Community Garden that jump started the Urban Agriculture Movement.
We are asking that those of you who can attend focus your comments on the following:
- the economic benefits of residents growing,harvesting distributing and selling produce;
- the health benefits of eating, and cooking fresh, locally grown produce;
- the social cohesion develop when neighbors work and engage other neighbors as they change the physical and social environment; as well as the inter-generational exposure to cultural traditions and cultural exchange with one another
Some arguments that can also be made are the savings to the City because garden space is less costly than parkland area and composting, a key feature of urban agriculture,saves on land fill space.
The meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
202 C Street
Council Chambers, 12th Floor
For those who are able attend we will be meeting at our office at 1:00 pm on Wednesday to caravan to City Hall. For those persons who are unable to attend but would like your concerns heard please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, by the end of the day on Tuesday. Please share with your students, family and other food justice advocates.