2018 Midterm Voter Guide

City of San Diego Ballot Measures

Measure E: Soccer City

Mission Valley Stadium–Soccer City Initiative

Shall the City lease Mission Valley stadium property and the San Diego Chargers practice facility on Murphy Canyon Road to a private party for 99 years, with an option to buy some stadium property, consistent with price, terms, and conditions described in the measure; and adopt a specific plan and agreement allowing development of stadium, river park, recreational, residential, office, hotel, retail, and other uses; and amend related land use laws?

What It Does

The Soccer City initiative directs the city to lease the former Chargers stadium site and practice facilities in Mission Valley facility to FS Investors who would build a stadium (ideally for a MLS soccer team and the SDSU football team), housing, restaurants, and retail space. The development would also include a riverfront park and up to 30 acres for San Diego State University.


Mayor Faulconer, who supports the Soccer City Plan, has stated he would not urge San Diegans to vote against the SDSU West Initiative. Additionally, many prominent local politicians have lined up behind the SDSU West Initiative. This may mean the Soccer City initiative is less likely to succeed than the SDSU West Initiative. A yes vote on the Soccer City Initiative makes sense if you’d like to see a MLS team in San Diego in the near future.


Who is for it:

SoccerCitySD, GoalSD, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

2018 Fundraising

$3,884,960 (09/22)

Funding support

Major donors include Michael Stone of La Jolla based FS Investors, partial Padres owner Peter Seidler, San Diego Investment group Bridgewest Ventures, and former Qualcomm Vice Chairman Steven Altman.

Who is against it:

No on E / No Soccer City, Mission Valley developers H.G. Fenton Company & Sudberry Properties.

Measure G: Grow SDSU

Mission Valley Stadium - SDSU Initiative

Shall the City sell Mission Valley stadium property to San Diego State University or any SDSU auxiliary organization, entity, or affiliate, consistent with price, terms, and conditions described in the measure, to allow the California State University Board of Trustees to determine its development, which may include stadium, recreational, educational, residential, office, hotel, retail, and other uses; and if sold, shall the City set aside adjacent land for a river park?


The SDSU West initiative would have the city sell the former Chargers stadium land in Mission Valley to San Diego State University to build a stadium for its football team.  SDSU would also build housing, retail space, and a river park on the site.

City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis:

Note: If voters approve both the Soccer City Initiative and the SDSU West Initiative, the measure with the most votes would win.


Who is for it

Yes On G - Grow SDSU

2018 Fundraising

$2,949,054 (09/22)

Funding support


Who is against it

Proponents of Measure E

Funding opposition


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Measure H: School Board Term Limits

Charter Amendment Enacting Term Limits for School Board Members

Shall City Charter section 66 be amended to limit a member of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education from serving more than three four- year terms, beginning in 2020, and not count prior or current terms for purposes of the term limit for those


This is a consensus agreement, including just about every group concerned with education. Charter school advocates will push for District-Only elections in 2020.


Note: City Measures H thru N have no opposition. They represent consensus from the City Council with public input.

Measure K: Council Term Limits

Charter Amendment Limiting City Councilmember to Serving Two Four-Year Terms

Shall City Charter section 12(c) be amended to remove language regarding a “particular district” and clarify that a person cannot serve on the City Council after serving two four-year terms, with a partial term of more than two years continuing to count as a full term for purposes of the term limit provision?


This closes the loophole in the terms limits law that allowed Lorie Zapf to run for a third term when she got redistricted into D2


Measure L: Pay For City Officials

Charter Amendments Regarding Ethics and Compensation for Elected City Officers

Shall the Charter be amended to: (1) restrict benefits for elected City officers; (2) restrict lobbying and campaign activities of elected City officers; and (3) remove the requirement that Councilmembers set their salaries and those of the Mayor and City Attorney, providing instead that their salaries be set as percentages of the salary set by the State of California for Superior Court judges?


This gets the City Council off the hook for having to vote on pay raises for themselves.


Measure M: Audit Committee Appointments

Charter Amendment Regarding Reappointment of Audit Committee Public Members

Shall City Charter section 39.1 be amended to allow the City Council to waive a requirement that the Council consider at least two applicants for appointment to a position as a public member of the Audit Committee when the Council wishes to reappoint a sitting public member who is eligible for another term?


Just housekeeping


Measure N: Police Disability Benefits

Reinstatement of Industrial Disability Benefit for Police Officers

Shall the San Diego Municipal Code be amended to reinstate an industrial disability retirement benefit for members of the San Diego Police Officers Association who suffer a violent attack at work resulting in great bodily harm, with the benefit provided when a resulting mental or nervous disorder renders the member incapable of performing normal and customary duties?


What this does is to provide a reduced liability for taxes on retirement pay associated with a disability. San Diego’s problems with retaining police officers tem in part from the erosion of the pay and benefits over the years.