Email from Mayor Jerry Sanders

Thank you for attending the recent meetings regarding the Plaza de Panama project. I'm encouraged to see that so many community leaders agree we cannot afford to squander this opportunity to restore the heart of Balboa Park.

In order to move forward on reclaiming over six acres of park space, including the Plaza de Panama, it's critical that the City Council approve a Memorandum of Understanding for the project in July. This MOU is intended to show support for the vision of a project that creates a car-free park center, and it sets the terms and conditions for implementation if the project is approved. It does not commit the city to approving the project; that can only happen after thorough environmental review is completed and all the alternatives are considered.

We need a strong show of public support before and during the council hearing. Your support today is more important than ever. Here is what you can do to help.

  • Email City Council offices urging them to vote in support of the MOU;
  • Encourage friends, neighbors, and local organizations to contact City Council members and express their support of the MOU;
  • Attend the Council hearing in July and speak in support of the MOU which is the next step in realizing a car-free Plaza de Panama; and
  • Help recruit others to attend the hearing in July to speak in support of the project.
The time is now and I am committed to see our cherished park restored to its original vision. If you know of other individuals or organizations that might want to aid in this effort please email David Graham at We will be sending a fact sheet for your use.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or feedback. I'm grateful for your support.

Jerry Sanders

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