Save Memorial Park
Vote NO on Measure Q!
ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Q
(In Sample Ballot)
VOTE NO ON “Q” - OUR PARKLAND IS NOT FOR SALE!
Public parks are invaluable to ALL Uplanders. Abandoning and selling 4.63 acres (12%) of our BEAUTIFUL MEMORIAL PARK means losing our only junior/senior baseball field, shade trees, and natural areas. Open park space provides a needed HEALTHY environment for our children, seniors, and all who wish to enjoy it. With Upland’s increasing population, parkland should be expanded, not destroyed!
Loss of parkland will disproportionately impact Upland’s lower income communities. Memorial Park is the ONLY green space accessible to hundreds of families living in apartments in the area and is a lifeline for families seeking relief from stress.
Our parkland will NEVER be replaced. Nearby land replacement would cost twice as much as this land’s $4.3 million sale price. The sale agreement does NOT guarantee a new ball field.
The City of Upland filed a lawsuit to avoid complying with state law (Government Code Sections 38440-38462). The city asked the court to approve the original March 2018 sale agreement to abandon parkland WITHOUT a required election. The judge dismissed the case.
This measure was NOT put on the ballot by petition. San Antonio Regional Hospital did NOT gather voter signatures to place this measure on the ballot, but instead got the city council to approve it. It is incredibly difficult for average residents to fight this sale during the pandemic, whereas the hospital has extensive resources to campaign for this sale.
The hospital has other options for expansion; they own over NINE ACRES of undeveloped land within a mile of their campus; they could purchase private land or build upward on their property.
Voters should NOT be asked to sacrifice public parkland to subsidize the private business interests of the hospital. Save Our Precious Parkland. VOTE NO!
REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Q
(In Sample Ballot)
Don’t fall for empty promises. The ONLY thing Measure Q does is allow the City of Upland to sell a huge part of our beautiful Memorial Park to ANYONE for ANY PURPOSE.
NOTHING in Measure Q legally requires the City to…
sell our parkland to the hospital,
prohibit the City from selling our parkland to a higher bidder, or
replace our lost park space.
If Measure Q passes, the City could sell our parkland to ANY developer to build ANYTHING – even a warehouse! Regardless of who buys this property, our PRECIOUS PARKLAND would be forever lost.
Don’t take our word for it. The city attorney’s impartial analysis states that Measure Q “would allow the City to sell or otherwise dispose of the Park Parcel as any other property no longer required for municipal purposes.”
Additionally, one of the lawyers who successfully fought the City in court when it tried to sell our parkland without a public vote has written a legal opinion stating that Measure Q puts NO limit on what the City may do with our property if Measure Q passes. Please read his opinion at www.People4UplandParks.org.
City leaders have so rushed the sale of our parkland that a LAWSUIT has been filed alleging environmental and procedural violations over the decision to put Measure Q on the ballot.
Measure Q places the profit of private interests above the needs of our community that our parks meet.
VOTE NO ON “Q”
OUR PARKS ARE NOT FOR SALE!