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Mall Defeat Doesn't Deter Lilac Hills

PROPERTY: Measure A Loss Provides Some Lessons

Lou Hirsh, SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Among the lessons, said local analyst Vince Vasquez, is that project supporters cannot underestimate the size of their opposition, and that outspending those opponent is not enough to win an election

"The supporters of Measure A were never able to get out from under that cloud of uncertainty and unanswered questions," Vasquez, senior policy analyst at the National University System Institute for Policy Research in San Diego.

According to National University, the unheard-of 63.5 percent voter turnout in Carlsbad beat by a wide margin the turnout for the San Diego mayoral special election of February 2014 (43.5 percent), the county turnout for the June 2014 gubernatorial primary election (27.2 percent), and the county turnout for the November 2014 gubernatorial general election (44.7 percent).