Delta's Field of Dreams

San Joaquin farming town hedges future on theme park and European villages despite warnings that plan is doomed.

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July 19, 2000, 6:30 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


A decade ago, South African architect Norman Jarrett came to this town off of Interstate 5 and dazzled residents with a plan for for "Califia" -- an grand entertainment Mecca on their own Delta island. Plans include four world-class theme parks, three golf courses, 8,500 homes in European-style villages, a sports arena, cultural arts center, shopping malls and offices. The Sierra Club has already sued, and other critics are preparing similar actions.

Thanks to Chris Steins

Tuesday, July 18, 2000 in The San Francisco Chronicle

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