Steven Coopersmith, the lawyer behind the lawsuit, said the speed and ease with which Civic San Diego approved projects was a central reason for the lawsuit. He believes the agency was not considering all the issues. Photo courtesy of Becca Batista.

Steven Coopersmith, the lawyer behind the lawsuit, said the speed and ease with which Civic San Diego approved projects was a central reason for the lawsuit. He believes the agency was not considering all the issues. Photo courtesy of Becca Batista.

Give us a chance, is what city planning officials are asking as they present plans to take over the downtown planning and permitting duties that have been handled by Civic San Diego — the independent agency created in 2012 to oversee downtown development...

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