Only “vested interests” would benefit, says Baade. “It’s just another manifestation of one group in society trying to appropriate funds from other groups.”
Amen, say San Diegans. “They have unlimited money for these stadiums but don’t have enough money for a minimum number of fire engines,” says activist Mel Shapiro. “There is something wrong there.”
Says Norma Damashek, president of the League of Women Voters, “The City is broke and they are talking about legacy projects for the mayor, including a retractable-roof stadium. It’s irrational.”
I don’t believe either of these retractable-roof stadiums will be built. The idea is just too absurd. But the mere fact that the topic is on the table suggests that daffiness is spreading uncontrollably in Southern California.