aardvark: You are quite correct: that is exactly what subsidized stadia for billionaire owners are: holes in the ground that governments throw money into." Remember, Mark Twain defined a gold mine as a hole in the ground with a liar on the top. That also describes San Diego plans for a Chargers stadium and convention center expansion. Best, Don Bauder
Gaylord got out of Chula Vista because they could not find a financial solution to pay for the subsurface infrastructure for their proposed project on liquefiable State tidelands.
Of course local world class luxury Hotels can pay the City of San Diego living wage off $13+ and let everyone share the wealth created by our public lands.
Or be like Manchester Grand Hyatt, and pay worker's minimum wage so that you can get rich off of publically owned land.
danablasi--"...an expansion of the existing convention center will require Bed tax from the new hotel proposed next to it to service the bonds." Wasn't that the same idea with Petco Park? Of course, that was before the change in the MOU, allowing Moores to build fewer hotels and more condos, and, well what do you know, there was not enough TOT revenue to service the ballpark bonds. That couldn't possibly happen again with the convention center, could it? COULD IT?
aardvark: You are correct. The City's general fund will have to pay off the bonds if the additional TOT tax doesn't do it. That has happened with Petco Park. You may remember that City bureaucrats told the grand jury that they were instructed by the Golding administration to juggle the books to make it look like TOT revenues would pay for the ballpark. A ballpark is NOT going to generate tourism to any significant degree. So, of course, the TOT wasn't sufficient to pay off the bonds, and the City is paying for it (in addition to the $300 million original subsidy). Yes, that is likely to happen with the convention center bonds. You can be sure that the convention center will rig the numbers that are released to the public, and the mainstream media will ignore or play down the story. Best, Don Bauder
I'll stick with "scofflaws", thank you. You can't be 100 students over the allowed number for years and not know it. They thought they were somehow "special".
Matt, OLP is in North Park not Normal Heights.
Bob, I'm not sure what "ignorance and bigotry" you are referring to -- everything the other commenters said is accurate. While there are a handful of girls at the school who receive financial aid due to need, the vast majority are from well-to-do homes (just witness the parade of upscale cars every day to and from the school). As a neighbor, and I know this is true of most of the neighborhood, I fully support the school's mission and quality education. But this travesty of law is not only bad for the neighborhood, it's a misuse of RLUPA. The settlement shows how inept our City Attorney's office is, for which I was a firsthand witness when called down to meet with them only to find -- just a few weeks before trial -- that they were completely unprepared, befuddled and, frankly, uninspired. At the last minute the witness list was inexplicably reduced to 2 neighbors, so of course this jury did not hear the full story. San Diego taxpayers should be outraged as this extraordinarily poor use of our money.
Hon Gov, the truth is the army of journo-tweeter twerps don't know jack about the history of this city and that's the reason their "work" is so personal and shallowly lacking in substance. The truth is that right now the Reader is our best source of political facts, strung together in a way that makes sense of the past as it relates to the present.
And Randy Dotinga, selectively remembering is not sufficient. You skate past the significance of this history when you quote yourself downplaying "a scandal ... over a convention-related bribe" and segueing to Mayor Pete Wilson's public relations response by coining the outrageous ironic slogan "America's Finest City."
Great reporting and research. Why is San Diego cursed with these thugs? Let's hope the Browns have no successor spawn that will continue the mugging of our town using the family money.
How fitting that the Taxpayers Assoc is showing up in tomorrow's council session to support the Brown coalition. I guess they approve of the tax dodges that the Brown family buddies, both Alessio brothers, went to prison for.
Wonder if Frye will be in attendance? Brown targeted her, too, with big money for poisonous mailers by his Coalition to Keep San Diego Working. It's always really about jobs, right. For Brown's cronies.
The gentle, upbeat description of Wilson, "the city's young mayor, Pete Wilson, created the new 'Finest City' slogan to boost the city's sagging spirits," reminds me how much the public prefers "gentlemanly" pols and big cheeses, no matter how greedy or ugly their politics (Sanders: fondly called Gentleman Jerry in his circle of admirers). And why Filner is treated so rudely. Though Sanders hurt the City in many ways, he was cunning. Filner isn't cunning. He says what he believes. I'll trust my wallet with Filner and his ilk any day of the week.
I am shocked, shocked, that there might be traceable partisan collusion between the bench in San Diego and monied interests that support political campaigns -- even of judges and the District Attorney.
Ambitious councilman Todd Gloria may have real trouble realizing his future Dreams of Gloria if he keeps undercutting our popular Democratic Mayor Bob Filner.
Thanks to Matt Potter for running this story of San Diego's usually-hidden business-as-usual. It's good never to feel the need to "fact-check" what I read here.
Follow the money trail is always a good mantra. Todd Gloria may think he may be sucking up to the right people to boost his future prospects but he is more & more looking like a Democratic tool doing the dirty work of the Republican good ole boys downtown. Jennifer Tierney is a hack and I'm glad to see her Gemini Group is bleeding Dirty Dumanis dry from her failed bid to become Queen of San Diego.
Judge, mayor, attorney, and council positions are nonpartisan. But. The importance of nonpartisan elected officials' associations is clear. Todd Gloria is known to be a Dem, but if he aspires to election to a state-level Dem office in the future, he will not have hard support of local Dem voters. For many years he has associated with Republican activists; his political philosophy is clear. His below-the-radar support of many Republican candidates and his non-Dem attitudes on many issues are on the record.
Party labels don't matter, but actions do. His actions related to Mayor Filner are contrived, not just philosophically contentious or opposite. Rather, Gloria intends to wound, weaken, and destroy Filner, purely for the goal of attaining a support base among the local monied Repub powerbrokers. Gloria is a grubby ladder-climbing weasel without any party ideals. His only label is the Party of Todd.
When will Gloria publically announce what is already painfully obvious?
That he has resigned his City Council post representing the voters and residents of his District 3, and the best, long-term interests of Balboa Park that is located in District 3. And that he has accepted a new position as Irwin Jacobs' houseboi at a large salary ?
Gloria opposes an inexpensive non-invasive, non-destructive alternative to the Jacobs Plan for Balboa Park ? Really ? REALLY ?
We certainly wouldn't have wanted minimum-wage workers employed in the Irwin Jacobs Balboa Park-ing garage! That's the thing about billionaire job-creators: give 'em an inch, and they recommend robots over human attendants.
Thanks again, Judge Taylor, for ruling against this travesty.
Got that right, Monaghan.
Jacobs, like many of the big dogs in SD, thinks his money buys him total say so, even over public lands and projects he deems worthy of his beneficence. The mistake these guys keep making is to confuse having lots of money with having wisdom--the absence of which is always so obvious. When will these blowhards learn that they will never get to lord it over the public, in spite of their billions, and in spite of their so called competence.
I can easily understand Jacob's desire to keep "humans" out of the picture as much as possible--pesky damn things, wanting decent pay and nonsense such as medical insurance. Those chips in his cellphones never ask for benefits!
I'm sure Mr. Jacobs is very disappointed with the people of San Diego who refused to shut up, genuflect, and allow him to proceed with his plans. Personally, I find it very reassuring to see there are certain things in this town that even the big dogs do not get to bite on, no matter how loud their bark or large their wallet.
Three cheers to SOHO and all the other organizations and individuals who stood up to the big dogs....and won! Hip, hip!
Those who call Jacobs a "philanthropist" should be prohibited from calling themselves journalists.
When will San Diego learn? John Moores played the same game, spreading his stolen money around town to position himself to steal yet more money. He was called a "philanthropist" too.
Jacobs should be ashamed of his behavior...but his whole career is a series of lies, maneuvering to use public money for his own enrichment.
I'd sure like to see a Reader cover story about his history...how he turned someone else's work into his own private company, using public funding. How he worked his employees like dogs to get the first chips made, then fired them and shipped the jobs overseas so he could avoid sharing the profits...how he continues to abuse the H1B visa system...how much money he has injected into political issues from getting the stadium naming rights for a pittance, trying to subvert the election of the school board, and on and on...
if he is worried about automating the garage then he is concerned about profits and is most likely a financial beneficiary of the garage profits. I just dont think there is any philanthropy going on here at all....he's getting that paltry 14 million back and then some.
It still sounds to me (and I could be wrong) that its the mayors staff/ consultants running the show not really Jacobs..I dont mean Jacobs isnt criminally involved but that this was initiated by developers and made into a "win win"....""I do not have any details on the consultant work ongoing and planned and the cost estimates for the proposed schedule," he wrote in the confidential email. "I need more details - we need to avoid a blank check approach.""
If this is jacobs plan you would think he would be the first to have the details from consultants not the last.
Great reporting. I'm sad that, going forward, San Diego neighborhoods will routinely be destroyed by the ghosts of Jerry Sanders and Kelly Broughton, and the all-too-real apparitions of TGlo and J Goldsmith (soon to be aided by TGlo's new hire, privatization expert Stephen Goldsmith, former "chief domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush in the 2000 campaign and Special Advisor to President Bush on faith-based and not-for-profit initiatives." )[Wikipedia]
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