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Vanity press

No. That's your focus.
— February 27, 2015 3:47 p.m.

Media spin and legal drama merge in Briggs battle

downtownrealist: Yes, sorry, I typed the wrong date. It was indeed an insider "rally," aka the City Council hearing on Feb **24** - Item 331 on the docket. As you explain, the purpose of the hearing was to confirm receipt of legally required **supportive** signed, individual parcel-number-linked petitions from property owners who would pay 50(+1)% of the calculated total assessments, the only way the Council can approve the next step, a legal, binding vote on ballots mailed to every parcel owner in the proposed assessment district. The State law is silent on whether it is allowed and proper for the City to sign the petition. When the law is silent, you can be sure Goldsmith will start talking shit. Goldsmith (and oddly, Briggs) made the excuse for the City petitioning itself, to make up the difference between 41% non-support and the 50(+1)% green light to vote to assess, by claiming that they only want to give the owners the chance to vote. That is nonsense! Why even have a law requiring approval of 50(+1)% of property owners if, when there isn't 50(+1)%, if the City plays games and forces the issue to a vote no matter what? And of course the City and DSDP wouldn't want every property owner to know about the required support by petition: they want to suppress early opposition and understanding of the details. It's much quieter, cleaner, and safer if only insiders know about the petition. To treat Goldsmith and Briggs with their own medicine, consider that anyone who does not vote "NO" on the final ballot is essentially voting "yes," and watch your mail for your ballot and vote "**NO**".
— February 26, 2015 6:54 p.m.

Media spin and legal drama merge in Briggs battle

Briggs made an extremely odd and somewhat sycophantic appearance at the Council hearing on Feb 25, 2014, in support of renewing the downtown PBID and imposing ever-increasing assessments on downtown property owners over the next 10 years. Briggs' San Diegans for Open Government [lawsuits][1] against Downtown San Diego Partnership over the PBID formation and expenditures seem to have been resolved. DSDP, a nonprofit entity run by Kris Michell, has previously spent property owners' assessments in ways that Briggs recognized are not legally allowed (e.g., legal fees, consultant fees) by State law governing assessment districts. However, in dropping his lawsuits over this issue, now that Michell is his new BFF, Briggs has been paid $50,000 by DSDP. Briggs' [settlement agreement][2] makes it clear that application of assessments toward legal costs surrounding his lawsuits is NOW perfectly proper. “Because the exclusive subject matter of the DSDP case was the scope and application of revenue received from assessment payers, the DSDP’s payment of its attorney’s fees and costs related to this action, including that of the mediator, are proper expenditures under DSDP’s Management District Plan & Engineers Report…” There are valid legal problems that any competent lawyer and lawsuit could bring to court, and win, concerning the PBID and the city's MADs, but Briggs' suits stupidly missed the mark. He has done more harm than good on this issue. Goldsmith and Michell must be laughing gleefully (all it took was $50K of property owners' assessment money to buy him off): now that Briggs has called off the dogs on the assessment issue, Goldsmith et al. will take him down. [1]: https://sandiegans4opengov.wordpress.com/author... [2]: https://sandiegans4opengov.files.wordpress.com/...
— February 26, 2015 9:51 a.m.

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