Don Bauder

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Might Chargers eye property occupied by opera studio?

Psycholizard: When I posted this, I stated it was a long shot. But Fabiani is clearly working for the Campbells and the coterie around them; the board didn't even know he would be hired, pro bono or not. If -- and I emphasize "if" -- the City and Chargers are working on a deal in which the Spanos empire would develop property (not at Qualcomm or the arena), this is a possibility. The City would like to see this area gentrified -- at least with senior and affordable housing and some commercial. The opera studio may be worth $5 million as real estate, but the sets therein could draw some big offers, too. My recommendation is that the San Diego Opera drop back to two operas for next year -- only war horses for which it has sets and costumes already. It should try lighter fare -- Lehar, Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan, musicals, etc. in subsequent years if 2015 is a success. Incidentally, San Diego Opera has sent out a questionnaire to people with questions such as how much could you give and how many operas would you attend. It is on San Diego Opera stationery. This raises a question: are the Campbells and the board coterie around them having second thoughts? Or was this sent out by the White Knights, the board's special committee, or the group of board members who want to save the opera? Since whoever sent it was permitted to use San Diego Opera stationery, my guess is that it was sent out by the special board committee. I have requested an answer and will post it as soon as I get it. As to Petco, you are right: Moores made a bundle (up to a $billion) because he was permitted to buy land at early 1990s prices and sell it much dearer to developers. But the developments there have not been particularly successful in this market. That might not deter the Spanos family. Best, Don Bauder
— April 15, 2014 3:32 p.m.