War over Roseville's 40-foot house continues

Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCBP) Chair Jon Linney has shown great leadership. Many decades old issues are being addressed publicly. Which is always good news. Plus forcing the City to spend the long hoarded Point Loma Developer Impact Fees (DIF) on a new City park on Canon Street is a great win. The problem is a lack of leadership from our elected Strong Mayor Kevin Faulconer, our new City Attorney Mara Elliot, and our City Council. All elected officials should make it clear to attorney Robert Vacchi of Development Services Department (DSD) that his purposeful misinterpretation of our Municipal Code, and Construction Permit Approvals does not give any developer, any rights under law. The solution is to let 40 foot high Developers sue the City of San Diego, then have the City counter sue to make the legal issue clear. DSD's purposeful misinterpretations and issuing of Building Permits do not magically give developers legal rights they never had. Similar to the Sunroad mess when DSD violated the Municipal Code and Master Plan. Sunroad lost their $40 million lawsuit against City Staff issuing an illegal Development Permit. Also Agree with Elisa Brent that the change to the footnote in the Municipal Code (MC) should be challenged at the Coastal Commission as part of the Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendment. The footnote change gives the impression that some Developers have been Grandfathered in and legally allowed to build 40 foot Coastal buildings, and the Municipal Code change only applies to future developers.
— February 25, 2017 1:29 p.m.

City's pension liability zooms up by $937 million

The main reason for the almost $1 Billion SDCERS Pension increase is due to the continuous Pensionable Pay Raises and Benefit Increases during the supposed 5-year Pensionable Pay Freeze negotiated by former Mayor Filner starting on July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018. The 5-Year Pensionable Pay Freeze never actually happened. Although the 5-year Pensionable Pay Increase is in place, Mayor Faulconer has given several large Non-Pensionable Pay and Benefit Increases. Notice on the Closed Session Agendas, that even with signed labor agreements, labor negotiations are constant since September 2013. Analyze the Actuarial Valuation by Cheiron for SDCERS for 2016 compared to 2013 when the 5-year Pensionable Pay Freeze was signed. Lots of new changes and expenses, all brought forward by Mayor Faulconer and Interim Mayor Todd Gloria mostly always on consent with no discussion. Proposition B did not create any Pension savings, the 5-year Pensionable Pay freeze came out during Closed Session Negotiations. “Sanders and Faulconer touted this as such a victory for the taxpayers,” Harris said in an interview, “but the reality is, it will end up costing the taxpayers … the savings were all out of the five-year pay freeze.” Please analyze the City Attorney’s Closed Session Reports, specifically for Conferences with Labor Negotiators and City Designated Management Team Representatives, which always excluded our Strong Mayor from 2013 to the present. Unlike previous San Diego Mayors, Mayor Faulconer has abdicated his Elected Strong Mayor authority by not being the Lead Negotiator during Meet and Confers with the Unions for Non-Pensionable Pay and Benefit Increases. The Unions are negotiating with themselves with no oversight by elected officials, until negotiations are over. In 2016, 10 of the 21 Closed Session included ongoing Labor Negotiations, Pay and Benefit Increases, and Pensionable Pay Increases during the supposed 5-year Pensionable Pay Freeze. 1 of 1 Closed Session for January 2016. 2 of 3 Closed Sessions for February 2016. 2 of 2 Closed Sessions For March 2016. 2 of 3 Closed Sessions for April 2016. Zero Closed Sessions for May 2016 1 of 2 Closed Sessions for June 2016 1 of 3 Closed Sessions for July 2016 Zero Closed Sessions for August 2016 1 of 3 Closed Sessions for September 2016 0 of 3 Closed Sessions for October 2016 0 of 1 Closed Sessions for November 2016 0 of 2 Closed Sessions for December 2016
— December 22, 2016 9:50 p.m.

Can the San Diego River change course?

Derby Dike north of Old Town, and a California Historical Landmark, was created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1853 to divert the San Diego River. "The first government action to imply that the San Diego river stood in need of curbing was the U. S. Coast Survey whose report of 1851 by A. D. Bache warned that the bay may be destroyed by the silting action of the river. “The only remedy for this evil is to turn the river into False Bay again. This is an excellent harbor and its loss would be severely felt. Thus, Lt. George Horatio Derby, of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, was sent to San Diego in 1853 to build what was to become known as Derby’s Dike. On his survey map he noted that “during freshets of the rainy season, the marsh south of town is entirely’ inundated as well as part of the valley and plain bordering on the river.” Derby wanted to create a straight channel and levees for the river but he was ordered to deepen the old channel and build a levee from a point at the foot of the Presidio hill to the foot of Point Loma (1190 yards). The old San Diego Herald, Sept. 24, 1853; noted that “sixty laborers with carts, wheelbarrows, etc., are to be put on the work at once and by carrying it on energetically it is hoped that it may be entirely completed before the commencement of the rainy season.” Derby complained that the plan was not sound, and funds were insufficient, and sure enough, the first “freshet” took out part of the dike, and in the heavy rains of 1855 the river went back into San Diego Bay."
— November 23, 2016 6:20 p.m.

Sale of Truax House seems imminent

The City of San Diego Public Notices of from Real Estate Asset Department (READ) for Surplus Lands to other local agencies 1 to 3 years are inadequate and unofficial Declarations of Surplus Real Property. READ listing Surplus property for sale online is not an Official Public Notice. Yesterday the County Board of Supervisors approved Item 6 HIV/AIDS Getting to Zero Implementation Plan and Item 11 Declaration and Donation of 247 Acres of County owned land in Campo as part of the Historic Camp Lockett. Where there is a will, there is a way. The solution is Political which is to take out the decision making from City staff and the City Council, and get County Supervisors to request the excess City Surplus properties. The County can then follow the same Declaration and Donation process used in Campo for the Truax House.
— July 20, 2016 6:39 a.m.

Billionaire Democrat's Balboa Park plan revived by GOP mayor

The FY-2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report documents that the City of San Diego has $1,747,256,000 = $1.7 Billion in Cash Reserve Fund Balances (see Pages 174-175). With approximately +$700 million available for CIP Infrastructure project according to the Independent Budget Analyst (IBA) and Financial Management. The +$700 million available and Unencumbered could pay for ALL Regional Park needs. Mayor Faulconer has been hoarding this Cash since 2013. Cash in the Bank through Cash Reserve Fund Balances exists to build the unneeded Jacobs Bridge to Nowhere. The City of San Diego Cash Reserve Fund Balances increased dramatically due to the liquidation of $500 million = $0.5 BILLION in Successor Agency (SA) to the former Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Assets and ongoing Revenue. All outside the normal Budget process. City staff state the reason why no shovel-ready projects exist is Either Due to a lack of funding or Staffing. There has never been a lack of Infrastructure CIP Funding, only a lack of Staffing by Mayor Faulconer. The City of San Diego created this massive non-well-known Pot of Gold, including adding an additional $273,506,000 = $273.5 million Cash between FY-2014 and FY-2015. With no plans to spend until FY-2019 at the earliest. Please investigate the available funding siting in the bank for the unwanted Balboa Park Centennial Bridge, or any Neighborhood Infrastructure project. Even though the City of San Diego has cash in the Bank, they are still taking on New Bond Debt and Bank Fees. Please analyze these Shady practices.
— July 1, 2016 9:15 a.m.

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