Comments by northparkrick

City sides with developers, residents, developers again

Another fine example of the inept DSD and the enablement, and actual SUPPORT of improper permitting by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, and Interim-Hypocrate Mayor Todd (Jgo & Tglo). DSD routinely issues ministerial permits for projects that should be subject to full public input process all over the city. When area residents catch on to this absolutely illegal activity, the project is usually far enough along that all the residents get is "oops, we made a mistake", "there's simply nothing we can do now", "it fell through the cracks", "we can't stop it without great risk", or "we'll make sure it never happens again"....this time it's "I think we are stuck". To Goldsmith re your quote: "The City can be held liable for failing to afford a developer due process even if there would have otherwise been a legitimate basis for issuing a stop work order had the process been followed". Did you already forget about Jack in the Box North Park? Filner followed due process then, and you refused to issue the stop work order, choosing instead to face a lawsuit by the residents rather than one by the Big Bucks Box. I have a suggestion: DO YOUR DAMN JOBS CORRECTLY, ALL OF YOU ! We would have none of this abuse of neighborhoods if DSD would simply correctly apply Land Use Code, Zoning, and Community plan regulations, and stop catering to big business interests. Goldsmith wouldn't have to "defend the City" against lawsuits for improperly issued permits, and Todd would no longer have to have to "clean up the mess" and could get back to his 'sexy streets'. Hey Rolandans for Quality Infill Development -- good for you! You are part of a movement throughout the city to say 'enough is enough' and stand up for your quality of life against a corrupt municipal system. Check out two other community groups who have joined forces to stop the endless cycle of abuse to our neighborhoods: This happens all over our city. Certainly there are more groups who are fed up with it all. Maybe a united coalition of such neighborhood advocacy for groups could effect some real change in our messed up municipal system.
— November 5, 2013 8 p.m.

Lawsuit filed against City of San Diego for allowing fast-food chain Jack in the Box to remodel North Park restaurant

I am always amazed at how those who don't have a clue about the full situation are so quick to post their completely uneducated opinion. It would be a waste of time, rosijoni, to go into the detail it would take to cover your comments and questions, and mostly because you have it all figured out in your own mind anyway. Any facts given to you would be ignored or lumped into your pre-conceived categories of people and issues of which you have already drawn your own conclusions, and clearly have no comprehension or understanding. Just a few facts that you might want to look into for the truth: 1. Bluefoot Bar was approved by the City in violation of the Zoning. People did NOT buy their homes next to a liquor bar (it was a beer/wine bar only), but even after 6 or more years of opposition, and with the Municipal Code and zoning on the neighbor's side, the City will not rescind this use. 2. Jonathan Segal, the architect/developer of the North Parker lofts is following the rules. The neighbor's may not like them all, but we're not fighting this development because J.S. is playing by the book, and not doing anything he is not legally allowed to do. If we can't win cases where we have the law on our side, why would we think we'd have a snowball's chance in hell raising issues with a development that is perfectly legal? 3. Jack in the Box is knowingly and willfully violating the Muni Code, Zoning, and the NP community plan. They were denied what they are doing a year ago by the Planning Commission, and are weaseling their way around the rules and thumbing their nose at the neighborhood and the community by calling what they are doing a "remodel". And the City refuses to force them to comply out of fear of a lawsuit. Yes, many people bought their homes knowing there was a fast food chain there. We were also promised that they would never be able to rebuild a new restaurant on that site and keep the drive thru. And to clear up the biggest misconception of all, this is not about Jack in the Box. They are welcome to stay. They just cannot keep the drive-through according to 'the rules'. The City Atty. has stated that JIB has violated the permit they were given, and that the City issued the wrong permit in the first place (we have that in writing), but because they are so far along in construction, to make them comply with the rules now would likely lead to a lawsuit that Jack could likely win. But our City picks and chooses who has to follow the rules, and in this case, our neighborhood gets dumped on once again, just like with Bluefoot, because it's easier to condone a mistake than to correct it, and business interests are more important than residents or neighborhoods to the power mongers that run this city. Do me favor, get your facts straight and know what you're talking about before you throw around phrases like NIMBY, OK?
— August 18, 2013 1:40 a.m.

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