Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
The Board of Supervisors extended a collective middle finger to the residents and business owners of Grantville today...and no one was surprised.
After waiting for over two hours, members of the public spoke against the recent settlement whereby the county takes over $31 million from Grantville residents, and spends it on vanity projects downtown.
Originally, the Supervisors opposed this deal. They said, correctly, that it would drain money away from vital infrastructure, education, and health services in the County of San Diego. They sued, saying the finding of blight was bogus, and the use of eminent domain to take property from small businesses in Grantville to fund big business downtown was wrong.
They got bought off. Instead of fighting for principle, they took a settlement, brokered by the disgraced CCDC, to move money from the city back to the county.
Ron Roberts was openly scornful of the residents of Grantville, calling their complaints baseless. Supervisor Horn also said he thought the settlement was a wonderful solution. Greg Cox said he was only looking out for the county administration's interests...and he's not responsible to the broader public.
Only Dianne Jacob grasped the gravity of the situation, and stood up for us. Her colleagues ignored her.
So now an expensive lawsuit must go forward to stop this deal. The Grantville Action Group is raising money for the fight. You can contact them at: