Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
SEDC president to board in 2006: give up affordable housing monitoring and enforcement?
Around the time the city's Independent Budget Analyst was wondering why bonuses were being paid out during an employee pay freeze last year, the president of the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) was requesting that SEDC transfer its affordable housing monitoring and enforcement functions to the San Diego Housing Commission.
According to Keyser Marston Associates, this request was related to the City of San Diego investigation of the business association involving former SEDC president Reese Jarrett. The Keyser Marston report for SEDC stated "On April 27, 2007, the Office of the City Attorney of the City of San Diego prepared an investigational report on SEDC citing poor project management, lack of project oversight, and possible favoritism of awarding affordable housing by SEDC and the developer, Carter Reese Associates (Carter Reese). The claims related to two housing projects, The Village at Euclid and Skyline Terrace, both built by Carter Reese. The Village at Euclid was completed in September 2000 and Skyline Terrace was completed in September 2002."
After a breakdown of activities at the two projects, the Keyser Marston report then states: "In November 2006, the President of SEDC recommended to the SEDC Board of Directors that the San Diego Housing Commission assume from SEDC all monitoring and enforcement of affordable housing responsibilities regarding both affordability and owner-occupancy restrictions for affordable housing developments."
This may all be in innocent fun, but when the president of a redevelopment agency is looking to shed any monitoring and enforcement functions, the smell-o-meter starts to perk up with interest.
When the president of a redevelopment agency (already a meeting place and watering hole for developers and associated consultant/moneychangers) wants to shed monitoring and enforcement responsibilities after another former agency president has any involvement in "poor project management, lack of project oversight, and possible favoritism", then the smell-o-meter starts to glow in the dark.
In any case, the request for SEDC to avoid responsibility to monitor and enforce affordable housing regulations, policies and guidelines must be seen as avoiding the ethical responsibility to properly care for the assets that SEDC managed for the people of San Diego.
While he may not be the most popular guy on the block, the City Attorney seems to have hit the target on this one.
Residents of Encanto and Lemon Grove living near that favorite of Carter Reese developments at the old gas holder site, take note.