From last week's announcement of a Sacramento legislative budget deal that included a tax increment cap increase to the Centre City Development Corporation, details are scarce, but Saturday's daily paper carried a front page story on how closed door negotiations, encouraged by Mayor Jerry Sanders, led to the deal that apparently awaits the Governator's signature.

It may be enough to encourage a courtesy call by former City Attorney Michael Aguirre to the United States Department of Justice regarding the possibility that the state legislature violated public advance notice laws on the secretive nature of CCDC's portion of state budget negotiations. The deal comes as it appears the Little Italy business improvement district whistle-blower trial Scott Kessler v. City of San Diego has been postponed from October 15 to after the sales tax increase vote.

According to existing state law, tax revenue increases resulting from redevelopment agency activities (the “tax increment” being the difference between pre and post-development tax revenues) are not distributed to the city but reserved for the redevelopment agency. In just a few weeks, San Diego residents will vote on a temporary half-cent sales tax increase, most of which will be collected downtown within CCDC project boundaries.

If a new NFL stadium is constructed in the CCDC project boundaries, then state law appears to preempt any local City Council intent for any stadium-generated sales tax increase money other than its diversion to and use by CCDC for whatever is in that corporation's development planning pipeline.

Keep your enemies close, your friends closer, and your council member closest of all... but not if you want a cut of that sales tax increase. If that's what you need to feed the pension monster or keep public safety funded but Fred Maas isn't on your Christmas card list, then too bad for you.

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a2zresource Oct. 11, 2010 @ 7:23 a.m.

See comments on Don Bauder's blog post "Last-Minute Legislature Deal Boosts Chances of Massive Chargers Subsidy" for info on Aguirre to USDOJ relating to CCDC budget deal...

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a2zresource Oct. 11, 2010 @ 12:16 p.m.

I hear it's only $200 on the filing fee...

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Founder Oct. 11, 2010 @ 12:47 p.m.

Reply #2 If a Recall happens for KFC, then I'm sure a number of City Leaders will also chicken out!

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Founder Oct. 11, 2010 @ 12:52 p.m.

"It may be enough to encourage a courtesy call by former City Attorney Michael Aguirre to the United States Department of Justice regarding the possibility that the state legislature violated public advance notice laws on the secretive nature of CCDC's portion of state budget negotiations."

  1. CCDC has not even gotten it's required Blight Study (which will cost about $500,000) done yet.
  2. I'm surprised that our State Legislators don't also have to conform to the Brown Act, which is supposed to insure "openness" in all public decision making; I know the Redevelopment Agency requires it...!
  3. The biggest question is why isn't much of this "new found" money not being used to fix SD up instead of building yet another $tadium?
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a2zresource Oct. 11, 2010 @ 12:59 p.m.

OK HERE'S THE DEAL:

We are now in FANTASY RECALL MODE.

So far, it appears that the FANTASY RECALL is now 3-0 in favor of replacing the mayor and/or a majority of the City Council (AKA hat-wearing Redevelopment Agency directors) with a pack of llamas or other replacements of higher ethics/IQ...

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a2zresource Oct. 14, 2010 @ 8:57 a.m.

So far, the FANTASY RECALL at 3-0 in favor of sending hiz honor to an honorary post on state budget talks involving billions for CCDC.

After hours at looking, I still can't find any language in the state budget deal that protects the proposed half cent sales tax increase in Prop. D from being raided by CCDC as part of the budget deal blessed by our strong mayor. For that exposure to CCDC seizure, I have to vote no on Prop. D.

Apparently, Nathan Fletcher is good for headlines in the election cycle but not so good for open inquiry into local redevelopment funding.

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a2zresource Oct. 21, 2010 @ 9:46 a.m.

Based on comments made on Don Bauder's "Sanders's 'Frighten 'Em' Prop. D Scam", I am adjusting the FANTASY RECALL count to 5-0 in favor of recalling hiz honor.

Seems that being a no-show at his own budget-talk community forums is a political negative.

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