Walter Mencken 8:33 a.m., Nov. 21
Waring Up for Housing Commission; Protests Abound
On June 9, the city council will consider appointing Jim Waring, the former real estate czar for Mayor Sanders, to the Housing Commission. San Diegans are protesting. Waring was the one who fretted about Sunroad's possible loss of money when the company wanted to construct a tall building too close to Montgomery Field. The Federal Aviation Administration complained, but Waring, along with Mayor Sanders, championed Sunroad -- until they finally had to give in. (Sunroad's chief executive was a big donor to Sanders.) Katheryn Rhodes, Point Loma activist, says that Waring was one who permitted the Navy Broadway Complex developer, Doug Manchester, not turn in a valid earthquake fault investigation. Waring also favored the original affordable housing density bonus that had a loophole opening the door to violation of the 30-foot height limit. "Waring's policy decisions have cost the City of San Diego multi-millions of dollars," says Rhodes. He does not belong on the commission, she says.