Jeff Smith noon, March 8
State Looking for Redevelopment Fraud. Suggestion: Grantville
The state controller's office has announced that it is looking for fraud and malfeasance in redevelopment. Dr. Brian T. Peterson, who heads the Grantville Action Group, has a good suggestion: Grantville. In today's (Jan. 29) letter to the controller's office, Peterson notes that in 2005, the City of San Diego declared Grantville blighted; residents disagreed. The County agreed with the residents and filed suit against the City over the designation. In 2008 the suit was settled "in exchange for Grantville giving the County $49 million for the life of Grantville redevelopment," wrote Peterson. But $31.4 million was to be funneled through the City's downtown Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC) to pay for improvements to the County Administration Building. Grantville was to send money to the City for improvements to the C Street trolley -- 15 miles distant from Grantville. Without giving evidence, the City claimed that improving the C Street trolley would alleviate blight in Grantville. In September of 2008 the Grantville Action Group sued to block this nifty bit of money juggling. In December, Judge Joan Lewis ruled against Grantville. "The premise for Grantville redevelopment is seemingly fraudulent," says Peterson in his letter. In my judgment, he could have deleted the word "seemingly."