Don Bauder 8:42 p.m., May 23
Meeting on Downtown Property and Business Improvement District Postponed...Again
What's another couple of months when three years have already passed? That's what some downtown residents must be thinking after hearing that the Audit Committee will not discuss an audit of the Downtown Property and Business Improvement District at this month's meeting.
The discussion is considered the first step in finding out how the City plans to refund residents who were overcharged on their annual assessments.
But, despite the complaints from residents and media coverage, the City has done, well, nothing. No refunds have been issued, even though residents were told as far back as September 2009 that refunds were on their way.
"We are working with the comptroller’s office on issuing refunds. We will submit refund checks to the owners in your unit,” read one email from Luis Ojeda, a program manager in the City Planning and Community Investment Department.
So, residents were glad to hear the Audit Committee was scheduled to discuss an audit of the Downtown assessment. But then came an email from Bahija Hamraz, District Director for the Downtown San Diego Partnership, the organization that manages the improvement district.
"I just heard from the Mayor’s office that the Assessment Audit will not be taken to the Audit Committee in April," wrote Hamraz. "The City Attorney’s office has determined that the item may need to be discussed in closed session and it has been pushed back to May, or later."