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San Diego council seeks real estate expert

To be ready for city hall's next big property snafu

To be avoided – another 101 Ash Street scandal
To be avoided – another 101 Ash Street scandal

After getting badly burned by the 101 Street building scandal, San Diego's city council is looking to hire a real estate consultant to assist the city council's independent budget analyst to avoid such embarrassing financial meltdowns in the future.

The would-be contractor "shall provide the City of San Diego’s Office of the Independent Budget Analyst as-needed real estate advisory services," says a September 30 request for proposals posted online.

"Contractor will work under the direction of the [Independent Budget Analyst] and will assist the IBA and the City Council in evaluating a variety of real estate-related proposals and options."

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Jaymie Bradford, chief operating officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

The consultant is to "evaluate potential real estate proposals and transactions such as building purchases, lease administration, and agreements, and disposition of City-owned property," the document goes on to say.

As explained by the solicitation, "The mission of the [Independent Budget Analyst] is to provide clear, objective, and unbiased analysis and advice to the City Council and the public regarding all legislative items bearing financial and policy impacts to the City of San Diego."

The possible cost of the consulting services is not given.

In late July, the council voted 6-3 to approve a controversial $132 million-plus deal to settle litigation and acquire 101 Ash and nearby Civic Center Plaza, a move championed by Democratic Mayor Todd Gloria.

The mayor subsequently set up a so-called citizens committee, tasked with the ostensible mission of advising him on how the city should exploit the six blocks it now owns.

“We have this opportunity, now that we control this rather large part of downtown San Diego, to invite ideas, suggestions and a path forward for addressing not just the needs of the city, but to try and put this publicly owned property to better use for the general public," the mayor was quoted as telling the Union-Tribune.

Unlike most of the city's bureaucracy, the Independent Budget Analyst reports to the city council, not the mayor, and so the work of the new real estate advisor could serve as a balance to proposals cooked up by Gloria's committee of downtown insiders, chaired by Jaymie Bradford, chief operating officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of the mayor's key political money backers.

Real estate lawyer, lobbyist, and Gloria donor Donna Jones, whose clients have included La Jolla's Bishop's School, developer and ex-city manager Jack McGrory, labor union representatives Carol Kim and Brigette Browning, and public employees union honcho Mike Zucchet are also members of the group, expected to be closely overseen by Gloria and his staff.

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To be avoided – another 101 Ash Street scandal
To be avoided – another 101 Ash Street scandal

After getting badly burned by the 101 Street building scandal, San Diego's city council is looking to hire a real estate consultant to assist the city council's independent budget analyst to avoid such embarrassing financial meltdowns in the future.

The would-be contractor "shall provide the City of San Diego’s Office of the Independent Budget Analyst as-needed real estate advisory services," says a September 30 request for proposals posted online.

"Contractor will work under the direction of the [Independent Budget Analyst] and will assist the IBA and the City Council in evaluating a variety of real estate-related proposals and options."

Sponsored
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Jaymie Bradford, chief operating officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

The consultant is to "evaluate potential real estate proposals and transactions such as building purchases, lease administration, and agreements, and disposition of City-owned property," the document goes on to say.

As explained by the solicitation, "The mission of the [Independent Budget Analyst] is to provide clear, objective, and unbiased analysis and advice to the City Council and the public regarding all legislative items bearing financial and policy impacts to the City of San Diego."

The possible cost of the consulting services is not given.

In late July, the council voted 6-3 to approve a controversial $132 million-plus deal to settle litigation and acquire 101 Ash and nearby Civic Center Plaza, a move championed by Democratic Mayor Todd Gloria.

The mayor subsequently set up a so-called citizens committee, tasked with the ostensible mission of advising him on how the city should exploit the six blocks it now owns.

“We have this opportunity, now that we control this rather large part of downtown San Diego, to invite ideas, suggestions and a path forward for addressing not just the needs of the city, but to try and put this publicly owned property to better use for the general public," the mayor was quoted as telling the Union-Tribune.

Unlike most of the city's bureaucracy, the Independent Budget Analyst reports to the city council, not the mayor, and so the work of the new real estate advisor could serve as a balance to proposals cooked up by Gloria's committee of downtown insiders, chaired by Jaymie Bradford, chief operating officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of the mayor's key political money backers.

Real estate lawyer, lobbyist, and Gloria donor Donna Jones, whose clients have included La Jolla's Bishop's School, developer and ex-city manager Jack McGrory, labor union representatives Carol Kim and Brigette Browning, and public employees union honcho Mike Zucchet are also members of the group, expected to be closely overseen by Gloria and his staff.

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