RescueHillcrest

Founder June 17, 2016 @ 2:13 p.m.

Developers now rule $D and everyone else better realize it, since the new Golden Rule literally means those with the GOLD Rule!

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monaghan June 17, 2016 @ 2:47 p.m.

Marcela Escobar-Eck -- onetime San Diego official involved in the Sunroad scandal is now the face of San Diego area developer interests.

Calling that section of wide and traffic-choked University Avenue "historic" is a stretch, although it is true the buildings are low-rise and oldish, as is the extravagant claim that the shift is equivalent to the Orlando massacre. Still, there is much to be said for low-rise and old and the unchanged center of a lively LGBTQ scene.

In La Jolla, Escobar-Eck succeeded in overriding La Jolla Community Plan provisions that ground-floors were meant for retail shops over commercial uses -- and got Morgan-Stanley brokerage offices installed at a small charming Prospect Avenue plaza that once housed Victoria's Secret. Escobar-Eck's landlord client had held out for astronomical rent and kept the building vacant for years and then cried poverty and property rights until he had a non-conforming stock broker to pay the freight. The La Jolla Community Planning Association went along with change.

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Cassander May 15, 2019 @ 11:11 a.m.

A sad but not unexpected result, as the fix was in by the corrupt establishment to freeze Briggs out as even a candidate.

But as the saying goes, there're none more free than those with nothing to lose. Let's hope this obvious sabotage by the crony Rep/Dem univocal local party turbocharges Briggs in dismantling their cynical and self-serving projects.

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Cassander July 15, 2019 @ 3:50 p.m.

This article makes it clear that so many are in the pocket of their developer pimps, pols like Ward and Gloria can openly tell their constituents to go have intercourse with themselves—and count on their fellow stable whores in the news orgs and lobby shops to spin it as a PSA for colorectal screenings.

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BabyKat July 17, 2019 @ 8:43 a.m.

Too cozy? One could go as far as to say, "incestuous" relationship of this very tight-knit group… Let's see, Kathleen "Kate" Hawthorne Ferrier formerly of Circulate SD, and now Chris Ward's office, is BFFs with Angie Landsberg of NPMS. Kate is also a former NPPC member. Angie is BFF's with Tyler Renner, et al of Chris Ward's office. Matt Stucky "the ice cream man" is involved with Circulate SD, new NPPC member (the week before they voted kind of NEW), and close friend of Colin Parent. Colin is the director of Circulate SD, close friends with all of the above, and a La Mesa council member. Interestingly, Colin's campaign manager (Estrada) is now Chris Ward's Communications Director. Throw Everett "The Erv" Hauser into the mix as the Mayor's Traffic Engineer; he’s a former SANDAG intern, very vocal and avid cyclist who attends Tuesday night races at the Velodrome, an Ironman and Grand Prix racer (seriously, check out his FB page... he is beyond stuck on himself and if it wasn't so gross, it would actually be funny). But really, how is The Erv's being a CITY traffic engineer who recommends policy in the city NOT a conflict of interest given that he is such a single-minded and avid cyclist? Ahhh, but I digress... all of these people have job hopped and glad-handed in order to position themselves within the city so they could get this ridiculous plan in motion before Chris Ward and Kevin Faulconer term out. Chris Ward needs to clean house and Kevin Faulconer should be embarrassed that this has happened under his lame duck watch. Both Ward and Faulconer should be focusing on the homeless situation in this city instead of playing with businesses and residents’ lives just so their little group of friends have aCYLCE TRACK on 30th Street. It will be interesting how their future political aspirations are affected by the cesspool they are leaving us in SD. *(Oh, I don’t have room to get into but don't forget Andy Hanshaw, Molly Burgess, Rachel Laing, Vicki Granowitz, Liz Studebaker, and Lisa Harvedt [the VOICE that is strangely quiet these days], all supporting players and part of the same group of friends who hang together, ride together, and recreate together as those discussed above).

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Geranium July 17, 2019 @ 5:45 p.m.

There you go.....sounds like this is the tip of the icky iceberg of all of this. I suppose another way to put it be that Ward's office and Circulate SD are not incestuous, but really the same thing. And you need to add YIMBY Democrats (which is such a misnomer, it should really be YIMBY Libertarians) which is just a recruiting arm to dupe Millennials that the only way to bring their rent down is to call Boomers greedy for caring about their neighborhoods. I assume you can look at every land use situation Ward has been involved with and you will find the same folks calling the shots and playing the various roles to insure the predetermined outcome happens. The 6th and Olive project had the same cast of characters making sure the community input was ignored.

Sadly this is just more of the insider, self serving, business as usual we have seen for way to long in San Diego. We really need to find a way to get a city government that is working for the people of the city, not well connected folks playing monopoly with our city.

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BabyKat July 17, 2019 @ 11:13 p.m.

Yes! They are one and the same! "Playing Monopoly" with our city is exactly what they are doing... as a stepping stone to their next political fiasco, leaving SD to deal with their mess.

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Geranium July 20, 2019 @ 8:15 a.m.

All the new posts are making it even clearer there needs to be the daylight of a in depth journalist investigation of Circulate SD and its relationship to our elected officials.

Clearly one of Circulate's main goals, like any business entity, is its own financial well being. And clearly given its donor list and its growth, Circulate is successful at that. Of course part of the problem with taking money from someone is that the people you get it from usually except something in return for it.

Seems to me the connection preventing pedestrian accidents/deaths and deregulating development regulations for the benefit of developers is both odd and tenuous. But Circulate seems to feel its cover enough to obscure all of the lobbying work they do for a myriad of businesses. Whats both more remarkable, but also more troubling, is that Chris Ward and Todd Gloria feel they can use Circulate SD as cover for their actions and ambitions. If Circulate is doing most of the heavy lifting for developer lobbyists then Ward and Gloria can pretend they are doing something other than doing what their political funders want.

What's perhaps even more troubling is seeing Ward join in on one of the main strategies of Circulate and their many tentacle organizations (Circulate Inc): to try to neutralize neighborhood organizations through ageism and tribalism. The goal is to prevent a hearty multi-voiced dialog about land use. Instead of a complex dialogs from how to wisely add density to a neighborhood to how the concentration of wealth is leading to a concentration of real estate ownership (and how that impacts housing availability and costs), Circulate Inc encourages the out loud attacks on boomers, suggesting they should move if they don't like Circulate Incs goals for the city. Clearly Ward slipped up by using his "out loud" voice to espouse this position at the meeting, but its at the core of his and others strategy for land use.

So I'll say it again, we need to shine daylight on all this.....for the well being of our city.

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Geranium July 21, 2019 @ 10:55 p.m.

I would assume Cory Briggs is also exploring the possibility of legal transgressions by Circulate SD and Ward's office.

Regarding the bike lane issue, I would assume both Circulate Inc and Ward need to make sure they power through a few bike lanes to help provide cover for their main agenda, serving the big developers, land owners, out in the open lobbyists, and other business/corporate concerns that fund their ambitions. While I would love to see a more pedestrian and bike friendly San Diego, its depressing to see such cynicism associated with the cause. I recently heard someone use the phrase "The Trojan Bike" to describe what is going on. That would be funny except for the very real negative impact on our city, and the damage to peoples lives is tragic.

It doesn't take a lot of effort to realize the only hope we have to solve the climate crisis (and the housing crisis) is to diminish the control corporations have over the politicians and the political process. How is helping mega real estate corporations and REITs take over our housing market going to help. Do you think all the money being funneled into Circulate SD by business to distribute in various hidden ways into subverting our community process really intended to solve the climate or housing crisis? I have no idea if the Republicans who espoused supply side theory 40 years ago thought it would trickle down to help all levels of the economy, nor do I know now if those running Circulate Inc believe building luxury housing will bring rents down. I think a consideration of the situation that isn't self serving would suggest a more complicated and nuanced solution is required.

But one thing is clear, the destructive tribalism Circulate Inc (and Ward) put so much energy into is not helpful.

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Cassander Sept. 11, 2019 @ 8:08 p.m.

Why, when Davis left her literal protégé, Todd Gloria, stuck sitting at the kiddie table in all this, Georgette Gómez thinks she's going to have a snowball's chance against Sara Jacobs, is beyond comprehension.

It reminds me of the old "Demotivational" poster: This is going to end in disaster, and you have no one to blame but yourself.

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