Fred Williams

Secrecy shrouds Faulconer’s SoccerCity favors

Is there any doubt San Diego is on the path to yet another expensive lesson on the economics of sports shows? By manipulating information and access, and with the eager assistance of TV news, the UT, and boosters, the oligarchs with suck money from the city coffers directly into their own pockets. Anyone opposing the theft is labeled "obstructionist". ...and in twenty years, another massive hole in the accounts of the city must be backfilled with tax payer money, further reducing services and safety for the public. That's exactly what happened with the stadium and ballpark in the late nineties. You can draw a direct line to today's infrastructure and retirement deficits to John Moores, Jack McGrory, Susan Golding and subsequent mayors putting sports before the public good, and turning a blind eye to blatant corruption. Literally, Jack and Susan stopped paying into the pension fund to give the money to John Moores, issued flawed ballpark bonds, and vilified anyone who called their scam into question. (Jack McGrory, former City Manager who prostituted himself to John Moores was quoted in the UT calling me an "urban terrorist" for saying, in council chambers during public comment, that he was corrupt...I wish he had sued me for libel so I could have shown the evidence to a judge, the coward!) The bright smile with a hand up his throat who passes for mayor today is following this shameful tradition. Now it's soccer that's going to lift the city to the stars, while tunneling away the subterranean foundations of future prosperity and eroding democracy. So predictable, so sad, and so on, and on, ad nauseum.
— March 10, 2017 9:54 p.m.

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