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Maintenance assessment fee fight flares up in Del Cerro

The photo accompanying this article is taken right at the intersection of Airoso and Dartford. Someone cut away deadwood from tree growing in the strip of land alongside Airoso and piled the branches on the ground along the curb. Take a Google tour or a real-time drive in the area and look all around. There isn't a single leaf in the gutter anywhere. The neighborhoods and streets are meticulously neat and tidy. How easy for the scores of homeowners or their weekly yard workers on any of the nearby streets to put the pictured deadwood in piles for curbside greenery recycling! Or just haul it away or break it up and put it in the trash. All 2400 homeowners need not pay **$150/year, forever,** to deal with a simple, small cleanup on one bit of city curbway. This photo is so typical of the MAD promoters: in Golden Hill in 2007 the "horrifying" promotional MAD photo was of one sack of trash and one bit of graffiti on a dead-end street. Cleaning it took 5 minutes. Getting rid of the illegal MAD took 5 years. By the way, what Rawlins is pushing for Del Cerro is not a MAD, as defined by the State of California. Based on the scope mentioned by Rawlins, i.e., to *"improve medians on College Avenue and Del Cerro Boulevard, install new streetlights, increase the maintenance of neighborhood parks, and clean canyons and repair sidewalks*" is a PBID, a Property/Business Improvement District. It goes beyond a MAD, in which the assessment paid by a property owner has to confer special benefit to that owner's property, and not to the whole area or to the areas' businesses. San Diego has played a little game by conflating MADs and PBIDs. As a charter city, they think they can get away with it. Irony: The La Jolla MAD being sued (plaintiffs represented by Aguirre) has on its board one of the plaintiffs' lawyers for the successful Golden Hill action, and Aguirre was the City Attorney who let Marco Li Mandri form the Golden Hill MAD. Only in San Diego.
— July 7, 2017 9:59 a.m.

Marco Li Mandri wants to get around Prop 13

And here's Marco! http://granicus.sandiego.gov/MediaPlayer.php?vi... Starting at 00:5:33, Marco...go on, and at and 00:6:15 and 00:06:50, see Marco's admissions that the code he wrote in 1998 and 2003 has "some problems." Ha ha! Watch Marco nervously scratch and fidget. Watch Marti and Todd love them some Marco. Write your City Attorney and tell him what you think. And yes, if you keep watching, you see Marti talking to Hueso's brother about his taxi cab business.
— April 25, 2012 6:34 p.m.

Marco Li Mandri wants to get around Prop 13

goodlead writes: "*when the courts ruled it had violated the State Constitution in forming the Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District -- and probably other MADs as well"* Bingo: The other identically formed assessment districts run by business groups and the Economic Development department are indeed equally illegal on unconstitutional grounds. They are: 1. Little Italy MAD (formed and run by Li Mandri) 2. Adams Avenue MAD 3. Central Commercial MAD (formed by Hueso in 2000; Li Mandri was paid to do the setup) 4. City Heights MAD 5. College Heights MAD 6. Hillcrest Commercial Core MAD 7. Ocean Beach Newport Avenue MAD It is going to be really interesting to watch the Council do the annual renewal on these illegal districts, coming up in about a month. What will happen to the City's favorite phrase: "Maintenance Assessment Districts (MADs) are legal mechanisms by which property owners within a specified district can vote to assess themselves..."?? Can't say that now!!! The Municipal Code Li Mandri wrote for Casey Gwinn in 1998 and 2003 created these! Will council now rescind these and try to use Li Mandri's new code? Why are San Diego's council and downtown pols hooked on shady characters? They never, never, never go away (like Madaffer). And the likes of Kehoe, Hueso, Atkins, Peters, Young, Faulconer, Gloria, and Marti Emerald, and, alas, now David Alvarez, love them. San Diego could do so much better.
— April 25, 2012 5:10 p.m.

Marco Li Mandri wants to get around Prop 13

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