U-T's Washington Post whitewash

Beautiful family.
— February 18, 2018 8:59 p.m.

Ladera Street stairs closed. Too dangerous. Man falls 50-feet down bluff at Sunset Cliffs FEBRUARY 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO – A man was injured early Friday morning when he fell roughly 50 feet down an ocean-front bluff in the Sunset Cliffs area of San Diego, authorities said. It happened around 3 a.m. near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Ladera Street, just northwest of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials said. The 30-year-old victim was conscious when emergency rescue crews reached him on the sandy beach, firefighters and lifeguards told dispatchers. He was airlifted to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest with injuries of unknown severity.
— February 16, 2018 9:15 a.m.

SoccerCity's open special influence money frenzy

Solution: Forget Sucker City and Amend the Petco Park Ballpark Lease titled "Joint Use and Management Agreement (JUMA)" dated February 1, 2000, and JUMA Amendment 1 dated May 21, 2012 to allow a new Major League Soccer (MLS) team and SDSU Football to play at Petco Park forever. Easy. The JUMA Lease for Petco Park includes: Section 5.2.4. The Padres shall not hold or sponsor any Football Game at the Ballpark Property. Section 5.4.4. The City shall not hold or sponsor any Football Game at the Ballpark Property. The Padres already have a Sublease Agreement with SDSU to allow College Football for 2018-2019, and a separate Lease Agreement for the College Football's Holiday Bowl. Thus the Padres have violated the JUMA Section 5.2.4 outlawing Football games by their side agreements with SDSU and the Holiday Bowl. Great news. Therefore the City can violate the JUMA Section 5.4.4 and allow SDSU Football for 2020 and beyond. Petco Park has already allowed Soccer, Rugby, Tennis, Supercross, etc. The No Football Sections were added to the JUMA Lease in 2000 "partly because of safety concerns with the field layout... The main reason... was because one of the end zones would have been only a few feet from the outfield wall and there was a fear of increased injury risks." "According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres are working with architects on stadium seating solutions to accommodate college football fans at their home venue."
— June 5, 2017 10:46 a.m.

City council prepares to throw $40 million subsidy to tourism

April 24, 2017 City Council Hearing. 32 Minutes Council Member Sherman's comments along the San Diego River Homeless Encampment and Stolen Bicycle Parts. 37 Minutes Item 20. Mayor Kevin Faulconer's May 7, 2017 National Travel and Tourism Week Proclamation. 2 Hours 21-38 Minutes. Non-Agenda Public Comment.
— May 1, 2017 3:36 p.m.

War over Roseville's 40-foot house continues

Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCBP) Chair Jon Linney has shown great leadership. Many decades old issues are being addressed publicly. Which is always good news. Plus forcing the City to spend the long hoarded Point Loma Developer Impact Fees (DIF) on a new City park on Canon Street is a great win. The problem is a lack of leadership from our elected Strong Mayor Kevin Faulconer, our new City Attorney Mara Elliot, and our City Council. All elected officials should make it clear to attorney Robert Vacchi of Development Services Department (DSD) that his purposeful misinterpretation of our Municipal Code, and Construction Permit Approvals does not give any developer, any rights under law. The solution is to let 40 foot high Developers sue the City of San Diego, then have the City counter sue to make the legal issue clear. DSD's purposeful misinterpretations and issuing of Building Permits do not magically give developers legal rights they never had. Similar to the Sunroad mess when DSD violated the Municipal Code and Master Plan. Sunroad lost their $40 million lawsuit against City Staff issuing an illegal Development Permit. Also Agree with Elisa Brent that the change to the footnote in the Municipal Code (MC) should be challenged at the Coastal Commission as part of the Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendment. The footnote change gives the impression that some Developers have been Grandfathered in and legally allowed to build 40 foot Coastal buildings, and the Municipal Code change only applies to future developers.
— February 25, 2017 1:29 p.m.

City's pension liability zooms up by $937 million

The main reason for the almost $1 Billion SDCERS Pension increase is due to the continuous Pensionable Pay Raises and Benefit Increases during the supposed 5-year Pensionable Pay Freeze negotiated by former Mayor Filner starting on July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018. The 5-Year Pensionable Pay Freeze never actually happened. Although the 5-year Pensionable Pay Increase is in place, Mayor Faulconer has given several large Non-Pensionable Pay and Benefit Increases. Notice on the Closed Session Agendas, that even with signed labor agreements, labor negotiations are constant since September 2013. Analyze the Actuarial Valuation by Cheiron for SDCERS for 2016 compared to 2013 when the 5-year Pensionable Pay Freeze was signed. Lots of new changes and expenses, all brought forward by Mayor Faulconer and Interim Mayor Todd Gloria mostly always on consent with no discussion. Proposition B did not create any Pension savings, the 5-year Pensionable Pay freeze came out during Closed Session Negotiations. “Sanders and Faulconer touted this as such a victory for the taxpayers,” Harris said in an interview, “but the reality is, it will end up costing the taxpayers … the savings were all out of the five-year pay freeze.” Please analyze the City Attorney’s Closed Session Reports, specifically for Conferences with Labor Negotiators and City Designated Management Team Representatives, which always excluded our Strong Mayor from 2013 to the present. Unlike previous San Diego Mayors, Mayor Faulconer has abdicated his Elected Strong Mayor authority by not being the Lead Negotiator during Meet and Confers with the Unions for Non-Pensionable Pay and Benefit Increases. The Unions are negotiating with themselves with no oversight by elected officials, until negotiations are over. In 2016, 10 of the 21 Closed Session included ongoing Labor Negotiations, Pay and Benefit Increases, and Pensionable Pay Increases during the supposed 5-year Pensionable Pay Freeze. 1 of 1 Closed Session for January 2016. 2 of 3 Closed Sessions for February 2016. 2 of 2 Closed Sessions For March 2016. 2 of 3 Closed Sessions for April 2016. Zero Closed Sessions for May 2016 1 of 2 Closed Sessions for June 2016 1 of 3 Closed Sessions for July 2016 Zero Closed Sessions for August 2016 1 of 3 Closed Sessions for September 2016 0 of 3 Closed Sessions for October 2016 0 of 1 Closed Sessions for November 2016 0 of 2 Closed Sessions for December 2016
— December 22, 2016 9:50 p.m.

Can the San Diego River change course?

Derby Dike north of Old Town, and a California Historical Landmark, was created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1853 to divert the San Diego River. "The first government action to imply that the San Diego river stood in need of curbing was the U. S. Coast Survey whose report of 1851 by A. D. Bache warned that the bay may be destroyed by the silting action of the river. “The only remedy for this evil is to turn the river into False Bay again. This is an excellent harbor and its loss would be severely felt. Thus, Lt. George Horatio Derby, of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, was sent to San Diego in 1853 to build what was to become known as Derby’s Dike. On his survey map he noted that “during freshets of the rainy season, the marsh south of town is entirely’ inundated as well as part of the valley and plain bordering on the river.” Derby wanted to create a straight channel and levees for the river but he was ordered to deepen the old channel and build a levee from a point at the foot of the Presidio hill to the foot of Point Loma (1190 yards). The old San Diego Herald, Sept. 24, 1853; noted that “sixty laborers with carts, wheelbarrows, etc., are to be put on the work at once and by carrying it on energetically it is hoped that it may be entirely completed before the commencement of the rainy season.” Derby complained that the plan was not sound, and funds were insufficient, and sure enough, the first “freshet” took out part of the dike, and in the heavy rains of 1855 the river went back into San Diego Bay."
— November 23, 2016 6:20 p.m.

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