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Maloni on Voting as Legalized Gambling on Redevelopment Projects

Scott Maloni informed us in the media over the weekend that downtown San Diego provides us with $60 million annually in tax revenues that are used for public safety and community services throughout the City of San Diego.

If only it were enough.

Maloni, board chairman at the Downtown San Diego Partnership, informed us about the $60 million while supporting the mayoral veto of the new City Hall proposal ballot measure. According to Maloni, having a public vote on that sort of project was a bad precedent, where the will of the majority that would most likely vote it down was characterized by Maloni as merely “a political roll of the dice.” So, instead of a public vote, we have the soothing words of a Poseidon Resources vice president because “The project's fiscal and economic benefits are too important” to have us dicey people vote for or against it.

Of course, if most of Masters of the Downtown Partnership thought that they could convince us that it was actually a good idea, we would have a City Hall ballot measure on for the November election faster than you could say “football stadium over the Port of San Diego.”

What Maloni chose not to tell us was a lot.

What Maloni didn't mention was that at $60 million a year in tax revenues for all of San Diego's public safety and community service needs, it would take at least 100 years to match the Tax Increment increase of just over $6 billion being requested for redevelopment agencies to skim off of the local tax base in downtown, where the current TI cap of $2.98 billion is proposed to increase to $9 billion, if that TI cap increase hasn't already been approved while nobody was watching.

The thing is, the Downtown Partnership overlords never plan that far in advance. Most likely, they will be able to squeeze 100 years of tax revenue matching into a decade or less of redevelopment-sponsored spending on new sports facilities downtown.

For those of us who were just salivating over the possibility of voting this November for or against a brand new city hall at $293.5 million (not including debt financing), we can instead turn to fact finding by emailing one or more of the following questions to Maloni at the Downtown Partnership, then waiting for his response, but I'd advise you not to hold your breath:

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies is used to reduce the City's public employee pension deficit?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies is used to pay for the new central library?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies pays for police officers, firefighters, or any of the 20 or more fire houses that need to be built in San Diego?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies go to putting power lines underground to prevent future uninsured wildfire legal cost billing of SDG&E customers?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies went toward on-site alternative energy generation to reduce the need for SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink project, or the need for higher peak business hour electricity rates for small business and residential customers?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies went to keeping Comic-Con or the Chargers in town?

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Scott Maloni informed us in the media over the weekend that downtown San Diego provides us with $60 million annually in tax revenues that are used for public safety and community services throughout the City of San Diego.

If only it were enough.

Maloni, board chairman at the Downtown San Diego Partnership, informed us about the $60 million while supporting the mayoral veto of the new City Hall proposal ballot measure. According to Maloni, having a public vote on that sort of project was a bad precedent, where the will of the majority that would most likely vote it down was characterized by Maloni as merely “a political roll of the dice.” So, instead of a public vote, we have the soothing words of a Poseidon Resources vice president because “The project's fiscal and economic benefits are too important” to have us dicey people vote for or against it.

Of course, if most of Masters of the Downtown Partnership thought that they could convince us that it was actually a good idea, we would have a City Hall ballot measure on for the November election faster than you could say “football stadium over the Port of San Diego.”

What Maloni chose not to tell us was a lot.

What Maloni didn't mention was that at $60 million a year in tax revenues for all of San Diego's public safety and community service needs, it would take at least 100 years to match the Tax Increment increase of just over $6 billion being requested for redevelopment agencies to skim off of the local tax base in downtown, where the current TI cap of $2.98 billion is proposed to increase to $9 billion, if that TI cap increase hasn't already been approved while nobody was watching.

The thing is, the Downtown Partnership overlords never plan that far in advance. Most likely, they will be able to squeeze 100 years of tax revenue matching into a decade or less of redevelopment-sponsored spending on new sports facilities downtown.

For those of us who were just salivating over the possibility of voting this November for or against a brand new city hall at $293.5 million (not including debt financing), we can instead turn to fact finding by emailing one or more of the following questions to Maloni at the Downtown Partnership, then waiting for his response, but I'd advise you not to hold your breath:

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies is used to reduce the City's public employee pension deficit?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies is used to pay for the new central library?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies pays for police officers, firefighters, or any of the 20 or more fire houses that need to be built in San Diego?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies go to putting power lines underground to prevent future uninsured wildfire legal cost billing of SDG&E customers?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies went toward on-site alternative energy generation to reduce the need for SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink project, or the need for higher peak business hour electricity rates for small business and residential customers?

  • How much of the Tax Increment withheld by redevelopment agencies went to keeping Comic-Con or the Chargers in town?

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You need to spend some amount of time looking for an Attorney that will champion your campaign, because your Blogs are being read and responded to by so few of US.

San Diego needs an Attorney that will ask the right questions as only an Attorney knows how to do and expose the City and or The Redev. Agency "IF" they are taking advantage of all of US, in an illegal way. The Brown Act rules provides clear cut (!) guidelines and if any of the folks involved are guilty of violations then they should be require to step down and or be sanctioned as the law spells out! There is money to be made for the successful Attorney, which should be an inspiration to them and a cost savings for the City Voters!

Until we can get at least ONE Attorney interested; we are just Blogging in the "Cyber Wind"...

Aug. 3, 2010

RE #1:

I expect that this sort of blog post will be cited in an election campaign, either for or against a half-cent sales tax increase in the City of San Diego.

As for attorneys, see California Evidence Code at Section 451: "Judicial notice shall be taken of the following: .... (f) Facts and propositions of generalized knowledge that are so universally known that they cannot reasonably be subject to dispute." Also see Section 452: "Judicial notice may be taken of the following matters to the extent that they are not embraced within Section 451: .... (g) Facts and propositions that are of such common knowledge within the territorial jurisdiction of the court that they cannot reasonably be the subject of dispute. (h) Facts and propositions that are not reasonably subject to dispute and are capable of immediate and accurate determination by resort to sources of reasonably indisputable accuracy."

This is why I write what I write in the Reader blogs, with links to source documents filed with government agencies as I find them, as a form of publication that I know is searched and cataloged by both Google and the Reader. This is why there are attorneys out there who do not leave comments but definitely make copies of these blogs, whether Reader bloggers are aware of that fact or not. I know this to be true because Sempra Energy attorneys for SDG&E pretty much showed me in deposition everything I had posted over years that related to the Encanto Gas Holder site, Proposition 65 private enforcement in the public interest, or comments on the guilty verdicts obtained in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. SDG&E (2007, retrial dismissed).

If any reader doubts whether Google gets this stuff, google "Downtown San Diego Partnership" then hit the "News" link.

Yeah, they don't make much noise, but they copy like sons of barristers.

Aug. 5, 2010

@ #2: Oh yes, you're so right about the copying. A lot of people are under the impression that writing something on the internet is as innocuous as shouting out your window, but thanks to search engines and other sites with more dubious reasons for existence, these writings are picked up all over the place.

Aug. 5, 2010

@ #1: Founder, here's a fun experiment if you ever wish to try it. Even in your blog here, if you would like, write a story (any story) and include the word "transexual" in the story a couple of times. Better yet, include the word in the title of the blog entry. Wait perhaps two days. Then, place the first sentence of your story into google and search the internet.

Prepare to be dazzled!

Aug. 5, 2010

RE #4:

Wow... you just got the gears grinding in my mind... I wonder what happens when I put in the same blog post the phrases [SEVERELY SELF-CENSORED]?

And Halliburton. Lots of Halliburton.

Aug. 5, 2010

@ #5: It's quite a neat thing to watch, and a great toy to play with when one finds time to do so. There are thousands of sites with lots of advertising and their only function seems to be getting listed in a search, so the sites seem to automatically camp on certain words and phrases and provide a link to the origin of the word or phrase.

And oh, yeah, Halliburton.

In the old days before they were caught, movie theaters would splice a few frames of a bucket of popcorn or a cup of soda into trailers (or even the film itself) in order to subliminally affect the audience to purchase such items. In modern times, you KNOW this is being accomplished in order to entice a click from someone looking for something in a search engine.

Aug. 5, 2010

And think of all the clerks and interns we'd be having gainfully employed (if we had the time ;-)

I know that there is somebody at the headquarters of the San Diego Community College District, somewhere deep in the bowels of the building formerly known as Stadium Plaza, whose job it is to seek out and find every media use of the noun phrase "San Diego Community College District" or SDCCD, then copy or cut out that article, editorial or other writing and paste it into a giant binder, so that the Board of Trustees members can see that they are having an impact or are otherwise being talked about in the media. I know this because it was the practice back in the late 1980s when I was in the habit of attending BOT meetings as City College's student body president.

Aug. 5, 2010

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