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The 2007/2008 San Diego County Grand Jury today (June 2) recommended to Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC) that it stop claiming that it funds redevelopment projects. It should state that it is an agent for the City Redevelopment Agency. City council is the legislative body for the agency. The grand jury cited several examples of CCDC claiming it had shelled out funds of its own for projects. In a 2007 brochure CCDC said it funded five projects. It should have said it "brokered" the projects, says the grand jury. In another instance CCDC said it "purchased" a site when in fact it belonged to the redevelopment agency.

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Response to post #3: Yes, some time ago the Reader covered the ability of the head of CCDC to approve contracts up to $250,000. Mel Shapiro had alerted me to the story. The previous grand jury report on fire protection is one that I haven't seen. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2008

Centre (love the spelling) City strikes me as a convoluted shell game.

Oh wait; it's not so convoluted. It's shelling straight out.

My mistake.

Dump it.

June 3, 2008

Response to posst #7: Redevelopment is set up to line developers' pockets. That's why CCDC is staffed with people from the development industry. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2008

It's long past time to shut down CCDC.

June 3, 2008

Response to post #1: Yes, I believe CCDC's usefulness is in the past. Best, Don Bauder

June 2, 2008

Response to post #5: Agreed. It is simply an extension of the real estate development industry, rather like the City's development services department. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2008

Close the whole operation down.

We don't need it in 2008.

June 2, 2008

I can't agree more. The UT article said that the president of the CCDC can award contracts of up to $250K with no bids and no approval process. I have to wonder why Aguirre is spending so much time on the few million he can get back from the pension system when there's $217 million on the table at CCDC. The redevelopment agencies are one good example of why I say the city isn't broke.

Incidentally, Don, I'd love to see your analysis of the previous grand jury report -- the one on fire protection in SD.

June 3, 2008

Well-connected insider Peter Q. Davis is shilling for the CCDC here:

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/articles/2008/06/09/opinion/davis060908.txt

Please join in commenting on his commentary. We can see the establishment in action here, defending its turf from interlopers.

He wants his CCDC goose to keep laying golden eggs.

Especially since the omelets made from these expensive eggs are consumed by only a very privilaged few...including himself.

June 9, 2008

PQD just did an Op-Ed piece in the VoSD this morning/last night, and as usually they did not publish my comment.

Those clowns are getting as bad as the UT!

Of course I am not the only one getting censored.

http://voiceofsandiego.com/articles/2008/06/09/opinion/davis060908.txt

June 9, 2008

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