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The Budget/Finance & Administration Committee of Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC) yesterday (July 9) recommended that Little Italy Association get a $240,000 contract to enhance parking in the neighborhood. Among other things, the association will be responsible for enhancing on-street parking, opening additional lots, implementing a valet program, and installing bike racks. Two principals will be assigned to the contract. Marco Li Mandri, who has a private company, New City America, and is administrator of the Little Italy Association, will be the primary contact. The other will be Steven Galasso, president of the Little Italy Association. The committee recommends that CCDC approve the contract.

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SurfPuppy619 July 10, 2010 @ 1:23 p.m.

What a sham!

Please, what can the "Little Italy Association" even DO to "enhance parking" ?? Nothing. If they wanted to "enhance parking" they should have took that $240K ans BOUGHT something with it-like a vacant lot to "enhance parking"

"implementing a valet program"!!! ...and what will that do???... make an upsclae restaurant a little more profitable for their bottom line and upscale clientle????? .....from 8-10PM on Friday and Saturday nights???

I swear-where do these knuckleheads come up with this nonsense??? Oh, I forgot, it comes down to one fact;

1) Gov uses other peoples money-so they don't have any incentive to do anything right.

Another day in the sewer system known as San Diego government.

This really makes me angry. This is nothing more than greasing an insiders hand-the connected FEW - while the MASSES pay for it......

Why not bring Carolyn Smith back and pay that $240K to her as a salary-you will get the exact same result/benefit. Nothing.


Don Bauder July 10, 2010 @ 2:14 p.m.

Response to post #1: A lot of people believe that the business improvement districts are efficacious. On the other hand, a lot of observers think they are breeding grounds for muck. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 10, 2010 @ 2:15 p.m.

Response to post #2: It's so. Best, Don Bauder


Founder July 10, 2010 @ 6:59 p.m.

   Say what you want about "Little Italy"; it is the best run MAD in San Diego and BTW I don't see any comments about the City of San Diego's Park & Rec. Dept. sucking up about 30% of the funds of all the MAD's they administer!

 Little Italy is clean, Safe, has NO Clubs or late night noise; what is that worth to it's residents.  IMO, Marco Li Mandri has been and is doing a stellar job making Little Italy the BEST managed part of San Diego!

 It's easy to throw stones!

 I challenge any & all Reader's to point to a better managed part of SD!  Just take a look around and compare what your Neighborhood is getting ($ for $) to what the Lucky folks in Little Italy are getting and I bet you too will say, "Thatsa Nice"!



nan shartel July 10, 2010 @ 7 p.m.

so Don...i need to ask u now...is this a good thing???

or a bad thing???

is this group a real improve the downtown area for the public...or a money laundering agency for special interest groups

i mean this question seriously Don...u r now my menter for CITY POLITICS 101

and who's supplying the money???


nan shartel July 10, 2010 @ 7:10 p.m.

hey founder

just checked out Ray St Art and noticed this for peep who'd like an Art Night Out



nan shartel July 10, 2010 @ 7:13 p.m.

who funded and continues to fund ur art street Founder???


SurfPuppy619 July 10, 2010 @ 10:27 p.m.

I challenge any & all Reader's to point to a better managed part of SD!

Get serious.

Glasso is a clown, as is his partner James V. Barone-who was sued for fraud -and lost- by his former employer, Sperry Van Ness Investment Real Etsate. They are both trough feeders and fraudstirs.

Don has posted more dirt on Marco Li Mandri than a garbage dump has.


Don Bauder July 10, 2010 @ 11:39 p.m.

Response to post #5: There are other people who share your opinion. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 11, 2010 @ 8:22 a.m.

Response to post #6: Supposedly, the money is coming from parking meter receipts. Will this expenditure of those funds -- rather than some other use -- be good for San Diego? I guess we will have to see. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 11, 2010 @ 8:25 a.m.

Response to posts #7 & 8: To the best of my recollection, this is the first I have heard of the Ray St. event. Best, Don Bader


Don Bauder July 11, 2010 @ 8:28 a.m.

Response to post #9: Li Mandri has a private company and also essentially runs the Little Italy Association. Contracts go from LIA to his private company. Eyebrows get raised. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 July 11, 2010 @ 12:36 p.m.

Marco Li Mandri has his whole freaking family on the payroll of New City America;


Their office is right next door to Barone/Galasso. That makes one go Hhhmmmmmmm.


Don Bauder July 11, 2010 @ 4:44 p.m.

Response to post #14: Apparently there have been up to six Li Mandri relatives, including in-laws, receiving Economic Development Division dollars. Best, Don Bauder


Founder July 12, 2010 @ 9:05 a.m.

There is a much bigger question:

Is Little Italy getting the most bang for it's Parking buck?

North Park has a 370+ car parking structure paid for by the NP-PAC (it's Project Area Comm.) and when it was initially suggested to be built, many if not most, scoffed at the idea! Even now, it is still under utilized because the NP Business District will not allow the parking meters that will make using the garage better for North Park, than Blighting their nearby Residential Neighborhood with their patron's parking...

Despite the "Planners myth" that in the future, almost all folks will use mass transit; the truth is that almost everyone (not just the well off) value their time, personal space and safety! Parking is and will continue to be THE one thing, besides Location, that will "make or break" a Neighborhood and it's associated Business District! The one thing that Little Italy does now lack is a parking structure for all it's visitors; (image how the mall owners in Mission Valley would love to lure those shoppers to it's stores)!

BTW: The City of San Diego can easily absorb 30% "operating costs" to do an average job of managing each of it's projects! So why should the folks in Little Italy be concerned if the LTA (a local family made good) gets to manage their District at probably a lower cost AND DO A WORLD CLASS JOB OF IT! Keeping all this money "in the family" is just good business sense and there is no red tape or "passing the buck (no pun intended) either. Marco knows he can depend on all his employes AND SO DO the folks that live in LITTLE ITALY!

Again, cruise Little Italy and then see if you can find a better managed part of San Diego -> then ask your District's management why they cannot do as well!



Don Bauder July 12, 2010 @ 11:06 a.m.

Response to post #16: There is no question that Little Italy needs parking. I can personally attest to that. The question is whether Little Italy achieves that parking in an efficient and equitable way. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment July 12, 2010 @ 11:21 a.m.

First you destroy it, then you get paid to replace it? Straight from the mouth of Li Mandri:

"The transition of parking lots into high density housing is very positive," Li Mandri said.



a2zresource July 12, 2010 @ 11:40 a.m.

Wasn't another San Diego parking district matter in the news recently, one where oodles of dollars were spent per parking spot over a period of many years? I thought that the press was on to end that City-district contract...


HonestGovernment July 12, 2010 @ 12:43 p.m.

The most important thing about getting a contract is that it empowers you. Because then you can give out subcontracts. Just as you cultivate relationships with those who hand you contracts, there will be the schmoozers and palm-greasers waiting in line to get the contracts you can hand out. And contracts always require paid administrators. It's the giving of power that keeps the insiders on what they see as their little Moebius strip - San Diego.

More on the destroy-then-get-paid-to-replace business model:

From the CCDC’s Downtown Parking Management Group meeting, May 6, 2010 (Li Mandri is a member of this group, but was busy and couldn't attend this day): Little Italy Association’s Chris Gomez submitted a request to change four parking spaces in front of Nelson Photo (1901 India) from 2-hour to 30-minute parking. Also requested to change two free parking spaces at 2021 India (in front of Ivan’s Electric Bike Company) to 30-minute metered parking.

The request was approved.

The theory is that this kind of imposed difficulty and expense makes people give up their cars in favor of bikes or public transportation (yeah, where is that convenient bus and trolley stop, by the way?). The reality is that the difficulty, frustration, and expense make many people go to photo stores and bike shops elsewhere, where they can park for free as long as they need.


Don Bauder July 12, 2010 @ 9:39 p.m.

Response to post #18: And do those high-density residential structures have high occupancy rates? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 12, 2010 @ 9:41 p.m.

Response to post #19: There was a lot of controversy about a very smelly parking deal in the ballpark district. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 12, 2010 @ 9:43 p.m.

Response to post #20: And think about Big Oil's profits from everybody driving around trying to find a parking place. Best, Don Bauder


Founder July 13, 2010 @ 9:27 a.m.


And don't forget also all those high priced parking tickets, and outrageous towing fees which are going to help fund our City!

Our city is in the RED and cannot afford to provide parking, yet everywhere you look our curbs are painted red in ultra long stripes making it even harder to find a place to park. Even our scenic areas are filled with red curbs, so our residents (and tourists) can look but not park and enjoy...


Don Bauder July 13, 2010 @ 12:29 p.m.

Response to post #24: The lack of parking and other infrastructural shortfalls will be the City's undoing some day. Best, Don Bauder


SanDiegoParrothead July 13, 2010 @ 12:34 p.m.

Marco Li Mandri has his whole freaking family on the payroll of New City America

So Founder, which member are you?


Don Bauder July 13, 2010 @ 9:48 p.m.

Response to poset #26: Sounds like he is the black sheep of the family. Best, Don Bauder


Founder July 14, 2010 @ 8:47 a.m.


I'm not related to anyone in Mr. Li Mandri's family! I did meet him many years ago for a coffee and talked to him about making North Park's LLMD (now called the NP-MAD) self directed in order to save about 30% of the total fees collected, which is the case when the City does an average job managing a District!

but I must admit that

I can and do "relate" to a clean, well maintained District.

I don't see you or anyone else posting the name of a better run District or what you and your Neighbors are paying for "LESS" service and why you are putting up with that!...


MURPHYJUNK July 14, 2010 @ 2:39 p.m.

on the point of having "connections'

did any of the establishments in little italy ever get scammed by the Pinnock ada scammer?

seems to me the area would be rife with ada violations


SurfPuppy619 July 14, 2010 @ 6:40 p.m.

I'm not related to anyone in Mr. Li Mandri's family!

What about Barone or Galasso???????


SurfPuppy619 July 14, 2010 @ 6:41 p.m.

Pinnock ada scammer?

I cannot believe that guy has not been disciplined by the Bar.


Don Bauder July 14, 2010 @ 7:31 p.m.

Response to post #28: In Chicago, the Richard J. Daley machine kept the elevated trains running. But there were some ethical problems that went unaddressed in the process. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 14, 2010 @ 7:33 p.m.

Response to post #29: I don't know if Pinnock has worked that area. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 14, 2010 @ 7:34 p.m.

Response to post #30: How about it? Are they your relatives? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 14, 2010 @ 7:36 p.m.

Response to post #31: As I recall, the bar has looked at his activities. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 July 15, 2010 @ 12:32 a.m.

As I recall, the bar has looked at his activities

Yes they have looked at him and they took no action.

I think he lucked out, others doing similar scams were disabrred, (Like the Trevor Law Firm, but instead of ADA they were using B&P code 17200).


MURPHYJUNK July 15, 2010 @ 8:20 a.m.

Response to post #35

too bad he did not get looked at by an angry victim .

maybe thats why he was choosey who he screwed over, I think if he messed with any of the businesses in little italy, he would have more problems than slurred speech.


Don Bauder July 15, 2010 @ 1:13 p.m.

Response to pot #36: Maybe the bar felt sorry for him. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 15, 2010 @ 1:15 p.m.

Response to post #37: I have no idea if he went after businesses in Little Italy. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 July 16, 2010 @ 10:40 a.m.

It's the 75th anniversary of the meter. It was invented in Oklahoma.

Whomever invented the parking meter needs be taken out and punnished-severly!


Don Bauder July 16, 2010 @ 12:23 p.m.

Response to post #40: Parking meters are only 75? I'm 74 and I can't remember any time that they weren't seemingly ubiquitous. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 16, 2010 @ 12:25 p.m.

Response to post #41: If that person invented parking meters 75 years ago, it's probably too late to beat the tar out of him/her. Best, Don Bauder


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