March 21, 2016 @ 7:08 a.m.
An additional thought, if the downtown "Convadium" is built is the County Funding still involved? If we go downtown the county taxpayers and businesses are left holding the bag. No County money for the "Convadium"!!!!!
March 21, 2016 @ 6:21 a.m.
In many cities there is a respectable tourist and activities board or council that using TOT funding, assists in funding events and activities that both bring in tourists and benefit the residents/public. In San Diego this organization is too inbred supporting events such as the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls, the Golf Tourney, Comic-Con, ( In San Diego emphasis on the CON part as this article does). Have you seen the amount the CEOs of these non-profits pay themselves? (Multiple six figures).
Again while the TOT appears to not effect the general public, it does with the general raising of the costs of visiting our city. If we believe in the free market system, the additional hotel costs (TOT) would be spent on additional Zoo Tickets and Meals at non-hotel business throughout the city and county, etc.
In closure I think the "Fun" is being had by the Hotel Industry, Chargers and additional Non-Profits at all of our expense.
Feb. 23, 2016 @ 6:16 a.m.
About twenty years ago I lived in Argentina, during one of their few successful economic periods, they had a very interesting method of taking care of their infrastructure, social and financial issues. First they had a problem with their military retirement funding, so they taxed gasoline.... then they had a problem paying for their roads so they taxed alcohol (booze).... then consumer goods with a VAT for schools.... nothing had proper linkage or reason for what they did and where is Argentina now, back to the good old 1960s and 70s.
Chula Vista and similarly San Diego have never been able to prioritize, allocate funding and plan a successful maintenance or attrition based programs. The reasons we have government, cities and social structure, is to supplying common services to the citizens of the community.
Chula Vista in particular has the dual taxation areas of Mello Roos in the east where those homeowners pay for "Open" ie public facilities and the west siders "only" (sarcasm) pay "Regular" property taxes.
My suggestion is the city scale back on the greenfield development in the east, (MORE is not always better) until the early issues in the east are solved, Public Swimming Pools, indoor gym space, traffic. In the older western sections create "special project or assessment districts" to assess and fund the repairs to sewers, water systems and roads.
Chula Vista City Council lift your head up and look around at what you have and need, in order to move the rest of the city into the 21st century instead of resting your laurels on how great (Not Very!!!!) you are doing developing the Eastern part of our city.
Maybe it's time to divide the city in half, how"s the City of "Otay Lake" sound to you???
Feb. 10, 2016 @ 12:13 p.m.
Thanks, my son was one of the award winners, he has moved on and is attending Ball State University in Indiana completing a journalism degree. He's an excellent sports writer....
I would be the first to say I underestimated what our community college system does for our area and students. We should be proud of the systems but ever watchful of the management and boards.
Feb. 10, 2016 @ 6:13 a.m.
cvret, As a parent and community member, I ask you to please reconsider what you are saying about SWCC athletics, while it may seem to be spending a lot of money on athletics, the programs at all of the community colleges give student/athletes a chance after high school to compete and succeed.
My son who was a sports writer for the SWCC Sun newspaper wrote many stories about SWCC Athletes competing for two years at SWCC and then receiving opportunities to play D1, D2 and NAIA collegiate sports and receive their education. Also about the coaches and educators that motivated, built self-esteem and prepared young adults for successful lives.
Our community colleges are an integral part of our education system, especially now that our High Schools are not preparing our students with the practical "lifeskills" taught and learned by us "older americans".
All of us should be aware and active in the Education of our youth and Education system.
Oct. 15, 2015 @ 9:43 a.m.
Alex, I fully understand and was really being sarcastic about "we the People", especially here in this wonderful little corner of the world, San Diego.
While I agree with your analysis, I find it an incredibly sad and negative opinion. I am not a mover and shaker, I believe in community and charitable service and speaking my mind.
Again your response, while true, it is just so frustrating to watch the "Takers and Users" of our society (Rich, Powerful and politically connected) keep covering their own and each others Butts (A--ES).
Oct. 15, 2015 @ 5:46 a.m.
peter45 et. al. as I do not have a yacht, or even a rowboat, I do not have a clue what the moorage rate is. If Bob Nelson is getting a "Deal" or somehow got priority to access a slip in the "most expensive marina" ie. "most exclusive" than there might be a quid pro quo conflict of interest.
Also not knowing Commissioner Nelson or his public relations firm. I would bet the Yacht belongs to his "Company" and it's a major expense written off his taxes.
I have an issue with the Power Brokers and their access to the decision makers in our region. Too many decision makers giving funding, jobs and special consideration to each other. "Conflict of Interest"
What has happened to government "of the people, by the people and for the people"?
July 17, 2015 @ 9:11 a.m.
I am disgusted with the whole concept of a "Not-for Profit" publically supported Institution such as UCSD and the UC Health system committing this much funding to a pure advertising scheme.
I can think of numerous ways that $30 Million could be used to promote healthy living through investments in recreational facilities, programs and clinic availability throughout our communities.
I ask what's going to happen with the $188 Million that the Metropolitain Water District is receiving? How will that be returned to the public that already paid in? One hopes it's not big raises to the staff of the district as they pat themselves on the back!!!!
Perhaps it will be used to improve the water service in the city or for improvements to some of our public facilities, Balboa Park and Morley Field perhaps, both sitting on 30 year old "20 year plans" never started.
I will be working on "Shovel Ready" Projects for the next time these crazy schemes involving these kinds of $$$$ show up. BBQ
July 16, 2015 @ 10:14 a.m.
The rub of all this is Haggen got a good deal investing into our area due to the Vons/Albertson merger. They have missed the mark so far but any change takes awhile to be adopted.
The real tradgedy is to the workers who chose to stay with their stores and go with Haggen and to the communities the stores are located if they end up closing.
While the government's "Protecting" the consumer/us from a Vons/Albertsons monopoly or control of Southern California Supermarkets, the unintended outcome will be fewer jobs and less food outlets in the region.
April 27, 2015 @ 7:10 p.m.
HOLEY BALOGNEY.... Grape St park has been a defacto dog park since before 1988, Judy the Beauty from The Big Kitchen and I used to "run" our dogs there from 1987 -1992. It was of no real consequence other than the lack of cleanliness from the lack of clean-up by dog owners. I believe that in general clean-up has been adopted by most dog owners over the years....(I usually picked up more than Libby and Dempsey's share)
Again it is who was here first? Dog Park or Condo Owners, open space is open space and we all pay for it through taxes, etc. NIMBY in action after the fact.
The draconian efforts by the police and county animal enforcement was just as described draconian.
Remember dogs are people too or is that dog people pay taxes too...
If all the police have to do is over enforce dog laws we must truly live in "America's finest city"
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