June 5, 2017 @ 10:46 a.m.
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."
May 1, 2017 @ 3:36 p.m.
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.
March 23, 2017 @ 2:32 p.m.
There is not a proposed Tax Increase. Only a proposed Tax Diversion from out of state Online Travel Agencies (OTA) to the City's General Fund. The cost and TOT Tax paid by Visitors stay the same.
San Diego's TOT Rate is 10.5%, not 16.5%.
Feb. 25, 2017 @ 1:29 p.m.
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.
Dec. 22, 2016 @ 9:50 p.m.
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
Dec. 14, 2016 @ 9:18 p.m.
The neighbors in Encanto were angry because Civic San Diego staff put a gag order during the design competition phase. The opposition did not like Civic San Diego's handling of the Bidding process that did not allow others to spread the news of their projects and gain community support. The alternative proposals teams felt they were suckered by Civic San Diego staff, when agreeing to keep quiet. Then loss after decision were already made by Civic San Diego staff, with no discussion.
Nov. 23, 2016 @ 6:20 p.m.
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."
Aug. 31, 2016 @ 7:01 p.m.
The City of San Diego Real Estate and Assets Department (READ) finally created a Request For Proposal (RFP) after a decade of complaints regarding lack of public facilities on site. With office space, a cafe, and porta-potties for the tourists.
It does look like the parking lot is filled in by UCSD students and nearby businesses, as the car density at the entrance is filled, compared to the front row parking spots.
July 23, 2016 @ 2:27 p.m.
Many successful local developers in San Diego live within gated communities, and within the City of San Diego in the Agricultural-Residential AR Zones. These same developers that have protections for their private McMasions estates through Agricultural Zoning, try to upzone and densify regular other San Diego Residential (R) neighborhoods to create wealth, away from where they live.
In order to allow for low density residential subdivisions, with rural characters, and active recreation like golf; our Municipal Code includes Agricultural-Residential (AR) Zones. Including Zone AR-1-1 for minimum 10 acre lots, and Zone AR-1-2 for minimum 1 acre lots. Low density neighborhoods keep their value, as they limit development and require open space. See the AR-zoned green areas including Fairbanks Ranch, The Grande Del Mar at Del Mar Mesa, and Black Mountain Ranch.
http://www.sandiego.gov/development-services/zoning/pdf/maps/grid35.pdf http://www.sandiego.gov/development-services/zoning/pdf/maps/grid39.pdf http://www.sandiego.gov/development-services/zoning/pdf/maps/grid40.pdf
July 20, 2016 @ 6:39 a.m.
The City of San Diego Public Notices of from Real Estate Asset Department (READ) for Surplus Lands to other local agencies 1 to 3 years are inadequate and unofficial Declarations of Surplus Real Property.
READ listing Surplus property for sale online is not an Official Public Notice.
Yesterday the County Board of Supervisors approved Item 6 HIV/AIDS Getting to Zero Implementation Plan and Item 11 Declaration and Donation of 247 Acres of County owned land in Campo as part of the Historic Camp Lockett.
Where there is a will, there is a way. The solution is Political which is to take out the decision making from City staff and the City Council, and get County Supervisors to request the excess City Surplus properties. The County can then follow the same Declaration and Donation process used in Campo for the Truax House.
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