Downtown Dishonesty – Did This Really Just Happen?

Buck Turgidson Buck Turgidson 15 Comments


The Mayor’s downtown redevelopment scandal burst wide-open yesterday when he, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and downtown redevelopment leader Fred Maas held what the Voice of San Diego called a “mea culpa.”

They call the cigar smoke-filled backroom”process” they undertook “flawed,” and pledge to make everything better by holding meetings about a DONE DEAL to increase the spending cap for downtown redevelopment at the expense of the City’s General Fund, the County and the school district.

What happens if taxpayers show up at the meetings and say, “I don’t want the redevelopment cap lifted at the expense of my neighborhood.” What will they be told?

I predict something along the lines of “Sorry, we already made that decision and could care less what you think – but thanks for leaving work early to provide us with your comments!”

And of course, this has NOTHING to do with taxpayer-funded stadiums and attempts to increase sales taxes, does it?

My favorite part is the Mayor trying to figure out if the idea came from his office. From the Union-Tribune:

“Sanders also acknowledged for the first time that his office contacted Fletcher to begin the process to lift the cap. He had previously said Fletcher approached him.”

No comment needed, that speaks for itself.

For maybe just this once, I agree with Donna Frye’s perspective:

She told Voice of San Diego that she “doesn’t blame anyone who now doubt the trustworthiness of city leaders as they ask them to trust on Prop D”.

“It is the very root cause of what’s wrong with the city of San Diego,” Frye said. “Because we just can’t seem to follow a basic process and keep our word, and when we don’t do that the public suffers.”

You said it, Donna!

This scam on its own is worthy of a “pitch forks and torches” moment by City residents. I don’t even know what it elevates to when you consider they are asking for more sales tax money at the same time.


Comments 15

  1. Is he? Why, because you assume he is? The golden boy is losing his luster. A lack of transparency won’t go over well in a mayoral run.

  2. I give Councilmember Frye credit for always speaking the truth,even when the truth hurts. She supports Prop D for what to her are the right reasons. Another straight shooter, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, has also been outspoken in her distaste for how this deal went down. From the Union-Tribune: “It comes right down to trust,” Jacob said. “Actions speak louder than words. The trust was broken with this backdoor deal, the bill in Sacramento, and we’ll wait and see what happens.”

    And yet Mayor Sanders and the City Council are asking us to “trust” them to do the right thing, and hand over $500 million in additional tax revenue.

    The late President Reagan was right on this one: “Trust, but verified.” I can’t verify a thing. No on Proposition D.

  3. He had done a good job until this but I think his mayoral aspirations misguided him. He either hoped no one – except Spanos, Maas, et al. – would find out, or he was misled.

    Whatever the case may be, he’s stepped in the stink that is Jerry Sanders and that smell will linger as the mayoral race heats up.

    Will it be enough to doom him or can he overcome it? At this point I’m not sure. For sure though, he will have to be prepared with some Spine Zone 🙂 regarding this matter.


    According to State law, the normal process to lift CCDC’s cap would require that the Affordable Housing Set-Aside funds be changed from 20 percent to 30 percent of annual tax increment which totaled $119 million this year.

    Also starting in 2011, CCDC will have to pay the County and Schools 30.58 percent of the $119 million.

    So starting in 2011, CCDC should be paying a minimum of 60.58 percent of the $119 in annual tax increment to others right off the top.

  5. I think the biggest mistake is that both Jerry and Nathan have criticized these types of arrangements in the past. It’s a lack of honesty. I also don’t know if Nathan fully understood the results of his actions.

    He just took Billions of dollars from the County, City and School District and directed that money for projects in the downtown area. The only issue is how that money will be spent. Obviously, the unspoken truth is that the project was for a Chargers stadium. Why else would they now claim that they did this so LA lawmakers wouldn’t get wind of the deal. LA DOESN’T HAVE A FOOTBALL TEAM.

  6. Donna Frye is getting worked over by Sanders. In her heart she truly believes those reforms will happen.

  7. ” Golden Boy” ? How about “Golden Shower Boy” … as he has proven to the taxpayers of San Diego.

    He “golden showers” us with his “ends justify the means” parasitic behavior and crimes. Pitchfork justice ? good point! The END WOULD JUSTIFY THE MEANS… in this citizens opinion, rite Mr. Slimeball Sanders ?.
    Biggest problem …. the obvious, grotesque collusion with the DA, Unions, CCDC, on and on! Want facts ? We need to wait for the Grand Jury in 10 yrs. Until then, go get some Vaseline and grab your wallet and ankles.

  8. Collusion is an agreement between two or more persons, sometimes illegal and therefore secretive, to limit open competition by deceiving, misleading, or defrauding others of their legal rights, or to obtain an objective forbidden by law typically by defrauding or gaining an unfair advantage.[citation needed] It is an agreement among firms to divide the market, set prices, or limit production.[1] It can involve “wage fixing, kickbacks, or misrepresenting the independence of the relationship between the colluding parties”.[2] In legal terms, all acts effected by collusion are considered void.[3]

  9. Although we do appreciate readers and commenters coming to us from the Union-Trib, where this Rostra post was linked as a comment, unlike the UT we do ensure the comments here are high-brow. We don’t engage in name calling, believing that political debate and discourse can be had without having to resort to the personal. Caution, then. Regardless of what you may think of someone, name calling will not be tolerated.

  10. Holy cr*p!!! Anyone watching the city council meeting? They’re already trying to spend the CCDC money. Emerald just said something to the effect of “CCDC has an unlimited supply of money, it would nice to tap into it.”

  11. Okay, I watched 30 min and that’s all I could handle. Marti’s last comment was “the savings is only about 2 or 3 million dollars, which isn’t really a lot, but hey it’s something” Unbelievable!!! 2 or 3 million is not a lot? To who?

    NO ON D!!!!!

  12. Money that could have and should have been spent on services, schools, and other constituent needs will now be spent on subsidizing private entities like the Chargers.

    And then they add insult to injury by asking for more tax dollars to pay for those same services.

  13. What I don’t understand is why anyone would be shocked at anything Sanders does? Fletcher has shown his true colors before, no one called him on it. He calls himself a conservative Christian. Yet he voted against Prop 8. This tells me he is all about saying whatever is necessary to get votes rather than stand on principles.

    We do not need any more Jerry Sanders type elected officials in San Diego. California is in serious trouble. It will not end without principled elected officials. RINO’s and liberals have destroyed this State. I just hope people realize this before the entire golden state enters the point of no return if we are not already there.

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