Friday, July 6, 2007 | On Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m., Aaron Feldman, president of Sunroad Enterprises, met with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. The city had recently issued a stop-work order on Feldman’s now-infamous Centrum 12 tower.
Less than 48 hours after that meeting, the head of the city’s Development Services Department gave Sunroad permission to continue working on the site.
Two months later, on Feb. 26, Feldman paid the mayor another visit. Sunroad was in the midst of a public relations brouhaha over its tower, and Feldman was scrambling for a solution that didn’t involve cutting 20 feet off his latest building.
Four days after that meeting, Sanders personally asked the chairman of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Alan Bersin, for help in solving the Sunroad problem. Bersin sent over one of his top officials, who worked with Sunroad consultants to draw up a proposal for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Twice Feldman approached the mayor. Twice the city helped Sunroad.