Mayor Bob Filner’s recently departed deputy chief of staff, Allen Jones, said Friday the mayor knew full well about a negotiation with a developer that many are calling extortion — and that he stands by it.

Jones’ comments came hours after Filner announced he had returned a $100,000 donation to the city from the developer Sunroad. The mayor said he made the decision after he discovered a memo between a Sunroad representative and Jones that explicitly laid out a quid pro quo between the city and the developer.

Jones confirmed that he signed the memo.

“I signed it and stand by it,” Jones said.


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He also said that the mayor, a notorious micromanager, was fully aware of it.

“Every decision in the office is made by the mayor. No authority is delegated. He’s aware of and makes all decisions,” Jones said.

Jones went on to explain why he doesn’t think it’s a scandal and he explained in depth both how the deal originated and why he decided to resign, describing a toxic work environment he couldn’t stand to be “complicit” in. Filner also acknowledged he was reflecting on his tone and approach after Jones’ resignation.

Jones said that Sunroad’s Tom Story approached him months ago to say the residential development on which construction had already begun, Centrum 23, was in trouble. Sunroad had built and given to the city a park between two of the buildings it was erecting. But it had only allowed six feet on both sides of the park.

Fire safety laws require 15-foot easements to allow for equipment to pass through in an emergency. It’s unclear who discovered the problem but it was Sunroad that approached the mayor’s office, Jones said.

“Neither I nor the mayor had any involvement in this until Tom [Story] came in and said, ‘We have a problem,” Jones said.

Sunroad wanted the city to agree to a so-called non-building easement on both sides of its new park. This would mean the city would give up property rights on the park, meaning it couldn’t build things like jungle gyms or bathrooms or anything else.

If the city did not give Sunroad the easement, Sunroad would have had to build the project with fire windows that couldn’t open. And that would have cost Sunroad $200,000, Jones said.

“If I came to you and said, ‘I want to constrain your land so I can make more money,’ how would you act?” Jones said in an interview Friday. He said he determined that Sunroad should have to compensate the city $100,000.

He presented the opinion to the mayor, he said, who agreed. Jones said he recommended the money be directed to savings for projects and needs in the same neighborhood as the development. It was the mayor who recommended the money go to two other projects: a special bike day the city is hosting and the Ocean Beach Veteran’s Plaza project.

Jones, a former developer, said he would have demanded even more if he were still in the private sector.

“People are always saying government should be run more like a business. This is exactly what a business would do if it were asked to give away something of value,” Jones said.

If this is all accurate, it helps explain some of the bizarre and vague acknowledgements of the deal by Filner, who seems to simultaneously want to take credit for dealing sternly with developers but also wash his hands of an increasingly controversial deal.

He described the deal’s origins differently.

“I looked at this and said, ‘You’re giving away public property free to these guys, who as you know had some problems with the city in the past. How are we as a city doing that?’ To try to bring that up as an issue, I vetoed that,” Filner said Friday.

Filner said he wanted to throw a wrench in the deal. He said that Sunroad wanted him to get rid of the wrench and offered donations.

Sunroad made out checks totaling $100,000 to the city of San Diego.

Then Filner said the memo from Sunroad to Jones came to his attention. Filner said he’d never seen it and that it was “contrary to my own orders to him.”

“They saw these checks as payment for the easement. I didn’t know this existed. It came to light with a [public records] request,” Filner said. “I did not have any notion that that is what they were doing. I was told they were just interested in making it easier and I said if you make the donations, that would be great. Because I couldn’t stop it at the Council.”

Jones said he was disappointed with this take. He said he’d kept as quiet as possible since he quit last week. He reiterated that the mayor was involved in every decision Jones made.

 

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    73 comments
    David Crossley
    David Crossley

    This keeps getting better and better. Filner could fit right in for Mayor DePasto in the movie 'Animal House". I can see him now, with the perpetual grin on his face--Filner repeating the same line Mayor DePasto did in the movie, "If you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken".

    David Crossley
    David Crossley subscriber

    This keeps getting better and better. Filner could fit right in for Mayor DePasto in the movie 'Animal House". I can see him now, with the perpetual grin on his face--Filner repeating the same line Mayor DePasto did in the movie, "If you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken".

    Jim Jones
    Jim Jones

    This is typical Filner, the guy who put his wife on his payroll as a "consultant" (he was her only customer) to pay her with campaign funds that would be illegal to pocket himself. a guy who has made multiple trips to Paris on money with reported terrorist ties. Filners supports, some of them looking to get some largess from the city, will try to paint this latest extortion as acceptable, excusing it because it's been done before, or that it profited the city, but there is no excuse for this sort of thing, it stinks at all levels, and if Filner is going to be the same sort of mayor as the worst of our last mayors, plus an ill tempered lout to boot, there is no excuse. But we all knew what we were getting with Filner, he's the same clown blanc he has always been.

    Jim Jones
    Jim Jones subscriber

    This is typical Filner, the guy who put his wife on his payroll as a "consultant" (he was her only customer) to pay her with campaign funds that would be illegal to pocket himself. a guy who has made multiple trips to Paris on money with reported terrorist ties. Filners supports, some of them looking to get some largess from the city, will try to paint this latest extortion as acceptable, excusing it because it's been done before, or that it profited the city, but there is no excuse for this sort of thing, it stinks at all levels, and if Filner is going to be the same sort of mayor as the worst of our last mayors, plus an ill tempered lout to boot, there is no excuse. But we all knew what we were getting with Filner, he's the same clown blanc he has always been.

    Fritz Liebhardt
    Fritz Liebhardt

    Guys like Allen Jones are exactly what is wrong with San Diego city government. He thinks bribes and extortion represent good solutions to development or planning problems. What would happen if a competitor to Sunroad offered the City $150,000 to not give approval for the easement? Last time I checked my ethics book it said government is not suppose to work based on who has the larger wallet. When our mayor picks a guy like Jones to be his right hand man he endorses the concept that City Hall is for sale...but wait, didn't Filner object to Mr Jacobs offer to fund the Heart of the Park Plan for Balboa Park? At least they should be consistent in their extortion schemes.

    Felix Tinkov
    Felix Tinkov

    La Playa, Do you have a source for saying that Tom Story suggested the payment? I don't recall seeing that, but if you have internal resources that would put a different light on the subject it would certainly be helpful to know.

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/28/filner-news-conference-in-three-videos/ Watch the video of the hour plus news conference. The $100,000 donation idea came from Tom Story of Sunroad after the Mayoral veto. But before the City Council's veto override. The $100,000 donation had no effect on the City Council's unanimous vote. The Mayor does has no vote. During Sanders' administration, to make the Mayor and City acouncil happy, Sunroad donated $1 million for a city fire helicopter. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/18/a-different-sunroad-story-at-city-hall/all/ Filner unedited: Today's news conference - http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/28/filner-news-conference-in-three-videos/Mayor Bob Filner addressed questions on a wide range of subjects Friday.A different Sunroad story at City Hall - http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/18/a-different-sunroad-story-at-city-hall/all/Three years ago, Sunroad Enterprises was suing the city for $40 million. Now the company at the heart of a dark chapter in Mayor Jerry Sanders' tenure has been honored by the City Council, which on Tuesday belatedly approved Aug. 11 as "Sunroad Enter...

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    Not at all. In order to not punish Sunroad for the purposeful mistakes by City Attorney Goldsmith, Council President Todd Gloria and Lori Zapf; the former City Development Services ( DSD) Director Tom Story of Sunroad came up with the idea to Donate $100,000 to Park and Rec projects to get on the Mayor's good side for an already done deal from April 2013. That way the City gets at least something for the two already approved 9 foot public park easements on the North and South property lines. The fault is with everyone.

    Fritz Liebhardt
    Fritz Liebhardt subscriber

    Guys like Allen Jones are exactly what is wrong with San Diego city government. He thinks bribes and extortion represent good solutions to development or planning problems. What would happen if a competitor to Sunroad offered the City $150,000 to not give approval for the easement? Last time I checked my ethics book it said government is not suppose to work based on who has the larger wallet. When our mayor picks a guy like Jones to be his right hand man he endorses the concept that City Hall is for sale...but wait, didn't Filner object to Mr Jacobs offer to fund the Heart of the Park Plan for Balboa Park? At least they should be consistent in their extortion schemes.

    Felix Tinkov
    Felix Tinkov subscribermember

    La Playa, Do you have a source for saying that Tom Story suggested the payment? I don't recall seeing that, but if you have internal resources that would put a different light on the subject it would certainly be helpful to know.

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/28/filner-news-conference-in-three-videos/ Watch the video of the hour plus news conference. The $100,000 donation idea came from Tom Story of Sunroad after the Mayoral veto. But before the City Council's veto override. The $100,000 donation had no effect on the City Council's unanimous vote. The Mayor does has no vote. During Sanders' administration, to make the Mayor and City acouncil happy, Sunroad donated $1 million for a city fire helicopter. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/18/a-different-sunroad-story-at-city-hall/all/ Filner unedited: Today's news conference - http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/28/filner-news-conference-in-three-videos/Mayor Bob Filner addressed questions on a wide range of subjects Friday.A different Sunroad story at City Hall - http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/18/a-different-sunroad-story-at-city-hall/all/Three years ago, Sunroad Enterprises was suing the city for $40 million. Now the company at the heart of a dark chapter in Mayor Jerry Sanders' tenure has been honored by the City Council, which on Tuesday belatedly approved Aug. 11 as "Sunroad Enter...

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    Not at all. In order to not punish Sunroad for the purposeful mistakes by City Attorney Goldsmith, Council President Todd Gloria and Lori Zapf; the former City Development Services ( DSD) Director Tom Story of Sunroad came up with the idea to Donate $100,000 to Park and Rec projects to get on the Mayor's good side for an already done deal from April 2013. That way the City gets at least something for the two already approved 9 foot public park easements on the North and South property lines. The fault is with everyone.

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/cvk5ms552eoqgo2mftrqnp55/522720063020130903222.PDF April 30, 2013. Item 331. Deputy City Attorney Shannon Thomas is documented as the Originating Department for the two free 9 foot easements to Sunroad and gave the non-legal exemption from CEQA and the California Building Code (CBC) For the Project change. Suspicious. Note all other agendas shows when the City sells or buys public land and Easements, the land contracts are brought forward by our Real Estate Asset Department (READ) under Mayor Filner and Mr. Jones, Not the City Attorney. How about a VOSD Fact Check on authority? http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/cvk5ms552eoqgo2mftrqnp55/53976706302013093144960.PDF. Only after the two 9 foot public park easement giveaways were vetoed, on June 11, 2013 as Item 332, in oder to override the Mayoral Veto, and cover the original City Attorney and City Council giveaway of public park land, the Deputy City Attorney Thomas brought up issues of compensation from Sunroad for the unauthorized gifts. http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/cvk5ms552eoqgo2mftrqnp55/53977006302013093537302.PDF

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/cvk5ms552eoqgo2mftrqnp55/522720063020130903222.PDF April 30, 2013. Item 331. Deputy City Attorney Shannon Thomas is documented as the Originating Department for the two free 9 foot easements to Sunroad and gave the non-legal exemption from CEQA and the California Building Code (CBC) For the Project change. Suspicious. Note all other agendas shows when the City sells or buys public land and Easements, the land contracts are brought forward by our Real Estate Asset Department (READ) under Mayor Filner and Mr. Jones, Not the City Attorney. How about a VOSD Fact Check on authority? http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/cvk5ms552eoqgo2mftrqnp55/53976706302013093144960.PDF. Only after the two 9 foot public park easement giveaways were vetoed, on June 11, 2013 as Item 332, in oder to override the Mayoral Veto, and cover the original City Attorney and City Council giveaway of public park land, the Deputy City Attorney Thomas brought up issues of compensation from Sunroad for the unauthorized gifts. http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/cvk5ms552eoqgo2mftrqnp55/53977006302013093537302.PDF

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    Most new public parks are required to have visual sight lines from the public road so Police driving by can see the park without wasting time by exiting their cars. In order to create the illusion of a semi-private park, after much negotiations, Sunroad received special permission to build the public park in the middle of the new condos and office space. The California Building Code (CBC) requires a 15 foot setback for non-street access to public parks. See photos and drawings of the proposed park situated in the middle of the block. http://docs.sandiego.gov/councilcomm_agendas_attach/2013/LUH_130327_6ppt.pdf On March 27, 2013 Chair Zapf of the City Council's Land Use & Housing (LU&H) waived Council Policy 700-06 encroachments on City property. There was no discussion on costs or compensation. Tom Story of Sunroad wrote the Staff report for DSD without consulting Park & Rec or the City's Real Estate Asset Department (READ). http://docs.sandiego.gov/councilcomm_agendas_attach/2013/LUH_130327_6.pdf

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    Most new public parks are required to have visual sight lines from the public road so Police driving by can see the park without wasting time by exiting their cars. In order to create the illusion of a semi-private park, after much negotiations, Sunroad received special permission to build the public park in the middle of the new condos and office space. The California Building Code (CBC) requires a 15 foot setback for non-street access to public parks. See photos and drawings of the proposed park situated in the middle of the block. http://docs.sandiego.gov/councilcomm_agendas_attach/2013/LUH_130327_6ppt.pdf On March 27, 2013 Chair Zapf of the City Council's Land Use & Housing (LU&H) waived Council Policy 700-06 encroachments on City property. There was no discussion on costs or compensation. Tom Story of Sunroad wrote the Staff report for DSD without consulting Park & Rec or the City's Real Estate Asset Department (READ). http://docs.sandiego.gov/councilcomm_agendas_attach/2013/LUH_130327_6.pdf

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    The Strong Mayor sets the Policy direction of the City of San Diego. Mr. Jones and mayor Filner are correct to want compensation for the public's 9 foot easement. The City Council with the political help of City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and the former Development Service Department (DSD) voted twice to gift the private Sunroad Corporation a 9 foot easement instead of selling the public land for fair market value. Where is the Outrage? In an abundance of caution, even through the City Attorney stated the money could legally be placed in the General Fund, Mayor Filner instead returned the $100,000 check to Sunroad. http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/vtmz05yw2vlxl42nhbxaxy45/53977006282013090016236.PDF If the City Council and City Attorney wants closure on the Sunroad issue, the item should be brought back before the City Council, in according with guidelines and recommendations made City Attorney Jan Goldsmith in his Legal Memorandum on the matter of sales of public land to Sunroad. Note the Legal Memorandum did not include the ability to GIFT public lands pushed through by Lori Zafp and the City Attorney.

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    The Strong Mayor sets the Policy direction of the City of San Diego. Mr. Jones and mayor Filner are correct to want compensation for the public's 9 foot easement. The City Council with the political help of City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and the former Development Service Department (DSD) voted twice to gift the private Sunroad Corporation a 9 foot easement instead of selling the public land for fair market value. Where is the Outrage? In an abundance of caution, even through the City Attorney stated the money could legally be placed in the General Fund, Mayor Filner instead returned the $100,000 check to Sunroad. http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/cache/2/vtmz05yw2vlxl42nhbxaxy45/53977006282013090016236.PDF If the City Council and City Attorney wants closure on the Sunroad issue, the item should be brought back before the City Council, in according with guidelines and recommendations made City Attorney Jan Goldsmith in his Legal Memorandum on the matter of sales of public land to Sunroad. Note the Legal Memorandum did not include the ability to GIFT public lands pushed through by Lori Zafp and the City Attorney.

    Randy Dotinga
    Randy Dotinga

    "The project is a mixed-use development at Kearny Villa Road and Lightwave Avenue in Kearny Mesa," the U-T reports. Look it up on a map. That's right next to Highway 163, near the Butcher Shop restaurant and the big Bridgepoint building. It's a commercial area. So who's the park for? Local office workers, maybe? If so, why would it even need a playground or restroom? If it's more of a bit of open space in a commercial area than a regular park, do these few feet really matter to the city?

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    Sunroad's Centrum also includes dense condominium development which requires a public park.

    Randy Dotinga
    Randy Dotinga memberauthor

    "The project is a mixed-use development at Kearny Villa Road and Lightwave Avenue in Kearny Mesa," the U-T reports. Look it up on a map. That's right next to Highway 163, near the Butcher Shop restaurant and the big Bridgepoint building. It's a commercial area. So who's the park for? Local office workers, maybe? If so, why would it even need a playground or restroom? If it's more of a bit of open space in a commercial area than a regular park, do these few feet really matter to the city?

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    Sunroad's Centrum also includes dense condominium development which requires a public park.

    Bit-watcher
    Bit-watcher subscriber

    Marvelous bit of mind-reading. Not so, Charlie. Make that straw man, and win your argument with it.

    shawn fox
    shawn fox

    Was the city going to somehow lose money because of the easement? What exactly were they going to do with that 9 feet? They weren't going to profit from it. If it is a public safety issue, then they shouldn't have granted it at all. Regardless, there would be no good reason to justify a bribe as this city aide is trying to do. Some of the people that are always whining about the evil developers probably had a few sips of an ice coffee from starbucks today. Dang developers! They don't do nuthin for the people! No benefit whatsoever; they just tear up the land and leave the lil' ole people with nuthin.

    shawn fox
    shawn fox subscriber

    Was the city going to somehow lose money because of the easement? What exactly were they going to do with that 9 feet? They weren't going to profit from it. If it is a public safety issue, then they shouldn't have granted it at all. Regardless, there would be no good reason to justify a bribe as this city aide is trying to do. Some of the people that are always whining about the evil developers probably had a few sips of an ice coffee from starbucks today. Dang developers! They don't do nuthin for the people! No benefit whatsoever; they just tear up the land and leave the lil' ole people with nuthin.

    Randy Dotinga
    Randy Dotinga

    Excerpt from U-T story: Filner didn’t respond Tuesday to questions from U-T San Diego about the transaction, but 10News asked him whether he was extorting money from developers. “That’s a ridiculous word,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is make sure that people that get things from the city understand that they also have to give things back. You don’t get free things.”

    Randy Dotinga
    Randy Dotinga memberauthor

    Excerpt from U-T story: Filner didn’t respond Tuesday to questions from U-T San Diego about the transaction, but 10News asked him whether he was extorting money from developers. “That’s a ridiculous word,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is make sure that people that get things from the city understand that they also have to give things back. You don’t get free things.”

    Don Wood
    Don Wood

    Please read VOSD's own history on Alan Jones. It notes that he is a former chief lobbyists for Fenton Development, with a history of trying to bribe city council members on zoning issues. Not sure that makes for a reliable or truthful source in this matter.

    Don Wood
    Don Wood subscriber

    Please read VOSD's own history on Alan Jones. It notes that he is a former chief lobbyists for Fenton Development, with a history of trying to bribe city council members on zoning issues. Not sure that makes for a reliable or truthful source in this matter.

    John Gordon
    John Gordon

    Felix below should read more carefully. This was a momentary accounting issue at worst. Check was made out to the City of San Diego. This is the seond time Sunroad has had building problems--remember the famous Bridgepoint building that they had to take a floor off?

    Felix Tinkov
    Felix Tinkov

    La Playa, if "The Mayoral veto had zero effect" why do you suppose a payment of $100k was made. I've never known business folks to be so free wheeling as to hand over money on a for profit project when there was no return. Can we just have an honest conversation? No is disputing that Mayor Filner's intent was good. But the ends don't justify the means. Rather than short circuiting the legal system, if as you propose the mayor thought the city had unlawfully gifted public property the recourse is to veto, wait for the override and then file suit. It certainly isn't legally or ethically correct to cut a back room deal to fund pet projects in return for permitting an allegedly unlawfully real property transaction. Can we at least agree on this much?

    Felix Tinkov
    Felix Tinkov

    John, I'm fairly confident in my reading of the story. I have no axe to grind. I just wish folks would drop pretenses - if you like Filner, I don't begrudge you that, but it does not absolve him of wrongdoing. Or Mr. Jones. They conspired to extract property in a seemingly unlawful manner which requires investigation from the authorities. Not a political witch hunt. And not absolution based upon after-the-fact justifications of property values as La Playa Heritage is unfortunately attempting. And certainly not an apologist stance making this matter out to be some sort of accounting error. If you were mugged at gunpoint and the robber, after being exposed publicly, decided to give you back your money a few weeks later I wonder if you would be so forgiving. Can we drop the Rs and Ds? The friendships and alliances and just look at the facts and law?

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage

    The two 9 foot property easements where already gifted to Sunroad by the City Council and the City Attorney in April 2013. The Mayoral veto had zero effect on the two month old giveaway of public park property that by City Council Resolution was already legally binding and transferred to Sunroad. After the fact the Mayor tried, but failed, to compensate the public's Park budgets. No apologies. Easily justifiable. Although no good deed goes unpunished.

    John Gordon
    John Gordon subscriber

    Felix below should read more carefully. This was a momentary accounting issue at worst. Check was made out to the City of San Diego. This is the seond time Sunroad has had building problems--remember the famous Bridgepoint building that they had to take a floor off?

    Felix Tinkov
    Felix Tinkov subscribermember

    La Playa, if "The Mayoral veto had zero effect" why do you suppose a payment of $100k was made. I've never known business folks to be so free wheeling as to hand over money on a for profit project when there was no return. Can we just have an honest conversation? No is disputing that Mayor Filner's intent was good. But the ends don't justify the means. Rather than short circuiting the legal system, if as you propose the mayor thought the city had unlawfully gifted public property the recourse is to veto, wait for the override and then file suit. It certainly isn't legally or ethically correct to cut a back room deal to fund pet projects in return for permitting an allegedly unlawfully real property transaction. Can we at least agree on this much?

    Felix Tinkov
    Felix Tinkov subscribermember

    John, I'm fairly confident in my reading of the story. I have no axe to grind. I just wish folks would drop pretenses - if you like Filner, I don't begrudge you that, but it does not absolve him of wrongdoing. Or Mr. Jones. They conspired to extract property in a seemingly unlawful manner which requires investigation from the authorities. Not a political witch hunt. And not absolution based upon after-the-fact justifications of property values as La Playa Heritage is unfortunately attempting. And certainly not an apologist stance making this matter out to be some sort of accounting error. If you were mugged at gunpoint and the robber, after being exposed publicly, decided to give you back your money a few weeks later I wonder if you would be so forgiving. Can we drop the Rs and Ds? The friendships and alliances and just look at the facts and law?

    La Playa Heritage
    La Playa Heritage subscribermember

    The two 9 foot property easements where already gifted to Sunroad by the City Council and the City Attorney in April 2013. The Mayoral veto had zero effect on the two month old giveaway of public park property that by City Council Resolution was already legally binding and transferred to Sunroad. After the fact the Mayor tried, but failed, to compensate the public's Park budgets. No apologies. Easily justifiable. Although no good deed goes unpunished.

    Charlie Williams
    Charlie Williams

    In reading this article I see that the check from Sunroad was made payable to the City of San Diego, not to Bob Filner. As our mayor, he did the right thing in returning the check. I seriously doubt this mayor will get any good press here in San Diego much like our last City Attorney he will get none. This mayor is doing his best to return the city to the people and the communities. He has a rough row to hoe but I will place my bet on his eventual success regardless of the obstacles place in front of him.

    Edward Teyssier
    Edward Teyssier

    If I were mayor I'd probably be telling Sunroad to tear down the buildings and move them over the required 9 feet. Otherwise, if you continue to let these developers get away with obvious violations they'll never take the zoning requirements seriously because they know they can always put in a "fix" later. When Aguirre was in the City Attorney's office Sunroad had to take off the top floors of their building when they built it too high and in violation of FAA regs. You'd have thought that Sunroad had learned their lesson on that one...I guess some builders are slower to learn than others. I guess, when it comes to standing up to developers, some City Attorneys have more backbone than others.

    Edward Teyssier
    Edward Teyssier subscriber

    If I were mayor I'd probably be telling Sunroad to tear down the buildings and move them over the required 9 feet. Otherwise, if you continue to let these developers get away with obvious violations they'll never take the zoning requirements seriously because they know they can always put in a "fix" later. When Aguirre was in the City Attorney's office Sunroad had to take off the top floors of their building when they built it too high and in violation of FAA regs. You'd have thought that Sunroad had learned their lesson on that one...I guess some builders are slower to learn than others. I guess, when it comes to standing up to developers, some City Attorneys have more backbone than others.

    Dale Peterson
    Dale Peterson

    I met Allen Jones on one of the city's Community Planning Groups (where he was the Chair). We volunteered together on the Navajo Community Planning Group (San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, and Grantville). At that time he was employed by the Fenton Corporation. My orientation and bias leans toward neighborhoods and community protections. Despite our differing perspectives, I have always found Allen to be a "straight shooter." And, I never once believed that he talked with hidden agendas or represented a manipulative path for corporate friends. Based upon my experiences of working Mr. Jones, in a community public setting, whatever he represents is 100% credible.

    Dale Peterson
    Dale Peterson subscribermember

    I met Allen Jones on one of the city's Community Planning Groups (where he was the Chair). We volunteered together on the Navajo Community Planning Group (San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, and Grantville). At that time he was employed by the Fenton Corporation. My orientation and bias leans toward neighborhoods and community protections. Despite our differing perspectives, I have always found Allen to be a "straight shooter." And, I never once believed that he talked with hidden agendas or represented a manipulative path for corporate friends. Based upon my experiences of working Mr. Jones, in a community public setting, whatever he represents is 100% credible.

    MARK GIFFIN
    MARK GIFFIN

    Even Attila the Hun had a management style.

    Mark Giffin
    Mark Giffin subscribermember

    Even Attila the Hun had a management style.

    Jerry Hughes
    Jerry Hughes

    I think San Diego has its hands full with Mayor Filner. Wasn't it just a few years ago that Filner exclaimed something like, "I can do anything I want" or something close to that when at the airport? That should have been a warning sign to voters but sadly, Filner was elected. San Diego will suffer under his leadership.

    Jerry Hughes
    Jerry Hughes subscriber

    I think San Diego has its hands full with Mayor Filner. Wasn't it just a few years ago that Filner exclaimed something like, "I can do anything I want" or something close to that when at the airport? That should have been a warning sign to voters but sadly, Filner was elected. San Diego will suffer under his leadership.

    brymacsr
    brymacsr

    When is the next election?

    Charlie Williams
    Charlie Williams

    SO it seems brymacsr and bit-watcher would rather have that Mayoral candidate who lost to Filner as our Mayor? Well he is still running. Perhaps he can become the next Congressman to go to Washington and join the crowd already there whose only objective is to see nothing good is done so long as Obama is President?

    Bit-watcher
    Bit-watcher

    Marvelous bit of mind-reading. Not so, Charlie. Make that straw man, and win your argument with it.