Plenty of year-end stories recap the past. We’ve looked at the most explosive opinions voiced on VOSD this year, the biggest stories we published and followed, the whopper claims and the most RT-able tweets. But now that the calendar’s flipped over to 2015, we want to look ahead at what’s to come.
We asked a few notable San Diegans what they thought the near future might hold. Our panel includes: April Boling, a CPA and one-time City Council candidate; Barbara Bry, founder of Run Women Run and Athena San Diego,and former editor and CEO of Voice of San Diego; Dwayne Crenshaw, community leader and RiseSD co-founder; Ray Ellis, philanthropist and at one point, Sherri Lightner’s rival for her City Council seat; Joe LaCava, a civil engineer; Diane Moss, executive director of Project New Village and Mary Walshok, dean of UC San Diego Extension.
Below are their edited responses to a few questions focused on the year ahead.
Who’s an emerging leader to watch?
Crenshaw: “The obvious and popular choice has to be Chris Cate. Maybe the new face of ‘compassionate conservatism?’ In the not-so-obvious-choice category, I am eager to see Serge Dedina’s leadership in pushing increased civic engagement as mayor of Imperial Beach. Aspirationally, I am cheering for Marne Foster to flourish as leader of the San Diego Unified School Board. Borrowing from the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ I think Marne may surprise many with her heart, brain and courage to take on some seemingly intractable issues and deeply vested interest groups.”
Moss: “One person I will be watching is Anahid Brakke as she leaves the Leichtag Foundation to provide leadership at the San Diego Hunger Coalition. I’m interested to see what insights and energy she will bring to the food security issues in San Diego.”
Walshok: “Reginald Jones, the CEO of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, is bringing a very different prospective to urban redevelopment, focusing on capacity building and collective impact, and is very disciplined in his approach.”
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Maybe you should also mention that he is/was a paid lobbyist for the Wireless industry. Specifically, Crown Castle. They are the nation’s largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure, They have over 40,000 cel towers.http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/cob/docs/lobbyists/firmsrepresented-sorted.pdf
If you want a cel tower on every corner, vote for Joe. Also check out the lawsuit he is a party to.
Kudos to Mr. Crenshaw for expressing productivity the basis to earn quality of life, and help regain global economic leadership. Shovel-ready projects, even major sports facilities etc., just mean print more money.
Ms. Boling realizes even advocates’ projected mass transit operations at the
proposed multi-modal facility NE of Lindbergh are about like the simple Old
Town Transit Center? And part of an expensive incomvenient plan to process all
through a new single terminal then transfer them again to gates at current Terminal
Lindbergh is one of the most convenient. Let’s just build current Terminals out, provide consistent parking, route the planned ramp from I-5 directly to it.
And by the way, SANDAG analysis shows the personal on-demand direct to real destination service autos provide is 20time as cost effective as mass transit for energy/emissions reductions. And even better for thefuture
The City of San Diego is still hoarding $41.3 Million in cash that could be used immediately for neighborhood infrastructure in hidden Reserve accounts of the Community Parking Districts (CPD) and the Development Impact Fees (DIF).
For example, there is $17.8 Million in hidden Reserves as part of the Community Parking Districts (CPD). This month the CPD Audit will go before the full City Council without analyzing the existing 85% target utilization rate of Parking Meters, the hidden $17.8 Million in Reserves, or the City Attorney misguided legal advice that Parking District Revenue cannot be used for public infrastructure, maintenance, and landscaping projects on Streets and Sidewalks within Parking Districts, like everywhere else in California, specifically Old Pasadena.
Currently the Downtown Centre City Development Impact Fees (DIF) account has $22 million siting in the bank as Reserves, hoarded for years. Linked above is the CPRA Response the Dowtown Centre City Development Impact Fees (DIF) with comments in Red.
Since 2005 for downtown, the City of San Diego has collected $23.5 Million dollars in Reserves, and have not spent a DIF penny on projects. However for FY-2013, a total of $127,772.56 was spent on Extra Administration costs for zero projects. Please investigate and force the City of San Diego to spent the money in DIF Reserves for infrastructure projects, instead of hiding the funds in Reserves.
Please see Page 3 of 5 of the attached documents for pending projects downtown, which half way through FY-2015 have yet to be encumbered or spent on DIF projects like the Bayside Fire Station and East Village Green Park. Some of these projects have been on the books for over 10 years, although money has existed in DIF Reserve.
These projects have stalled for years, and the City states in other documents that these projects will not start within the next 3 years because they are broke and do not have enough money even for preliminary designs. Please help get the money flowing. We are claiming that since money have been hoarded in Reserves and not a penny of DIF cash has been spent in the last 10 years (since 2005), then the Fee should be considered a Special Tax, and the money returned because funds are not being used in a timely manner. In addition, the Administrative costs are excessive, based upon zero projects funded in 10 years of collecting DIF revenue.
These excessive Reserves that could be used immediately for infrastructure within the City of San Diego are similar to the $54 million in Reserves hoarded by the California Parks Departments which tried to closed down 70 of the state's 278 parks including Palomar Mountain State Park in 2012 due to supposed lack of money. [$20 State Parks and Recreation Fund, and $33 million Off Highway Vehicle Fund Reserves.]
Interesting due diligence as usual Katheryn
All of this is just great but comes down to "show me the money"
We shall see if voters will pass a bond for infrastructure but with all the shenanigans (deferred maintenance, pension schemes, city drama, not implementing outsourcing and Unions blocking reforms I think the city is going to be hard pressed to pass a bond.
Trust of city hall continues to be an issue.