Using general fund dollars on a stadium will be controversial so the mayor is laying the groundwork to say we already do and can do it better.
The city has a mid-September deadline to come to terms with the Chargers or else its plan to hold an election in January — the reason we’re rushing through an environmental study right now — won’t work. And yet it seems pretty clear the Chargers have no intention of coming on board by then.
County Supervisor Ron Roberts and the county counsel have found a novel route around the requirement to hold a vote of the people before the county invests any money in the stadium. “Vote,” it appears, can mean anything where people, you know, vote.
With the NFL’s visit to San Diego, the mayor and county officials will have to say how they want to pay for a new stadium and it looks like they are leaning toward the general funds of both the county and city — a proposition the voters will have a lot of questions about.
Last year, the city’s long-troubled Purchasing and Contracting Department was looking at a bright new future of increased efficiency and stable leadership. Now the department is back in flux.
For months, we’ve been told that the county of San Diego’s requirement to hold a public vote before spending money on a new stadium is a mere formality that can be overcome. Now the county’s using that requirement to justify chipping in for a costly environmental report.
The City Council is being asked to spend $2.1 million to study the impact of replacing the stadium. It’s money that could go to other city planning needs, including updating many of the city’s old community plans.
Mickey Kasparian and other local Dems say it is time to change the rule that allows a candidate to win outright in primary elections if he or she gets more than 50 percent of the vote.
Veronica Lynne captures an epic photo from the show at Ocean Beach.
The problem for Democrats is not that they cannot find one candidate to run for mayor. It’s that they can’t find two.