The Chargers need to take a page from the Padres’ grassroots playbook and stop using their superior market power muscle to force us to spend money we do not have.
While the debate about Civic San Diego and whether it favors efficiency over public input is interesting, it obscures an important question: Was creating Civic San Diego even legal?
Instead of trying to take what Civic San Diego does right and replicate it to benefit other urban neighborhoods, Lorena Gonzalez’s AB 504 will upend Civic San Diego’s whole permitting process, adding unnecessary layers of bureaucracy while creating uncertainty.
The average San Diegan is likely unaware of the city decisions that have been made and the implications for their neighborhood. And that may mean trouble when it comes time for implementation.
Yes, Civic San Diego issues permits faster than the city. But that means there’s less meaningful public involvement on a project-specific level.
That was the message North Park community members heard loud and clear via Superior Court ruling in a suit brought against Jack in the Box and the city of San Diego.
Can One Paseo’s take-no-prisoners approach work? The answer is the elephant in the room: Yes.
Too often, substandard housing issues continue even after residents log their complaints. Failing our people like this means dangerous conditions continue, and only makes it harder to get nervous tenants to trust government again.
What if the Chargers fans who were willing to increase their taxes (along with every else’s taxes) for a new stadium were given the opportunity to own something concrete? That is, the stadium and the land beneath it.
Whether San Diego decides that CCA is a good fit for the city remains to be seen. But these alternative providers can be designed to keep commercial electricity rates down.