Despite claims to the contrary, Measure J does not help Mission Bay Park; it merely continues the long-standing tradition of our city and elected officials constantly finding reasons to spend park-generated revenues elsewhere.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Kinsee Morlan and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean explain Chollas Creek’s progress and the future artwork planned for it.
The company that runs Belmont Park told the City Council it needed a new lease right away to keep a deal from falling through. The lease stalled but the deal went through anyway, bolstering some skepticism about urgent matters rushed through the Council.
When San Diego city staff made its case that a new lease for Belmont Park was a good deal, it laid out all the ways the new lease was different from the old one — minus one change that was crucial to understanding the arrangement.
Two City Council members are split over what any lease deal for Belmont Park should look like. Their differing views emphasize once again that the city is figuring out on the fly how to get the most out of the property it leases to private companies.
An audit examining San Diego’s disastrous attempt to throw a centennial celebration in Balboa Park found that virtually everyone involved with the event deserved some blame for its failure, but didn’t reveal any explicit misuse of public funds.
The City Council’s consideration of a new lease for Belmont Park underscores a strange truth when it comes to city property: There isn’t any common understanding of what makes a good deal, and deals are rarely reached with any long-term vision in mind.
City Heights youth have sustained a sophisticated campaign for a skate park. Councilwoman Marti Emerald says they’ll finally get their wish, thanks to a state grant.
San Diego’s newest park apparently isn’t appropriate for all ages, as a local parent discovered. The county says it’s just trying to adhere to manufacturer guidelines.
The City Council approved a 500 percent development fee increase Tuesday to help build parks in the mid-city area. But the hike could scare off the very developers needed to pay those fees.