San Diego officials faced a choice the night they pushed a billion-dollar bill they’d been secretly working on for months through California’s legislature.
Should San Diego grab all the money it could for downtown, with dreams of thousands of new jobs, an expanded Convention Center and a new professional football stadium? Or should San Diego use some of its coming spoils to help the state keep city schools in one piece?
San Diego chose downtown. That decision provided an extra windfall for downtown redevelopment. But it stuck the state with a big tab — by one estimate, hundreds of millions of dollars a year.