Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | SACRAMENTO — Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is trying to close the loophole that allowed the Navy to lease out public property for development at the Navy Broadway Complex downtown.
She has authored a bill that would repeal a law the Navy has used to sue the state and city for the right to build on disputed public land and would require that future development be approved by a state agency.
“Those lands belong to the citizens of California not the federal Department of Defense,” Saldaña said. “We want to make sure that the city and people of San Diego have a say in how those lands are developed.”
The move was spurred by a major legal misunderstanding surrounding the controversial downtown development nearly two decades ago.