Nathan Fletcher found himself in a powerful position in fall 2010.
How the assemblyman used that power endeared him to some of San Diego most influential interests. And it’s emerging as one of the sharpest criticisms in his bid for mayor.
Scott Lewis revisits the famous midnight deal that clandestinely extended government-financed downtown redevelopment by billions of dollars and several decades. In doing so, Fletcher and Mayor Jerry Sanders short-circuited the public process that the mayor had committed to for deciding whether downtown really still needed the urban renewal subsidies.
“Fletcher stole a process from the public in the kind of deal that has created the very resistance to progress in San Diego its supporters bemoan,” Lewis writes. “His campaign may be proud he ‘delivered more infrastructure dollars’ to San Diego with the vote. But those dollars never actually made it.”
Alas, redevelopment got killed by the Legislature and governor as tales of abuse ran rampant. We did a post-mortem on the downfall of redevelopment in this San Diego Explained.