Monday, the San Diego City Council will decide when to put the SoccerCity plan on the ballot. FS Investors and supporters of the project got the signatures they needed rapidly and pushed hard for a special election this year.
They’re probably not going to get it. The City Council already rejected a special election this year for which the mayor lobbied hard. So the question now is whether Major League Soccer really will cut San Diego off from its expansion process if the decision is punted to the November 2018 ballot.
If SoccerCity goes down, many will claim the kill shot. But our Andrew Keatts explores why almost every single one of San Diego’s major developers rallied against the project — some of them putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into a campaign against it.
Some of them have competing visions for the land. Some of them don’t believe it’s a good project. Some think it will hurt their own projects and other plans for Mission Valley.
• The Union-Tribune’s Tod Leonard found all 12 markets vying for an expansion Major League Soccer team are facing at least some complications similar to SoccerCity’s.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
I think SD will lose a credible chance of becoming a dominant US soccer destination and this includes the international sport as well. Check out some incredible franchise values created in the soccer world:
1. Real Madrid: $3.65 billion
2. Barcelona, $3.55 billion
3. Manchester United, $3.32 billion
4. Bayern Munich, $2.68 billion
5. Arsenal, $2.02 billion
I'm really ashamed of the "democrats" on the City Council. They have no backbone. Soccer City is about jobs, opportunities, and, of course, image. San Diego today, June 21, 2017 is back as just a backwater, an elbow, a cul-de-sac in the geography of the U.S.A. San Diego revels in its image of being "lay back" but it wants to live a top notch life on Mount Helix. That costs money.
No, leaders like David Alvarez quake at notions like prevailing wages and don't see that noted on negotiations but deny work opportunities to temporary construction workers.
No, the "frat brothers" from SDSU have a major hand in denying entrepreneurial opportunities to other business interests. If FS Investors are not part of the "brotherhood", then the project is a no-go. The contradiction is that Gaylord Enterprises from "back east" has been approved to begin negotiations for a bayside convention zone in Chula Vista. The "SDSU frat brothers" aren't there to stop that development. Why? Who cares about South bay, right?
The San Diego City Council has blown a convention center expansion, a redevelopment of a Mission Valley eyesore, and waved good-bye to a major sports conglomerate and the Chargers.
All this feels like the "no's" in Washington, D.C. It's either the Republicans or the Democrats saying "no" and hurting everyone in the the process.
Do you know what is really amazing? It's the tenacity and brainlessness of truly optimistic people in San Diego to produce a revitalized downtown over the last 30 years against the wave of idiot lawsuits and naysayers.
San Diego can't act like a cosmopolitan place until it completes projects in a cosmopolitan way. Soccer City was promoted by citizens for a vote this fall. Their elected officials, representatives, juuuuust missed a home run.
@John H Borja I don't get it either.