Monday, August 25, 2008
The next President of the city of San Diego’s Downtown Development Corporation, CCDC, will preside over major projects like the North Embarcadero Bayfront developments, and possibly a new civic center. Former CCDC President Nancy Graham resigned, amid mounting evidence she profited financially from developers negotiating city contracts. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on CCDC’s search for a successor.
CCDC hopes to have a new president in place by the end of the year. Board member Jennifer Le Sar is heading the search. But she isn’t as concerned about candidates’ ties to developers as she is about their leadership style.
Le Sar: Do we pursue a very visionary person or just look for someone who is an excellent implementer?
City councilman elect Carl Demaio doesn’t want someone from out of town. Disgraced former CCDC president Nancy Graham was from West Palm Beach.
Demaio: CCDC should be looking locally to a local leader who we know, to restore public confidence in CCDC.
Critics would like to see the city’s two redevelopment corporations dissolved. The grand jury recommended the city reabsorb their functions.
Chuck Kaminski of the planning group, Partnerships for Livable Places, says even if the corporations survive the latest scandals, their days are numbered by state law.
Kaminski: I think this individual, whoever comes in, has to be the last redevelopment director. CCDC does have to sunset.
The mayor and council will consider next month how to do a better job of overseeing the development corporations, which manage millions of dollars of public money.
Alison St John, KPBS news