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Sanders Defends His Role In Redevelopment Bill

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Aired 10/14/10

San Diego’s mayor says sidestepping the City Council in order to extend the life of downtown’s redevelopment organization was the right thing to do.

— San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says sidestepping the City Council in order to extend the life of downtown’s redevelopment organization was the right thing to do.

Sanders worked behind the scenes with Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and the Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) to create legislation that would remove the limit on how much tax revenue CCDC can collect.

The mayor has been strongly criticized by some members of the City Council for keeping them in the dark about the deal, but Sanders said limiting the number of people involved was the smart thing to do.

“There were a lot of people in other cities who didn’t want this to happen. And my fear was the wider this got out the harder it would be to get done,” he said.

Sanders said the council will still have to approve any major projects that are proposed for downtown.

“What’s been missed in this entire ugliness of the past week is that the City Council is the redevelopment agency. The City Council controls redevelopment,” he said. Sanders said the council can create any process it wants when deciding whether to approve a project.

The council had been in the middle of studying whether to lift CCDC’s revenue cap, but the state legislation trumps that process. At a recent meeting, several councilmembers expressed outrage that they were kept in the dark about the deal.

Councilwoman Donna Frye proposed writing a letter to the governor asking him not to sign the legislation, but that idea was ultimately rejected.

Critics of the deal said it is a way to funnel millions of dollars in public money toward a new downtown Chargers stadium. But Sanders and other supporters said lifting the cap will create jobs and enable CCDC to complete a number of projects downtown.

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Avatar for user 'laplayaheritage'

laplayaheritage | October 14, 2010 at 5:05 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Starting in 2011 CCDC has to give away over 50 percent of their budget to the County, schools & for Affordable Housing.

www.tinyurl.com/20100924

This years upcoming increase to 30.58 percent for pass through payments per the 1992 Agreement to the County and Schools, plus the 20 percent affordable housing set aside funds, means CCDC will be given up over 50 percent of the annual tax increment right off the top.

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jb1111 | October 14, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

They are cutting back basic services like fire, police, libraries, parks and so on but they will be spending money on a new library/school, stadium, city hall and bigger convention center. PRIORITIES!!! Are these people insane or just corrupt with no concern for the real needs of the public??????

San Diego always was a Good Ole Boys Town but this group is just plan a bunch of uncaring, self-indulged crooks.

I will not be voting for any more taxes. And if Prop D passes, I will be shopping anywhere else than San Diego.

Why won't Bonnie Dumanus prosecute any cases???? These people have been in office WAY tooooooo long. Time to start collecting those Big Pensions.

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acresboy | October 15, 2010 at 6:33 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

I thought the purpose of a city council was to work with the mayor to get things done. Someone on the city council has to step up and publicly denounce Jerry Sanders for acting like a dictator.

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dialyn | October 15, 2010 at 8:03 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Sanders is very patronizing in his attitude toward the public. One thing is for sure, Fletcher has lost my vote for all times. What happened to transparency in government? That's just another lie. We are still deep in back door deals and funneling money to millionaires. Business as usual in San Diego.

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mwoo | October 15, 2010 at 9:32 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Back room dealing for billionaires - this is disgusting. It's time for tar and feathers: Sanders? Fletcher? You're first!

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TMail | October 19, 2010 at 8:02 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

"Hopefully at the end of this process," she said, "as a community we'll be actively intolerant of any financial mischief by our government, and openly hostile towards schemes, manipulations and deceptions. If that happens, we'll have made some progress." Diann Shipione

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