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SD Supervisor Ron Roberts Previews State Of The County

Evening Edition

Above: County Supervisor Ron Roberts gives Joanne Faryon a sneak peak of the "State of the County" speech he will give this week.

Aired 2/6/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guest

Ron Roberts, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He represent district 4.

Transcript

Ron Roberts, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He represent district 4.

Above: Ron Roberts, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He represent district 4.

County Supervisor Ron Roberts told KPBS he would like to see a new football stadium built in downtown with cooperation between the city and the county. He said it would not only benefit the Chargers, but the region as well.

Roberts said he has been meeting quietly with County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Mayor Jerry Sanders for almost three years about building a stadium. However, he said financing the multimillion-dollar project would be difficult.

“We are looking at how does, perhaps, the stadium generate revenues that we don’t have today, that we could then take and plow back into getting a stadium built,” he said. “You create value and you use that value to get the thing you want, in this case a stadium.”

Roberts added the city and county worked together successfully before to build Qualcomm Stadium.

Next week Roberts, Jacob and Sanders will review a possible financing plan for a new stadium, to see where funding for it would be found. Ultimately, Roberts said voters will have the final word on the project.

Additionally, he said he was excited to hear about the proposal from Doug Manchester and John Lynch, the new owners of U-T San Diego, about the downtown area. It includes a new stadium, an arena and an expanded Convention Center along the waterfront.

Roberts said this is a conceptual idea. The proposal talks about surrounding the stadium with enhanced public spaces and better utilization of the facility by making it more accessible to the Convention Center.

“I want to make sure we don’t get so locked in that we destroy the opportunity to get a stadium, but I think this proposal should really get heard,” he said.

Local and state leaders have used their annual addresses this year to outline bold ideas for the future. Governor Jerry Brown focused on a high speed rail and Sanders on downtown building projects. And this week, Roberts will give a "State of the County" address that also includes plans for downtown development and infrastructure improvement.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 6, 2012 at 6:10 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

Is our city really in such fine shape that we can afford 6 well-payed tax dollar leaching individuals (the mayor and the 5 county supervisors) sitting around day in and day out obsessed with and spending all their time on a football stadium????????????????

I don't get it.

How are they reasoning that this is a cash cow for our city??

Is Petco park generating huge money for our city and , if not, what makes these political parasites think a new football stadium will??

I mean, I can see the convention center expansion, that would have tangible economic benefit, but this new stadium seems to be taking up **far** too much time of people we elected to run our city and county.

Diane Jacob looked like a deer caught in headlights not once, but during TWO wildfire crisis' in her East County.

She was completely out of her element.

I was in Florida on business during one of the wildfire crisis' and saw this bumbling hack on the national news embarrassing our county and herself to the nation.

But she apparently has time to be fiddling around with the mayor about a sprits stadium for the last 3 years?

Hey Roberts, Sander, and Jacobs, if you really want a stadium that bad, why don't you bring Bill Horn into the plan? He is an expert on funneling money to pet projects, stealing money from public services, and constructing projects by avoiding those pesky permits.

Why not use your corrupt Guru Horn to build it by side-stepping environmental regulations, building permits, and by using a big underhanded money grab. After all, it is his specialty!!

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