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Roundtable: City Heights’ La Maestra And SoccerCity

SoccerCity, Trafficking Victims

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Roger Showley, The San Diego Union-Tribune

David Garrick, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Tarryn Mento, KPBS News

Transcript

SOCCERCITY: WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The Story

FS Investors' proposal to build a soccer stadium combined with retail, housing, office space and a river park on the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley easily qualified for the ballot.

San Diego State University, which had been heavily involved in the discussion, suddenly dropped out, believing it would not get what it needed in the current deal.

This dramatic event was followed by another. Last week the San Diego city attorney expressed concern that the proposal's ambiguous language could lead to lawsuits, among other issues.

It is now the San Diego city council's turn to deal with this increasingly hot potato. Next month the council can simply approve the project as is, or put all 600+ pages of it on the ballot.

The Discussion

–Why did SDSU leave the project? What do they hope to gain?

–What does the city stand to gain with the current SoccerCity proposal?

–Is there any chance of starting over with an open request for proposals?

Related: SoccerCity officially qualifies for ballot

Related: Divided San Diego council to tackle possible public votes on SoccerCity, convention center

Related: San Diego State Athletic Director: University Explores Stadium Options After Split From Developer

REFUGE FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS GETS A SCARE

The Story

Sex and labor trafficking is a nearly billion dollar industry in San Diego County.

Most victims are born in the U.S., but many are immigrants with few resources to help them escape. La Maestra Community Health Center in City Heights provides assistance to immigrant victims — small monthly stipends, counseling, and help with applications for T-visas.

An important source of funding for La Maestra is the non-profit U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. That agency's funding from the Department of Health and Human Services was recently cut 25 percent.

La Maestra was not sure it would be able to continue helping trafficking victims for the remainder of the federal fiscal year.

But the problem has been resolved this week.

Related: Trafficking Victims Find Lifeline At City Heights Agency, But Funding May Run Dry

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