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Roundtable: Downtown Chargers, Measure A Results, MTS Security Cops, Joel Anderson Out

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Charging downtown

The San Diego Chargers announced this week they would pursue a multi-use facility downtown, rather than a new football-only stadium in Mission Valley.

Last year former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye, attorney Cory Briggs and the development firm of ex-Padres owner John Moores formed a coalition to push such a project. The proposal includes building more convention center space not attached to the existing facility.

Many believe that building a stadium downtown on land not owned by the city or the Chargers would increase the cost by hundreds of millions of dollars and take years longer. The city’s plan was to re-build a stadium in Mission Valley on land it already owns.

The team is going to try to come up with a financing plan for downtown that includes an initiative requiring a simple majority, rather than the two-thirds vote required for a tax increase. Initiative papers must be filed by March 24.

Carlsbad's Measure A going down

As of now, it’s still too close to call, but Carlsbad’s Measure A appears headed for defeat, 51 percent to 48 percent.

The voter turnout for this single-issue election was 52 percent.

Developer Caruso Affiliated spent millions on TV ads and got endorsements from city officials and others. Riled up opponents believed the Caruso mixed-use development project along the Agua Hediondo Lagoon was too big for the area and would increase traffic exponentially. They also were concerned that Caruso sidestepped the state’s expensive and time-consuming environmental review process through the citizen’s initiative.

MTS worker without ID injured by MTS cops

A janitor for San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System says he was knocked unconscious by two MTS security officers and hustled off to jail, for coming to work.

The guards thought he was trespassing because he had no ID. The cleaning service he worked for had yet to issue him one. In the midst of the confrontation, his supervisor showed up and confirmed he worked there, but the officers were unmoved.

Most of the altercation was caught on video, obtained by NBC7 Investigates and Voice of San Diego.

Two of the MTS security guards have been accused of violence before, and MTS settled a lawsuit over an earlier incident. But both are still on the job. The janitor, Allen Koka, an Iraqi immigrant, filed suit against the officers, MTS, a private security firm, and the janitorial company. MTS has filed suit against the cleaning company.

Joel Anderson is moving on

State Senator Joel Anderson thought he could take on fellow Republican Dianne Jacob and force the longtime county supervisor out of the race for her District 2 seat. But no. Last week he withdrew.

Even with $200,000 from the California Republican Party (an unprecedented amount which Anderson didn't spend much of and which he gets to keep for a later race), Jacob raised more money, $385,151 to the $73,660 that Anderson raised on his own.

Anderson had already filed to run for State Assembly in 2018, and he can transfer funds from the supervisor race to the assembly race.

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