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Morning Report: Faster, City! Spend, Spend!

Morning Report: Faster, City! Spend, Spend!

Morning Report: Faster, City! Spend, Spend!

Faster, City! Spend, Spend!

It’s a loophole big enough to drive $4 billion through.
The governor wants to save money by killing redevelopment, which (at least in theory)
supports urban renewal in run-down neighborhoods. But existing projects will be
allowed to continue. So cities have been spending like they just won the lottery,
and San Diego is thinking about getting in on the fun. But not just to the tune
of a few hundred million dollars, as it seemed a few days ago. Now there’s talk
that would be started as late as 2048.
Holy guacamole. That’s a ton of money, and a really long time and way beyond what
any other cities have attempted to ram through.
Is this legal and feasible? We’ll see. A big stick in the eye of the governor? Four
billion times yes!
The governor’s plan isn’t final yet, and the legislature can still save redevelopment’s
life. You might assume it would do just that, considering that the Assembly and
state Senate are chock full of former city council members who were big fans of
redevelopment.
Think again.
Redevelopment may have a pretty weak fire wall in Sacramento, as our now-completed
revealed. The final score: four for redevelopment, two against it, and six who either
are undecided or won’t say.
None of the Democrats said they’d support redevelopment, and the Republicans are
divided. A similar scenario among the whole legislature – lukewarm support or opposition
from Dems, a split in the GOP – could doom redevelopment’s future.
on both sides of the aisle (she’s a woman after my own heart) by pointing out a
Democrat’s non-answer (do politicians get bonuses for ducking questions?) and the
fact that some ostensibly anti-government Republicans are sure mighty supportive
of government-supported redevelopment.
Congress Flushes TJ Sewer
An allotment of $10 million may not be worth a hill of beans in the federal government’s
multi-trillion-dollar budget, but the House of Representatives did spend time to
for a project that aimed to reduce pollution in the US by building a $10 million
“When we are borrowing 40 cents on every dollar on the backs of our children and
our grandchildren, I ask the question: why are we spending $10 million so that
a sewer could be constructed in Tijuana Mexico?,” one congressman asked, according
to The Hill. “Now I understand and I empathize with my friends from San Diego and
that area, where waste apparently washes on the shore from Tijuana because they’re
not acting responsibly with their matters.”
“Their matters”?
Local representatives were split: Democrats voted to support the sewer while Republicans
(including Brian Bilbray, who made his mark in the sometimes-sewer-socked city of
Imperial Beach) voted against it.
A Blessing Through Baby-Sitting
About 30,000 Somalis live in San Diego, with many of them – struggling to find work
in a foreign culture. The women often take care of each other’s kids, but that meant
that the baby-sitters wouldn’t make much themselves due to limits on how many kids
they could take in.
to open day-care centers. As neighborhoods reporter Adrian Florido puts it, “It
sounded like an innovative idea. Somali families tend to be large, and women need
childcare to go to work but don’t feel comfortable taking their kids to non-Somali
daycares. So why not train Somalis to do it themselves?”
Uh-Oh. I’m Hearing Voices Again
The Morning Report now has yet another sibling: a regular feature called Voices
that rounds up, as engagement editor Grant Barrett puts it, “op-eds and remarks
from anywhere on the web that matters to San Diego, both official and informal,
and elsewhere.” They’ve just gotta be “interesting and relevant.”
on topics from cockfighting and redevelopment to “cherry patches” (no, not fruit
farms) and and our allegedly poor headline writing skills.
Who’s Getting Charged for This Trash Pickup?
The favorite word of commentator Scott Lewis may be “garbage,” and not because he
spends his spare time dumpster-diving (as far as we know). He uses it to zing people
who throw around inaccurate claims, and this time he’s got a county supervisor in
by declaring that the problem with the county’s strapped pension is the stock market.
“What she doesn’t like to talk about is the massive pension enhancement she and
her colleagues gave themselves and their employees in 2002,” Lewis writes. “It was
a 50 percent boost. That would have been one thing if it was a boost from that point
going forward. No, it was a retroactive increase, a gigantic giveaway for time already
served.”
No Chips in This Wal(mart)
San Diego Explained, our video series, helps you get a handle on the whole big controversy
At Last, a Better Way to DC:
Flying to the Washington D.C. area can be a major pain. There are few direct flights
from the West Coast to Reagan National, the most convenient and least crowded airport,
so San Diegans often find themselves trudging through the nightmarish terminals
of Dulles airport in northern Virginia. That may change: the Senate just voted to
to and from Reagan National airport.
You Did It!
Sam Hodgson needed a new wide-angle lens. Though we project a budget for equipment
needs like that, we still need to raise the funds. We asked if you would help.
You did. Sam got his lens this week thanks to these generous people:
George Hauer, from George’s at the Cove
Joan Gabriel
Jere McInerney
April Bolduc
Maria and Joe Penny
Nat Cohen
Maddy Kilkenny
Frances O’Neill Zimmerman
and Sudelle Dotinga
Yes, that last one is my mother, who gave a donation to the photographer instead
of a fabulously worthy cause like, say, the Morning Report. Hey, lady! Charity
begins at home!
Seriously, remember our work is made possible because of your support. You can always
with Partnerships & Technology.

HEADLINES
The city plans a massive undertaking of future redevelopment projects to escape
the governor’s axe.
In the Somali community, many women care for their children rather than work. Now,
some are turning that into paying jobs.
We partner with NBC San Diego to boil down the recent Walmart debate.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob continues to blame the stock market for the problems
caused by her and her colleagues’ reckless giveaway.
Only four of the county’s 12 state reps say they’ll fight to protect redevelopment.
City looks to protect ‘as much as $3 billion,’ likely triple any other city has
tried.
Comments from around the Sandiegosphere.

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If someone was nice enough to forward this Morning Report to you, please know you
HEADLINES San Diego to Brown: How You Like Them $4 Billion? The city plans a massive undertaking of future redevelopment projects to escape the governor’s axe. Pulling Themselves, and Each Other, Out of Poverty In the Somali community, many women care for their children rather than work. Now, some are turning that into paying jobs. San Diego Explained: Walmart We partner with NBC San Diego to boil down the recent Walmart debate. County’s Garbage Pension Claims, Round 235 County Supervisor Dianne Jacob continues to blame the stock market for the problems caused by her and her colleagues’ reckless giveaway. Survey Says: Local Support Thin for Redevelopment Only four of the county’s 12 state reps say they’ll fight to protect redevelopment. U-T: San Diego Makes Huge Redevelopment Play City looks to protect ‘as much as $3 billion,’ likely triple any other city has tried. Voices: What People Are Saying Comments from around the Sandiegosphere.       

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