Walmart, Water Wars, Stadiums: VOSD Reading List

 

It’s Friday, and that means we have a new mixtape of interesting stories on San Diego and related issues you can read this weekend.

Add what you’re reading to next week’s list: Just send me a link to the story and why you recommend it.

Here are this week’s picks:

• Andrew Donohue, editor, tweeted about “Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle“:

• Me on “Inside Walmart’s slow, quiet campaign to crack New York City“:

With Walmart in the news here, I found this look at how the company’s efforts to make inroads in New York are going to be interesting.

• Rob Davis, senior reporter, on “Fees and Anger Rise in California Water War“:

Great historical perspective on Southern California’s reverence for water and fights over it. The piece does a good job of framing the current fight between the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District in a historical context in a region that is defined by those battles — and only here because of the water they’ve yielded.

• Liam Dillon, City Hall reporter, recommended “Washington Nationals may finally meet expectations — on and off the field.” Here’s an excerpt:

Economists often argue that public financing of stadiums is a waste because revenue goes mainly to wealthy players and even wealthier owners, rather than to average taxpayers more likely to spend their money locally.

Dennis Coates, an economist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County who wrote a report opposing the stadium deal in 2004, said sports facilities only redistribute leisure spending. “Does it make sense to spend all those tax dollars on a stadium that will just attract the entertainment dollar from Georgetown or Adams Morgan to the ballpark area?” he asked.

But, he said, if the city’s goal was to win more of suburbanites’ leisure spending, “there could be a net gain for the District. If you stole from Virginia and Maryland, good on you,” he said.

That appears to be exactly what’s happened. Nationals officials say fans coming to games are about 60 percent from Virginia, 25 percent from Maryland and 15 percent from the District. That means city residents are slightly overrepresented, Marylanders lag well behind, and Virginians make a strongly disproportionate contribution to city coffers.

• Sandy Coronilla, investigative intern, tweeted about “Let’s Assess the Assessments“:

Dagny Salas is the web editor at Voice of San Diego. You can contact her directly at dagny.salas@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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