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As we reported yesterday, the opposition to Doug Manchester’s redevelopment plans for the Navy Broadway Complex has found a friend in U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista, who has written to various officials regarding his concerns over the waterfront project.

The development allows Manchester to lease the bayside site for 99 years and develop it into hotels, offices and shops in exchange for building a state-of-the-art headquarters for Navy Region Southwest.

Filner wrote to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez on Dec. 21, asking that his office investigate several legal concerns that had been raised by his constituents about the development. Among his complaints are that state and federal environmental laws were being violated, that the project’s proposed condo hotels would bar the public from access to the tidelands, and that Mayor Jerry Sanders’ aides allegedly predetermined the city’s development staff’s decision on the environmental review. Similar requests were sent to outgoing California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and City Attorney Mike Aguirre.

The congressman also asked the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to delay any progress on the deal until the investigations were completed.

Read samples of the letters here.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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