The activists suing over the Navy Broadway Complex’s redevelopment plans accused the city of San Diego’s downtown redevelopment director yesterday of allowing the project’s developer too much access in the city’s decisions over the lawsuits.

The Navy Broadway Complex Coalition said they want the county grand jury to investigate Centre City Development Corp. President Nancy Graham for including Manchester Financial Group in settlement talks between the city and the coalition.

In an e-mail, Graham acknowledged that a Manchester representative was present at the city’s settlement discussions.

The activists are suing the city, arguing that it did not properly measure impacts of the waterfront development on issues such as a nearby fault line or traffic. Cory Briggs, an attorney for the coalition, said the city could have settled the lawsuit by agreeing to follow through with a traffic study it already agreed to as part of another lawsuit, as well as a seismic analysis to measure the project’s vulnerability to earthquakes.

Briggs feared the offer was scuttled because of Manchester’s involvement.

The group also alleges the city postponed another appeal of the project in front of the City Council from today to Nov. 6 in order to diffuse their concern that the Navy Broadway Complex was susceptible to an earthquake because it rests on the same fault as the Mount Soledad landslide.

“This was to get it out of the public’s attention because Mount Soledad was a huge issue,” Briggs said.

The county grand jury examines local government operations and produces public reports.


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