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Here are a few things to mull for the day:
- San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso is on a tear. Just in the last week he has: formed a legal defense fund; provoked a discussion about whether his term as president should be longer than the established one year; provoked another discussion about the city seceding from the county of San Diego; and pushed a park to get some restrooms the U-T says residents don’t want. He’s also going around town scheduling meetings to apparently lay the ground work for tax increases.
So what do you do after so much action? Party!
A flyer is circling among some city insiders inviting them to a “private reception” at the Logan Complex. It will be “recognizing the accomplishments of City Council President Ben Hueso” with a hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres.
I was curious as to whether this was an event to not only recognize the council president (whose only been the council president for a month and a half) but also to persuade people to start filling up that legal defense fund.
I called to see if tonight’s event indeed was a fundraiser.
Spokeswoman Michelle Ganon said no, “It does not ask people to bring their checkbooks. It is definitely not a fundraiser.”
The event, she said, was being sponsored by artist Ron Miriello.
And it actually sounds pretty cool:
Since renovating The Logan and moving to Barrio Logan in 2007, Miriello Grafico has helped nudge ahead the evolution of the Barrio. When San Diego Councilman Ben Hueso asked to have his celebration event at The Logan — we had to say yes.
The newly elected president of the San Diego City Council was born and raised in Barrio Logan and still lives in Logan Heights. About one hundred of his friends, key supporters and fellow politicians will use The Logan as party central, to celebrate both Hueso’s political success and to demonstrate the positive re-use of former industrial space for professional and creative endeavors — like Miriello Grafico.
- Remember the City Council’s IBA wrote that the mayor was being “presumptuous” in assuming that the city would have to ante up $4 million more next year to cover the cost of the massive software overhaul the city’s trying to implement? This is the affectionately dubbed Wild ERP project.
The IBA says it’s presumptuous for the mayor to think there’s going to be an increase in costs because the increase would have to be approved by the City Council and that body has a lot of questions still about this project. So she struck it from the list of liabilities the city will have to face in coming years.
But here’s a question, if it’s presumptuous for the mayor to assume, in his five-year financial outlook, that the city will have to come up with another $4 million for this, isn’t his whole five-year outlook presumptuous? After all, the City Council has to approve almost all city spending. The mayor just makes recommendations.
I wonder why this mayoral assumption was worth calling presumptuous.
- The U-T also took note Monday of the LA Times’ scoop that the Chargers had hired a marketing firm in Los Angeles.
Two things stand out.
One: Reporter Ron Powell called Chargers’ Special Counsel Mark Fabiani and Fabiani, true to form, was able to say a lot with a little.
But Mark Fabiani, the team’s general counsel and point man on stadium issues, said: “This has nothing whatsoever to do with the team staying or going. Fans shouldn’t be more concerned than they already were.”
Don’t worry a lot fans, just worry enough.
But this is what really stuck out at me:
Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, contacted yesterday afternoon, said she had not heard about the marketing push and has not spoken with team representatives since April.
Let me see if I understand correctly: The Chargers have maintained still that Chula Vista is their top priority in their search for a stadium in the San Diego region. Cox is no longer distracted by the Gaylord Entertainment push to build a convention center and resort on the Chula Vista bay front. She had said she couldn’t talk much about the Chargers until that happened. To be clear, she is distracted by the financial collapse her city’s experiencing.
So you’re telling me that the Chargers’ supposed best hope for staying in the San Diego region is to work with a city at the brink of financial catastrophe whose mayor has not spoken to the team at all in nine months?
And, at the same time, Los Angeles is on the way to building a stadium (led by a friend of the Chargers’ owner); the Chargers are hiring people in Los Angeles to generate enthusiasm for the team in that vastly more populated and wealthy region; and the team is reminding everyone that it’s been working on getting a new stadium here for seven years and it is anxious to point out that they’re closer to the end of a search for a new stadium than the beginning.
From yesterday’s latest LA Times rendition of the “Chargers Are Coming to Town:”
While the league is kicking around the notion of playing the 50th Super Bowl in L.A. — where the first one took place — the onetime L.A. Chargers appear to be inching closer to a possible return to their birthplace.
As is always the case with the on-again, off-again saga of the NFL’s flirtation with the nation’s second-largest market, nothing is written in stone. In fact, it’s more like murky skywriting, completely at the mercy of the fickle winds of change.
So, Charger fans, there’s nothing to worry about except what you were already worried about.
Keep those thoughts coming on both the solar power initiative and Hueso’s idea to get the city its own county.
— SCOTT LEWIS