It’s time for Public Comment, our weekly take on the San Diego City Council agenda. We link to all the agendas, briefly highlight an issue and invite readers to weigh in with their thoughts.
- City Council Agenda, Nov. 16, 2009.
- City Council Closed Agenda, Nov. 16, 2009.
- City Council Agenda, Nov. 17, 2009.
- Redevelopment Agency Agenda, Nov. 17, 2009.
Issues of Interest: The city’s Redevelopment Agency is looking at extending the term of Mayor Jerry Sanders as its executive director until next December.
First some background on redevelopment agencies. The City Council also oversees the city’s Redevelopment Agency, which is responsible for making improvements to areas of the city like Grantville, North Park and City Heights through redevelopment tax revenue. The mayor is the executive director of the agency.
The city is considering structural reforms to the redevelopment process that includes two subsets, city-run nonprofits Center City Development Corp. and Southeastern Economic Development Corp. See background on the struggles that led to the reforms here and here.
Part of the discussion involves whether it’s better to have the mayor serve as Redevelopment Agency head or install a bureaucrat in that position. See some background here.
Tuesday’s decision before the agency will keep Sanders in his role until further action is taken.