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For years, representatives of the Chargers have said they knew that in order to build a new stadium here, they couldn’t rely on public money. Since 2004, they’ve floated dozens of scenarios involving complex land deals that might mean public assistance on the project but not necessarily tax dollars going to it.
Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, welcomed a new stadium effort a couple of months ago in the city of Industry with the declaration that “in California we don’t build stadiums with public money.”
Things have changed, and San Diego’s downtown redevelopment agency has become the centerpiece of funding efforts.
But in order to invest downtown tax dollars in a new football stadium, some rules would have to change. We have the details.
In other news:
- We analyzed a city database and came up with average response times to complaints about things like dangerous tree limbs. For busted streetlights, it’s an average of almost three weeks, and that’s just for someone to assess the problem.
- New San Diego crime statistics are out for September, and the number of violent crimes were unusually high. The city sat on these stats while waiting for a mayoral press conference that never happened.
- As you may recall, a group of advisers to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders appears to be mighty skeptical of short-term solutions to long-term problems. But another group of Sanders allies is going in another direction, even though a member says it “may be tempting to argue for more structural reform and less one-time reductions and adjustments.” Funny thing: the first group is a subset of the second one. Go figure.
- Last week, we told you about the controversy over whether the San Diego County Water Authority is doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from drowning in an Imperial County irrigation canal. Now, tests to evaluate new safety measures have been delayed. Even if they’re put into place, the canal will be mighty dangerous. An activist says that isn’t good enough.
- A UCSD professor just came out with research suggesting loneliness is contagious, spreading from you to the people you know, the people they know, and the people they know. Holy cow. So should you just avoid every Eleanor Rigby you come across? Absolutely not, the professor tells us.
- When it rains, the Tijuana River Valley on this side of the border becomes a sodden garbage dump. Our photographer went down there yesterday and snapped images of the floating debris, which will remain after the water evaporates. Last January, we chronicled a pile of garbage that stretched almost a quarter mile in a drainage ditch on this side of the border.
- Our Photo of the Day is of a rain-soaked cop on duty by the border. Maybe today’s internationally flavored photo soundtrack will cheer up the officer.
- A local judge who received an unusual dressing-down from a judicial commission admits he “was dumb.” (NCT)
- The sheriff’s department has a wishlist, and it includes .40-caliber Glocks ($450 each), 12-gauge shotguns (about $400), carbine rifles (about $850) and more. (CityBeat)
- Finally, a KPBS-FM contributor spent last weekend on the streets with San Diego’s homeless and will report on her experiences. Her first post is up now.
- Trivia alert: If you’ve lived in San Diego for a while, you might recall when a prominent local person got national attention by going undercover as a homeless person with reporters and guards in tow, all dressed as transients. Who was it? Drop me a line if you know the answer. If you’re the first to respond correctly, I’ll give you a shout-out in tomorrow’s Morning Report.