San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has vetoed a public vote on the $294 million project to build a new City Hall.

Sanders’ decision comes after the project’s developer and a key backer urged him to pull the project from the ballot because of a lack of financial support to run a campaign.

Sanders’ veto cites both as reasons, but does not say whether he’s now recommending the project go forward without a public vote or if he wants to delay a vote to a later election.

Those in favor of a sales tax proposal that City Council is considering Friday were openly discussing removing the City Hall from the ballot so the two measures wouldn’t conflict. Sanders’ memo does not address the sales tax proposal.

I’ve e-mailed questions to the Mayor’s Office about the sales tax and his future recommendation for the new City Hall.

City Council can decide whether it will override Sanders’ veto. It would take five votes. The ballot measure passed 7-1 with Councilman Carl DeMaio opposed last Monday.


Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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