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A long-expected update to Grantville’s community plan is going forward after the city released an environmental study that quantified just what building 8,000 new homes will mean for congestion in the area.
The city is trying to figure out where to allow homes to be built to accommodate growth forecasts. Grantville is already home to a trolley stop, so the area is seen as ripe for smart growth, Andy Keatts writes.
But the anticipated traffic and parking headaches are not going to be easy sells.
“I need to be able to look my neighbors in the face and say this is best we can build here and now. We’re not there yet,” says a planning commissioner from the area.
The Chargers Nominate a Boogeyman
There are two ways to understand what’s at the heart of the Chargers stadium flare-up this week.
The first is that the Chargers are just going to leave San Diego, so they’re lashing out to make sure the public blames someone else. That’s what Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s former communication chief and local PR guy Tony Manolatos is getting at with this tweet. (By the way, pass the popcorn if there’s going to be a war of words between Manolatos and Mark Fabiani, the Chargers special counsel.)
The second way to think about this is that the mayor made an announcement more significant than everyone thought this week and it was profoundly disappointing to the Chargers.
Let’s go with that for a minute. Take a minute to reflect on the big drama Thursday when Fabiani blew up about Faulconer’s mention of former Port Commissioner Steve Cushman in his State of the City speech. Talk radio and social media were filled with fans trying to figure out who Cushman was (while also hating him deeply.)
The Chargers don’t like Cushman and blame him for shutting down great ideas in the past when he was on the Port Commission.
What Faulconer did say in his speech was that Cushman is in charge of figuring out how to expand the Convention Center.
That is a de facto decision by the mayor against a joint-use Convention Center/stadium, or ConVadium. (We have that trademarked, by the way.)
As Cushman told me Thursday: “Both projects need to stand on their own.”
The mayor tried to wordsmith his way out of that in his speech, saying that he wanted his new task force to consider both a Mission Valley site and a stadium downtown “along with” a convention center. Listening, you might think he meant a joint-use facility, but the word choice sounds more like it’s separate.
We talked about all this on the podcast this week.
And, if you missed it, here are my four myths about this stadium saga that have to die.
SacTown to Hear Services Tax Debate
In the Sacramento Report, it appears Richard Bloom is not going to re-surface his bill to eliminate killer whale shows at SeaWorld. He wants to wait until San Diego’s Toni Atkins is no longer speaker of the Assembly in 2016.
Also, a push to tax services is turning some heads.
• In other news, Atkins endorsed Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate. Harris would love to clear the field of other Democrats to replace Barbara Boxer in 2016.
What We Learned This Week
• The Sheriff uses data to track people it considers potential serious criminals, and initiates massive sweeps to try and catch them in the midst of an arrestable offense. In the process, thousands of residents are contacted by law enforcement just for being in a public place.
• Trolley cops are also swarming to try to catch fare evaders, and nothing more. Those swarms are happening mostly downtown and in Southeastern San Diego.
• Mayor Kevin Faulconer approached his first State of the City address as San Diego’s non-controversial cheerleader in chief, a role he’s embraced during his 10 months as mayor.
One Paseo Finale Will Be Downtown After All
A much-discussed decision by San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner to delay a hearing on the controversial One Paseo project so that it could be moved to Carmel Valley has been changed again. Lightner decided that there was no suitable location in Carmel Valley, so it will be held Feb. 23 downtown at the City Council chambers.
• Here’s more on the Target store planned for South Park. (Uptown News)
• The L.A. Times explains the saga of a Chaldean priest who doesn’t want to go back to Iraq.
• Buzzfeed pulled all the documents detailing what Mitt Romney’s La Jolla neighbors think of his beachfront mansion. It’s not good.
Romney spoke Friday at the Republican National Committee’s Winter Meeting this week. Faulconer did as well. He apparently preached that Republicans need not to “outreach” to demographics they’re not winning but to include them. (KPBS)
• The Padres were pretty stoked about landing the 2016 All-Star Game. (U-T)
• U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy revealed a big cartel investigation Friday. (U-T)
Quote of the Week
“I’ve never seen all this police shit. I mean, just look at this. Look how many people it takes to write a ticket?”
— 18-year-old Forest Sessions, who was detained for not having a ticket on the trolley but let go when his story checked out.