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Mayor Kevin Faulconer still hasn’t come out and said that he publicly opposes the Chargers’ plan for a new downtown football stadium, even though the forces that have always been at Faulconer’s back are clearly organizing against it.
Just look at the name of the Lincoln Club’s new political action committee to support Ray Ellis in the City Council District 1 race: “Neighborhoods. Not Stadiums.”
Our Scott Lewis finds only a few power players — besides the Chargers themselves — who support a downtown stadium: BoltMan, the ubiquitous fan symbol, and John Kratzer, CEO of JMI Realty, which runs the Omni Hotel and developed the Ballpark Village.
On the other hand, Mike McDowell, director of the Lodging Industry Association, a major coalition of hotels, panned the measure, saying convention groups did not want what the Chargers were proposing. Joe Terzi, the head of the Tourism Authority, said the Chargers’ plan is just not something industry leaders wanted. Also, basically every politician running for local office has come out against a taxpayer-funded stadium. The Chargers’ stadium adviser, sent in a scathing rebuttal to Terzi’s comments.
On Tuesday, Faulconer met with die-hard Chargers fans who are leading volunteer efforts to pass the team’s stadium plan. It was the mayor’s chance to take their side.
At one point, BoltMan asked the mayor if he would pose in front of the group’s banner, touting the citizens’ initiative the team is circulating.
The mayor refused.
Mayor: Not Ready for Trump
The mayor also refused to endorse his fellow Republican, Donald Trump, the Grand Old Party’s presumptive nominee for president.
“I am not endorsing Mr. Trump,” the mayor said through a spokeswoman in an email to NBC San Diego’s Gene Cubbison. “I reject his divisive rhetoric, including that toward women and Latinos. We need to be building bridges and bringing people together. That’s how we do things in San Diego. Mr. Trump has not earned my vote.” The mayor had previously predicted Ohio Gov. John Kasich would be the party’s nominee.
Trump has said he would deport unauthorized Mexican immigrants. There are about 132,503 undocumented people in San Diego County, including tens of thousands inside the city, according to data from the Center for Migration Studies.
Sacramento Report: Lawmakers Move to Protect No-Bid Contractors
The California Assembly’s committee on education advanced a bill this week that would protect payments to no-bid contractors, even if their contracts are deemed illegal because of a conflict of interest, our Ashly McGlone writes for this week’s summary of state politics and policy.
Unlike typical public-works projects, so-called lease-leaseback projects have allowed schools to forgo competitive bidding and merely choose the contractor they want. Last year, a 5th District Court of Appeal ruling put millions of dollars in payments to contractors who worked on these no-bid projects in jeopardy. Under AB 2316, only contractor profits could be subject to repayment if the contract is invalidated, unless there is proof of fraud or that the contractor didn’t act in good faith. The bill will also require future lease-leaseback projects to go through a bid process.
Also in the Sac Report: I write about the many California water agencies that say it’s time to end Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency water-use restrictions — that means maybe you can get water at a restaurant without asking for it in the near future. Sara Libby rounds up other important news from Sacramento.
VOSD Podcast: Hoteliers, Campaign Finance, the Future of the U-T
Lewis and Andy Keatts talk about a bunch of stuff, as usual, in this week’s podcast, including hoteliers against the downtown stadium, the magical-sounding money robot that U-T owner Tribune Publishing recently announced, Faulconer’s recent short-lived presidential prediction and the very belated completion of the Horton Plaza Park. They also talk with local attorney Matt Strabone about his push for strong campaign finance regulations.
News From Elsewhere
• District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis released new video evidence from three police officer-involved shootings her office did not prosecute, including one where a man was killed by police while he held a fake gun. KBPS goes into why the DA’s office concluded the shootings were justified. The fake gun, for instance, looked real.
• U-T and Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing’s second-largest shareholder wants the company to reconsider a takeover offer by newspaper chain Gannett Co. Earlier this week, Tribune rejected the takeover offer, citing really tremendously great things in its future.
• San Diego Unified School District is going to develop new guidelines for how it handles sexual assaults following a federal investigation of an incident at an elementary school, inewsource reports.
• Trump will eventually testify in a case that accuses his “Trump University” of fleecing students — but only after the election, according to the Associated Press.