Barrio Logan is little known to most San Diegans – beyond being a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood near downtown. Yet it is one of San Diego’s most historically significant and culturally important neighborhoods.
An important bit of misinformation has been circulating about Measure C – the Spanos ballot referendum to raise the hotel tax (transient occupancy tax – “TOT”) in the City of San Diego from 12.5% to 16.5% to build a $2 billion-plus downtown combined stadium and convention annex. Most news stories and conventional wisdom have it that 2/3 of the city’s voters must vote in favor of it in order for it to pass. While some of these articles acknowledge that there is a potential second path to passing Measure C via litigation, it is mentioned only as something that is remote, uncertain, and difficult. As a result, some opponents of the measure have had a somewhat lackadaisical attitude. The hoteliers in particular have remained relatively silent. This circumstance is surprising given the potential impact on the demand for hotel rooms from the rate increase and the hoteliers’ opposition to a non-contiguous convention facility expansion. [Read more…] about Why Spanos is only trying for a >50% vote to get a downtown stadium.
At first glance, the recent East Village Convadium proposal has many appealing qualities: it is an attractive, modern complex with many interesting features. However, the Charger’s owners hope to capitalize on the recent trend in California and use the ballot initiative process to “expedite” California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, and for good reason. The flash and hype of the ballot initiative covers many significant, unanswered questions about potential cost overruns and environmental impacts that may cost San Diego taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. [Read more…] about A Football Stadium in East Village? Not so Fast
San Diego History Center, March 31st, 2016, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Balboa History Stroll.
East Village South focus plan workshop, part 2, April 2, 2016, 9:30 AM to noon, [Read more…] about San Diego Design Event Calendar March 20th-April 12th, 2016
A sweeping ballot initiative is being circulated in San Diego. It’s called The Citizens’ Plan for the Responsible Management of Major Tourism and Entertainment Resources, or simply the “Citizens Plan” ballot initiative. The initiative is a joint effort by public interest attorney Cory Briggs and real estate developer John Moores. There have been a number of opinions issued in the media lately about whether the initiative is legal and if it is, whether it requires 2/3 voter passage or merely a majority. However, these opinions did little to explain the legal issues. This article will seek to provide greater insight into the first issue – or at least one aspect of it. A later article will examine the voter percentage required for passage.
A group of San Diego East Village (downtown) stakeholders, academics, and design professionals, including yours truly, have released a “white paper” proposing a vision for the area of high tech and creative businesses anchored by a new satellite campus of a major university. The group will hold a community workshop on March 5, 2016 (Saturday) at 9 AM at the New School of Architecture. [Read more…] about Non-stadium alternative vision for East Village San Diego + community workshop
San Diego – Touting economic value beyond the city of San Diego, Chargers special envoy Mark Fabiani, recently addressed the San Diego Association of Government’s board of directors. [Read more…] about New Chargers Stadium Seeks County Support
San Diego – Taking the podium for his final State of the City Address last Wednesday evening, Mayor Jerry Sanders shared an optimistic outlook for the region’s future. [Read more…] about Mayor’s State of the City Address encourages a “fearless” fight for San Diego’s future
A group of several well-known area architects in San Diego have gotten together to advocate the rehabilitation of the City’s Qualcomm Stadium, rather than the construction of a new stadium. The group is [Read more…] about San Diego’s Stadium Dilemma – To Replace or Rehabilitate?