Managing Editor, Sarah Livvie discussed on Voice of San Diego


And managing editor Sarah Livvie hello how are you Sarah also doing fine I'm coming at you from ocean beach which has been a little bit stinky recently I was trying to get my kids to help me come up with descriptors of what it smells like for use on the television and my son came up with bat barf which I think is probably the winner so far that's good yeah I never got the coronavirus tie in yeah exactly that was one of your first big stories as an editor had voices and it really well yeah that's right the lawyer stench yeah yeah so does our our mackenzie Elmer environment pushy when it found out that the algal bloom which creates the beautiful bioluminescence at night that that have died often is decomposing and that is what's causing the smell so it smells great in golden hill it's not a problem I haven't haven't haven't caught up with a great show this week we've got councilman Chris Cate coming in to sit to talk about how the city is grappling with the money they got for Kobe to relief and what they can and cannot spend it on and remember SDSU west two years ago Senegal voters said the city should sell that'll mission valley stadium land to SDSU there at the beginning of the end of that entire redevelopment I think we will explain exactly where that deal stands and speaking of money smaller cities really wanted some of them don't qualify for federal money so they're looking to the county for help and we're talking about re opening so in my opinion we have to talk about schools we're gonna banter about that a little bit so first up this SDSU west issue let's just explain they they have to actually make this deal and the city is really interested at this moment in getting that deal done for two reasons one they want the money and to they want to not lose money and that that all comes because they have to spend about a million dollars a month to maintain and operate Qualcomm or the former Qualcomm stadium as the S. SDCCU stadium and they have to and and they don't want to do that and that budget for next year has to be finalized for in July and they want the money from the actual sale of the land to come in and so when you do the the scheduling backwards from July they come to may nineteenth is the day that the city council needs to go ahead and give final approval to the purchase and sale agreement which means right now there's some fighting going on about the terms of that gigantic purchase and sale agreement which is finally made public this week yeah I think it was kind of steadily marching in the background towards this point and from what I could tell there wasn't a lot of outward appearances that things were going wrong I admit I haven't been following this too closely so maybe it was already clear behind the scenes that things were ugly but it really erupted last week first win Mar Elliott issued a memo outlining considerable problems she saw in the purchase and sale agreement that the university had put together and it was it was very her memo didn't just highlight problems with that purchase and sale agreement but pretty specifically described the university itself as not negotiating in good faith and not holding to certain time lines and being needing to be dragged kicking and screaming to the point that they were at it's important to clarify there's actually like three or maybe even for parties to this situation there is now that the university which is pretty United with the CSU system then there's the city which is led by Christmas sell the chief operating officer on behalf of mayor Kevin Faulconer and then there's the city attorney which is as we all know independent office and that's who brought up these concerns you're talking about city attorney Mara Elliott and then there's the fourth party which is the city council so the city has three four or three different major entities discussing this and the university has one and is kind of playing them off each other yeah that was my take was soaked so after Marley it's memo last last week really disrupted things I spoke to Jack McGrory for the politics report who had some very explosive quotes about the process with the city and specifically by three thirty Mar Elliott's disposition towards getting the deal done let's explain who he is real quick yes a gun zero he's a former city manager of the city of San Diego went on to become a developer and and successful business guy and now is a member of the CSU board of trustees and was obviously one of the architects behind this entire initiative to to get it passed so you know a big player on SDSU's team and he was yeah he basically said you know she hated this deal for a long time she's just trying to scuttle it yeah and I think to your point about playing entities off each other really decided rather than respond point by point to the issues that L. it raised in the memo he was just going to get out of that ball game and instead put the issue into the laps of the city council and say Hey city council this is ultimately your decision you get to vote to approve this deal or not and it's time for you to decide whether you want to deal or you because we're done going point by point with with mark Elliott for all this time I don't know what you think about that Sir I don't know I have a hard time kinda wrapping my mind around this because I think we would be talking about it a lot differently if we weren't talking about a public university and that you know given the bad deals that the city has been locked into surrounding the stadium in the past you know a city attorney kind of going through with a fine tooth comb and flagging things would be seen as you know not just normal but like commendable so it just kind of underscores the strangeness of the situation we're in we're we're locked into selling to a a public university you know like Kevin Faulkner went to SDSU this isn't a party that's a private business and we'd be looking at it a lot differently I think if it were but that said I mean it is true that she's raised flags from the beginning with the entire scenario and I don't have a clear sense of you know how deep or new wants the point she's raising our well this is Graham for six so one of them you know that you met since he's been again Sir had trouble with the for us yet fully admits she still thinks measure G. was illegal that it it was forced the city to sell the land in a way that was illegal she's she tried to push that case to city council didn't go with her fine so now she's on to this discussion about the actual deal points there I do have an update they are actually point by point responding to her so what happened is after your story rand they went and met with the mayor and they said no attorneys allowed no city attorneys nor SDSU attorneys went there and they said here's our answer and let's figure some of these points out as he made and then she came out with these fourteen points most of her points are some version of we're selling the stadium to you we want to sell it as is and we don't want to you know get some lawsuit from you in the future or this says you're gonna have to pay prevailing wages we don't want them to ever sue the city if you don't and if you only let university groups use the river park you know in a priority for us and we don't wanna get sued if somebody says that's illegal for city property those kinds of things are buried into these fourteen points and my understanding is that the the university is now going to respond in a written sort of memo not change their PSA but a memo sort of put in context on all those points there's another interesting point that she brought up she said that you know normally for affordable housing sis the S. issues agreed to put ten percent of the four thousand six hundred housing units aside as affordable housing units and not pay the a movie they were gonna actually build them but they want to manage them through the CSU system as they do for other affordable housing units across the state and L. it made the point that maybe that housing commission should do that for the city instead as as all the things done here are so there's little things like that that are actually a big deal to those agencies but you know are they gonna hold up the entire sale I don't know yeah they're all they're all fine points right like like like I don't mean fine as in there perfectly acceptable I mean they're fine Lee grained deal points they're probably not overwhelmingly points that will sway you from one side or the other to thinking this is a good or bad deal or good or bad use of that land I think for most people I don't know if that's fair yeah and I think this is where the the sides being played out themselves really comes in the city led by the city staff as opposed to the city attorney really wants this deal done like they do and they want the money in the bank and they want to not pay for the stadium anymore in fact one of the deal points it's kind of concerning for the city attorney is that they want if this can't get close by July they want city or state to renegotiate a better lease for the city where they pay more for the city to operate that stadium and so it you know that the basically I think that somebody does does transition to like okay is this a political risk and with we're taking is this a deal I'm I want to do with all these things that my lawyer has told me I may need to worry about and and you know to this extent like everybody's kind of playing their role at that point then the mayor is trying to negotiate a good deal the city attorney bringing up things to worry about in the city council's then gonna decide ultimately you know whether it's something to sign off on yeah I think that's a good way to put it is that like what more Elliott is doing in that respect is is totally appropriate but also it would be totally appropriate for the city council to say we hear you thank you for being a good lawyer you've informed us and now it's our time turn to make a decision so speaking of of the crisis that this S. yes you in the CSU system gonna smoke good deal it seems like on financing because of what's happening they were able to borrow a lot of money at about at two point nine percent interest here's the deal they they also revealed a lot of how the economics are going to work for this initial effort to prepare the land and to build the stadium so there's going to be two giant of like financing efforts one is three hundred and fifty million dollars and that is to prepare the land to buy the land from the city to prepare the.

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