Downtown Redevelopment Deal Sours County Supervisor

Architects of the deal admit negotiations should have been more transparent.

By Susan Taylor
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:09 PM PDT
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Downtown Redevelopment Deal Sours County Supervisor

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Banners symbolic of the American flag are unfurled on the field before the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys on September 11, 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Cowboys won 28-24.

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The architects behind a controversial state bill that extended the life of  The Center City Development Corporation, San Diego's downtown redevelopment agency, say they're sorry for how the deal came about, though they're not sorry that it did get done. 

The bill eliminated the cap on how much tax revenue the CCDC can put back into downtown redevelopment. 

According to KPBS, it was put together behind closed doors by Mayor Jerry Sanders, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, and CCDC chair Fred Maas.  

They have since apologized for not being more public about it, but they say the goal was to ensure it passed. 

Critics say the bill is a ploy to help fund a new downtown stadium for the Chargers and puts county tax payers at risk.  

"There is still no guarantee that county tax payers are going to be protected or others areas of the county that are outside downtown" said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. "This legislation took away all those guarantees."

Supervisor  Jacob said she feels betrayed by the bill because of the ongoing negotiations to lift the cap.  She says she supports a new stadium, but her goal is to protect county tax payers.And she says a lawsuit is a possibility.
 

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