SoccerCity loses at city council, as expected

It was a fait accompli but Monday’s vote made it official: the SoccerCity stadium, condos, offices, hotel and river park proposal for Mission Valley will not appear on a special election ballot in 2017. In the wake of their votes last week, the San Diego City Council could only choose to directly adopt the SoccerCity initiative or place it on the November 2018 general election ballot.

After hours of interminable public comments pro and con, council member Scott Sherman aimed scathing accusations from the dais at labor, special interests and San Diego State itself. But with his fellow Republican council member Lorie Zapf having decided her attendance was not required, and with council president Cole having clearly signaled her opposition, Sherman waved the white flag and motioned for SoccerCity to get a citywide vote in November 2018.

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The sex number, the weed number, the serpent, the priest

By any measure, San Diego State men’s golf alum Xander Schauffele had a pretty nice showing at this past weekend’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The Aztec For Life and PGA Tour rookie found himself tied for second after the first round, a position I would most certainly fuck up myself. He did not. Through the weekend, Schauffele kept himself in striking distance to potentially win the damn thing.

After narrowly losing out on a PGA Tour card on the 2016 Web.com Tour (presumably Inter.net and InformationSuperhighway.org were already taken), Xander joined fellow Aztecs J.J. Spaun and Scott Piercy on the 2017 PGA tour via his qualifying finish at the Web.com Tour Finals. Would he pull out another last-minute success at the U.S. Open?

Indeed. He finished the tournament tied for 5th, shooting a final round 69 to earn a purse of $420k.

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SDSU just got a fighting chance to pursue its own vision for Mission Valley. It had better step up this time

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Monday’s 5-4 vote by the San Diego City Council to kill a November special election did not kill SoccerCity dead. At least not yet. The FS Investors group could push forward with a new timeline and potentially put the same vision before voters in November 2018 — provided the MLS expansion deadline isn’t as hard as they’ve been letting on.

Similarly, Monday’s vote did not necessarily offer irrefutable proof that San Diego State University holds ample local political sway and you must appease it or suffer the consequences. This vote was likely as much about the Council’s Democratic majority wanting to dunk Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s head down in a urinal and hit flush for the second time in as many weeks.

But I’ll say this for old alma mater on the Mesa: Playing hardball has paid off so far.

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Breaking: San Diego city council votes down special election

In a foreshadowed party-line vote, the San Diego city council today voted 5-4 against holding a special election in November 2017. The vote killed the mayor’s proposed measure to fund a convention center expansion and appears to end SoccerCity’s hopes of being approved this year.

More on this shortly.

City Council kills funding for a special election — for the moment

In a dramatic turn of shifting political winds, the San Diego City Council voted to eliminate $5 million earmarked for a special election on SoccerCity and a convention center expansion.

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Cal grad transfer Kameron Rooks cures your big man-related panic attacks

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Valentine Izundu and Rooks tangled up in 2016. Great picture or greatest picture? (via USA Today)

At the start of the day Friday, the SDSU men’s basketball team’s projected starting five looked something like this:

G: Devin Watson
G: Trey Kell
F: Max Hoetzel
F: Malik Pope
F: Jeremy Hemsley in a trenchcoat, standing on Jordan Schakel’s shoulders

As such, the questions swirling around the 2017-18 season included such doozies as:

  • Can Jalen McDaniels gain 55 pounds in a summer?
  • Can Nolan Narain get bitten by a radioactive spider?
  • Is it bad that this team has no established big men?
  • No, really. Is that bad?

At the end of the day Friday, things seem … a little less dire. You have Kameron Rooks to thank for that.

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AZTECS ALUMNI REPORT: DJ Pumphrey is going to be in a thing called a ‘pony set’ which is somehow even sexier than it sounds

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The Philadelphia Eagles have some big plans for Donnel Pumphrey. It seems the rookie is going to be utilized in something called a “pony set”.


A PONY. SET. FOLKS.

/fans self

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AZTECS ALUMNI REPORT: DJ Gay gets a new gig and the NBA’s third-best team is garbage without Kawhi

Taking a break from lifting entire cars over his head and breaking Batman’s spine, fan-favorite point guard of the 2011 Sweet 16 team DJ Gay has been named head basketball coach at Chula Vista’s Victory Christian Academy.

As a women’s studies major at SDSU who played professionally in Europe, Coach Gay will be a great mentor for these young men in both their basketball careers and growth as members of society. He may or may not also force feed them Creatine shakes and spend an unreasonable amount of time on deadlifts. He’s a large man, is what I’m getting at.

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Aztecs football drops 2017 hype video

The new San Diego State football hype vid went live today. It’s a 30 second spot with a season ticket sell at the end, an event of minor significance to be sure. What may prove more indelible: this image of Christian Chapman dropping back to pass from the shorebreak at what looks like Scripps pier.

Chapman visualizes a pass rush of frolicking coeds

One city. One football team, future home field TBD. Get hype.

No, Aztecs football is not going to be homeless

 

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Brutalist public works structure in a verdant floodplain

My Twitter follows tend of fall into two categories: political commentators (lord help me) and San Diego State Aztecs-related accounts. Lately – amazingly – it has been the latter group that has been the source of the most breathless panic and bed wetting. A sampling:

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Panic on the streets of College Area

Can we stop this now?

I think we can stop this now.

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