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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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.
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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Pretty big news from the mesa today; or should we say, from Long Beach about the mesa:
California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Sally Roush as interim president of San Diego State University (SDSU). Roush will begin in her position on July 1, 2017, and serve in that capacity until a new president, selected by the CSU Board of Trustees, arrives in early summer 2018.
Wow! Boom. There she is, the first woman president, interim or otherwise, in the 120 years of San Diego State being a college-university educating place. This is significant not just for the historic first the hire represents. For our degraded sportsball interests, the hope is this hire can provide stability and credibility as the school tries to gain a foothold in its losing struggle for Mission Valley. Continue reading “SDSU names Sally Roush interim president, all past sins banished and forgotten”