Welcome to the most important SDSU football season of our lifetimes. No pressure, fellas!

San Diego State opens fall camp today, and the stakes have truly never been higher.

Hey! Stop making that wanking motion, this is a family blog*!

OK, I’ll admit it. I rolled my eyes a little while writing that opening sentence, so I won’t blame if you if you did the same while reading it. In fact, I feel like I’ve written something approaching that level of hyperbole every single August that I’ve blogged about this team.

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New stadium ‘negotiations’ underway and other Aztec football tidbits

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The Mountain West Football Media Summit is underway in Las Vegas, but we’ll get to that in a moment. The most interesting SDSU football news of the day (OK, more like vague rumblings of the day) came out of San Diego.

One day after the SoccerCity folks unveiled the unfortunately-named #WaitForSD campaign — publicly pleading with MLS for an extension, as if their land deal is a book report on the Berlin Airlift — there was some SDSU-related movement on a couple of fronts.

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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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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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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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SDSU pulls out of SoccerCity peace negotiations, war over Mission Valley looms

 

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It was nearly two months ago that I predicted on this here blog that San Diego State’s anti-SoccerCity insurgency was in its death throes. I assumed that the decision to have Mayor Kevin Faulconer intervene to try to get something – anything – out of the deal for SDSU was merely the first step in the university’s capitulation.

That prediction, uh, hasn’t aged so well.

WELP.

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