Why did I support SDSU West?
Because 50 years from now, Mission Valley will be home to a project that is economically, socially, and environmentally beneficial, and affirms our city’s identity as an international hub for innovation by educating thousands of San Diegans who will get good jobs and thriven our economy.
And, simply put: SoccerCity was a bad deal.
Before I was elected to the City Council, the Mayor was holding secret meetings with SoccerCity.
And, prior to the election, the City Attorney filed lawsuits in an attempt to keep the SDSU West and SoccerCity initiatives off the ballot, both of which she lost, costing taxpayers $600,000.
Voters approved a regional river park, transit-oriented development to reduce traffic, a new stadium, and research facilities.
Voters rejected a bad deal that handed public land over to private developers without City Council or environmental review, and permitted a giant shopping mall generating nearly 100,000 new vehicle trips per day in already congested Mission Valley.
I did my research and found that the city currently spends about $11 million a year to maintain and operate the Mission Valley stadium site. That’s over $30,000 a day in taxpayer money every day that we delay this transaction with San Diego State. We can’t afford not to move the project along in a timely manner.
So, I called on the mayor:
"The negotiations regarding SDSU West should be open, transparent, and based on the actual provisions of the voter-approved initiative, which includes promised parkland, needed road improvements and less traffic.
I believe that the City and SDSU should honor the will of the voters by following these guidelines:
1. No more secrecy at City Hall
2. SDSU needs to pay fair market value
3. SDSU needs to mitigate traffic and flood concerns
4. We need to prioritize the river park
Today, the Mayor’s Office and the City Attorney continue to drag their feet on finalizing the sale agreement, but I will continue defending the will of San Diego voters to make this project a reality.