Public officials who claim to be “shocked” at anything these days should come equipped with a large grain of salt. The most recent example? Last week’s City Council review of next year’s proposed budget for the San Diego Convention Center Corp. had everything.
When termed-out San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria announced his decision last week to seek the seat of outgoing state Assemblymember Toni Atkins, rather than wage battle to be San Diego’s mayor, you could almost hear the helium hissing out of the local Democratic Party’s 2016 balloon.
In every political drama, there comes the shark-jumping moment. In the escalating Charger’s stadium war of words, the media battleship U-T San Diego may have produced it last weekend with an article that posed the question: “Did Mark Fabiani jinx the Chargers-Raiders stadium plan for Carson?”
You have to kind of feel sorry for Adam Day. As chairman of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's handpicked Citizens Stadium Advisory Group, Day—the son of former SDSU president Thomas Day, himself no stranger to controversy—seems perfectly suited for the heavily spotlighted volunteer role he's been handed.
San Diego Chargers general counsel Mark Fabiani had to fire up an old computer to find the details, but it was hard to forget what a New York financial consulting firm was proposing in 2012 to get the NFL team a shiny new Downtown football stadium.
Faulconer has put together something he calls the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group (sporting the unfortunate acronym CSAG), a nine-member panel of seemingly whip-smart business types given a fall deadline to put an actual plan to actual paper to get the Chargers a new home.