The stadium property in Mission Valley is the largest developable site in the city and is publicly owned. It represents a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve a spectacular outcome for all concerned – SDSU, the Mission Valley community, and the city as a whole. Given these benefits, C-3 and several coalition partners have urged the Mayor and City to conduct open discussions with the public over the terms of sale, prior to commencing negotiations over sale of the property. C-3 and its coalition partners believe that such discussions should have occurred even before the start of the initiative campaigns that led to the city being required to sell the property to SDSU.
More transparency is needed in the sale negotiation process. Like any real estate negotiation, there is ample opportunity for negotiation of terms beyond the sale price.
At the very least, C-3 wants to ensure that final sales terms include such priorities as:
If the process continues in a private manner, behind closed doors, any resulting transaction may be tainted with suspicions that it constitutes a “sweetheart deal” not necessarily serving the public interest. Yet, whatever is developed on the site presumably will remain there for generations to enjoy.
A more open process, involving both the public and the City Council, will ensure that such development will be a public asset now and for future generations.
C-3 has continuously requested an opportunity to engage the public on this vital issue. As such, we will continue to work as a stakeholder in SDSUs planning process and engage the Mayor and City Councilmembers on key decisions.
C-3 convened a meeting of 10 organizations on August 19th, to discuss review and commenting on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the SDSU West project. The organizations attending agreed to take responsibility for various portions of the environmental document, and then convene in two weeks to discuss assembling a set of comments to be submitted on behalf of the coalition.
Working Committee Members
Cary Lowe, Principal, Mediation & Facilitation Services
Roger Lewis, Urban Entrepreneur
Diego Velasco, Principal, Citythinkers