September 23, 2014
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Harris: “We can’t keep giving away our assets to big business.”
Just got off the phone with Councilman Ed Harris – he represents OB, Mission Beach and the rest of District 2, of course.
He had a lot to say about the Belmont Park lease that the City Council just rejected on Monday. He knew that we’d been covering the issue. Today, the U-T ran an article on the rejection, tacking in favor of the current managers, it seemed. Harris wanted to set the record straight.
Harris, you see, led a Council majority yesterday in rejecting the proposed new lease for Pacifica Enterprises because the cut the City is getting is not fair. All the Democrats followed his lead (Emerald was out) and are having the issue return to the Council in 60 days. The Republicans all voted to renew the current lease.
“We have to take in the big picture,” Harris told me. “We can’t keep giving away our assets to big business,” he said.
The deal that the City of San Diego has in the current lease for Belmont Park is not fair, he said in so many words.
“The City has received $1.6 Million dollars in 26 years – that’s only $5,000 a month,” he said. “It’s pathetic.”