Bry and Gloria on Sports Arena Development and Measure E

by on October 19, 2020 · 4 comments

in Election, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and Todd Gloria were interviewed via email by the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board, and their responses were published in today’s U-T, Monday, Oct. 19.

Here are Bry’s and Gloria’s responses to the question about the Sports Arena redevelopment and Measure E.

The question asked of both candidates was this:

Q: Will —and how will—you accept and evaluate Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposal to redevelop the sports arena site?

Barbara Bry’s Response

I have serious reservations regarding the current redevelopment proposal for the Midway district, including the sports arena site, due to the lack of community engagement. While the local community planning group supported it in concept, the city did not involve the public in establishing criteria in the request for proposals or in evaluating the developer proposals, other than to solicit comments online regarding the two final proposals.

Given that limited choice, selection of the Brookfield proposal may have been appropriate, but it deprived the city and the community of an opportunity to obtain a potentially better proposal — for example, one that included a commitment for a substantial share of affordable housing or one not dependent on eliminating the current height limit. As mayor, I will first seek public input on what project features are needed at that location and then attempt to negotiate those with Brookfield.

If that proves unsuccessful, I will reopen the selection process, with better criteria. By that time, we will know whether voters approve lifting the 30-foot height limit In that area. If they reject that proposal, then Brookfield can be expected to withdraw, in which case a new request for proposals will be needed anyway.

Todd Gloria’s Response

As mayor, I will ensure that whatever gets done on the sports arena property is in the best interest of the city and taxpayers. A primary objective will be to ensure the project contains a sufficient amount of housing affordable to working people. If that’s not possible to do with the team Mayor Faulconer has chosen, then we will find someone else who can get the job done.

That said, our first and foremost priority should be to pass Measure E, which will enable the city to have greater flexibility in determining what ultimately gets done there.

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Avatar Deb porter October 19, 2020 at 3:46 pm

I believe that It’s a mistake towaive the height limit in the midway area. I’m voting for Barbara Bry!

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Avatar micporte October 20, 2020 at 8:55 am

me too…
except I’m confused..todd Gloria is supporting this?
thought he was a man of the people…the people who need a beach to go to, and fresh into the interior
dosent he know that developers are just playing him? not surprised, easy to be wined and dined by cool sophisticated guys..
there will be NO “low income housing” in this sector, no matter what they say, what a fool…
is anyone noticing that legal cannabis in our neck of the woods is fueling the development?
if only the rest of the US/world would follow, we wouldn’t have to be the only cool “safe” beach town IN THE WORLD enduring this onslaught… the onslaught of super rich world peeps seeking secondary homes for their beach/cannabis occasional retreats…

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Avatar micporte October 20, 2020 at 8:59 am

fresh ocean air into the interior, re-send

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Avatar micporte October 20, 2020 at 9:06 am

but BB is an old school (old gal) Harvard grad playing with the rich peeps too, from La Jolla….
do I trust her? do I trust him?
what a dilemma from two democtratos
can’t wait for the outcome.. what a cool election.. go to the urns, ye people!

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