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kpexpress Sep 28, 2009 9:19 PM

TOday I was calling a bunch of companies looking for monthly parking downtown; talked to a guy at Central Parking, and he said that they will be closing down there surface lot on Market between 7th and 8th Ave. He said they are being forced to close down that lot due to the start of construction.

Isn't that the lot that is owned by OM?

Fusey Sep 29, 2009 1:32 AM

Some interesting Census data was released today in the Tribune. It would be interesting to compare these figures to those 10 years ago.

http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/...e3d2802eb9f1a6
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/photo.../sep/28/62591/

HurricaneHugo Sep 29, 2009 4:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kpexpress (Post 4479085)
TOday I was calling a bunch of companies looking for monthly parking downtown; talked to a guy at Central Parking, and he said that they will be closing down there surface lot on Market between 7th and 8th Ave. He said they are being forced to close down that lot due to the start of construction.

Isn't that the lot that is owned by OM?

According to the CCDC site:

"
Located in downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood.

Block bounded by Market Street, Seventh, Eighth and Island avenues

The proposed project consists of parking lot demolition, excavation, shoring, environmental remediation, and parking lot reconstruction of a portion of the Redevelopment Agency-owned block. Project funding will come from a $1.5 million State of California Orphan Site Cleanup SubAccount (OSCA) Grant and private settlement agreement funds."

kpexpress Sep 29, 2009 5:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HurricaneHugo (Post 4479803)
According to the CCDC site:

"
Located in downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood.

Block bounded by Market Street, Seventh, Eighth and Island avenues

The proposed project consists of parking lot demolition, excavation, shoring, environmental remediation, and parking lot reconstruction of a portion of the Redevelopment Agency-owned block. Project funding will come from a $1.5 million State of California Orphan Site Cleanup SubAccount (OSCA) Grant and private settlement agreement funds."

Last year the Jim's from PUBLIC came and spoke at the Newschool, and they mentioned that they were doing some work for OM on that site. We'll see what happens. I called OM today to inquire, but I was only allowed to leave a message.

Fusey Sep 29, 2009 3:40 PM

What's supposed to be developed on the lot behind Albertson's? It's been fenced off and has had some scattered building materials on it for a long time now. I can't find anything on the CCDC website.

kpexpress Sep 29, 2009 10:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fusey (Post 4480306)
What's supposed to be developed on the lot behind Albertson's? It's been fenced off and has had some scattered building materials on it for a long time now. I can't find anything on the CCDC website.

Phase two of Market Street Village?

HurricaneHugo Oct 2, 2009 8:17 AM

Interesting map I found in the San Bernardino thread:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2557/...254766b0_o.jpg

Why those respective alternate alignments? (although they don't differ by much)

dl3000 Oct 2, 2009 2:56 PM

Looks pretty cut and dry for SD County. 15-52-5 done with some short detours to stations but those are the general alignments. If only there was a Miramar Airport then that would be a perfect station location.

bmfarley Oct 4, 2009 3:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dl3000 (Post 4486072)
Looks pretty cut and dry for SD County. 15-52-5 done with some short detours to stations but those are the general alignments. If only there was a Miramar Airport then that would be a perfect station location.

If Miramar were the SD airport... I just might agree with you. Because, Miramar would attract more long-distance and direct flights to far away places. More international flights could attract greater domestic flights from outside California. HSR could bring some of those travelers to the airport by train. A stop there just might be worthwhile... assuming trains would continue on to downtown San Diego.

But instead, SD airport is at Lindbergh. And because San Diego is in a corner of the country... 1) Lindbergh will never be a transfer hub and would attract more flights and associated travel opportunities, and 2) has relatively little opportunity for long-distance market due to the planes i) needing to be larger to meet revenue targets, ii) would have greater fuel requirements for longer flights, but would be heavier and that conflicts with the airport having a short runway...

...did I get all that...

Basically, Lindbergh should not be considered a viable stop. Lindbergh has a limited market and little opportunity to grow it. Lindbergh's attractiveness for potential HSR-to-Plane users, and vice versa, is rather limited. In fact, once HSR is up and running, HSR will attract large numbers of existing in-state travelers. The in-state market to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento may switch entirely to HSR... and those flights represent a substantial number of Lindbergh's users; perhaps 1/3 to 1/2?

What concerns me is the idea forwarded by Sanders for Lindbergh being San Diego's terminus. Users and commuters to downtown would then have to suck it up for an inconvenient and time consuming transfer to a train or taxi to get to downtown. How fk'd is that?

Make no mistake, Lindbergh was proposed as the HSR stop for two reasons, at most... 1) primarily (?) to make the super transit terminal on the east side of the runways, combined with relocated terminals, look better to the airport authority, and 2) because Steve Peace's employer... the Padre owner... has property interests on the east side of the airport. It was not proposed because it made sense for riders.. it does not.

HurricaneHugo Oct 6, 2009 5:16 AM

So for my Land Use Planning class, I have to go to a city/council meeting and have a report for it.

Any good meetings coming up?

When's the CCDC's next meeting?

bmfarley Oct 6, 2009 6:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HurricaneHugo (Post 4491637)
So for my Land Use Planning class, I have to go to a city/council meeting and have a report for it.

Any good meetings coming up?

When's the CCDC's next meeting?

I'd advise against Community Advisory Committee's, or CAC's. They have no influence and tend to sit and talk and do nothing.

kpexpress Oct 7, 2009 9:07 AM

Does anyone know anyone on CCDC's CCAC? I know one person who is on the committee that represents Little Italy. Anyone else?

tdavis Oct 7, 2009 7:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kpexpress (Post 4493647)
Does anyone know anyone on CCDC's CCAC? I know one person who is on the committee that represents Little Italy. Anyone else?

I've worked with most of them, why?

voice of reason Oct 12, 2009 3:14 AM

thread is dead without me
 
I see what a dead zone this place is without me. All I see is whinning by Big Winded Hugo and BFFarley, 'I wish, If only, in regards to Miramar. Stop your dreaming, its a Navy base and even the Obama admin. will keep it that way.

The federal govt. is broke beyond belief, the dollar is sinking because of the red ink and the economy is still weak.

California is just as broke as the Fed. but they cant print money, so they are screwed, especially with the sales tax not coming in.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=ahpLpu9sKLyY

San Diego City and County are on life-support, we dont need to rerun history there.

My question is, since all government entities are busted. Who will fund your white elephant projects?

SDfan Oct 12, 2009 8:48 PM

^^So besides berating fellow forumers, what is there to talk about?

Most of the construction around the county has slowed to a crawl. State projects are pretty much the only thing going, albeit from money we don't really have.

As for white elephant projects, I guess people like talking about them because... they make sense. A large centralized airport at Miramar, where there is enough land and transportation connections to boost an international enconomy into San Diego? No, that nonsense... The marines (not the navy you twit) own Miramar for now, we know. How about instead of complaining about forumers talking about projects that make sense, you come up with other topics? Is there anything you would like to say Mr.Thread-Keeper that would be beneficial? Because hacking on other forumers who come to a development forum to talk about future developments they would like to see isn't really benefical to anyone but your ego.

Anywho, I just read in the SDNN that they are going to be having meetings across the county about the different high-speed rail alignments.

http://www.760kfmb.com/Global/story.asp?S=11297852

eburress Oct 12, 2009 10:37 PM

I think the twit may have meant that although Miramar is a Marine base, it is "owned" by the Department of the Navy. Obviously, the government "owns" Miramar, but you get my meaning.

California is in the red because instead of doing things to create a more pro-business environment (increasing trade, building airports, decreasing taxes, changing anti-business legislation), they do the opposite. Increase taxes and pass anti-business legislation, driving out business and shrinking their tax base.

I apologize in advance for another Texas reference, but it is exceedingly relevant to mention that the city of Fort Worth (along with the FAA and Hillwood Development) built Alliance Airport which has generated $33.8 BILLION for North Texas’ economy and has contributed over $625 MILLION in property tax revenue for the city of Fort Worth (as well as the cities of Haslet and Roanoke). Alliance has also created 29,000 jobs to date and 1,900 jobs were created in the past year alone.

Investments like this would cure EVERYTHING that's wrong with San Diego's (and CA's) budget. San Diego might not be able to afford some of these projects, but it can't afford not to.

BrandonJXN Oct 12, 2009 10:51 PM

You Diegeans sure love Texas.

:frog:

eburress Oct 12, 2009 11:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThreeHundred (Post 4502320)
You Diegeans sure love Texas.

:frog:

My theory is that half the city's residents are either from Texas or at least have Texas ties. :)

staplesla Oct 13, 2009 12:10 AM

Waterfront Construction Foes Get Lawsuit Tossed
 
A lawsuit that opposed the first phase of remaking of San Diego’s waterfront was dismissed by a Superior Court judge, the port announced Oct. 9.

The suit filed by a group called Public Rights to Bay Access and Parks sought to put a halt to the first phase of a multiyear construction project along the city’s waterfront called the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan.

The group alleged that the port violated numerous provisions of the state’s environmental laws and the California Coastal Act, and that the agency did not properly analyze the effects of other bay front projects in the area.

The port planned to begin working on the first phase of the project later this year. That first phase consisted of building a 105-foot wide sidewalk that would include garden area, public art and a restroom along Harbor Drive from the Navy Pier to the B Street Pier, as well as road improvements to Broadway.

The estimated cost was about $28.6 million. The estimate for the overall waterfront improvement project is $200 million.

The plaintiffs filed an appeal on the ruling that is pending before the California Coastal Commission. A hearing on the appeal is expected to be heard early next year, according to the port district.

The project cannot begin construction without the approval of the commission.

http://www.sdbj.com/article.asp?aID=...80&aID2=141494

dl3000 Oct 13, 2009 2:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by voice of reason (Post 4501348)
I see what a dead zone this place is without me. All I see is whinning by Big Winded Hugo and BFFarley, 'I wish, If only, in regards to Miramar. Stop your dreaming, its a Navy base and even the Obama admin. will keep it that way.

The federal govt. is broke beyond belief, the dollar is sinking because of the red ink and the economy is still weak.

California is just as broke as the Fed. but they cant print money, so they are screwed, especially with the sales tax not coming in.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=ahpLpu9sKLyY

San Diego City and County are on life-support, we dont need to rerun history there.

My question is, since all government entities are busted. Who will fund your white elephant projects?

The president doesn't mess with military bases. That is BRAC's responsibility. Gitmo is still a base he just ordered the prison shut.

And the reason California is broke is all the conflicting propositions that snatch all kinds of money.

staplesla Oct 13, 2009 3:35 AM

New SD City Hall A Step Closer
 
The city of San Diego took the next step Monday toward building a new $432 million City Hall by entering into exclusive negotiations with a developer.

The City Council voted 5-3 to begin talks with Portland, Ore.-based Gerding Edlen.

The council retained the right to back out if the building won't save the city money over current costs to lease downtown office space and maintain the 1964 City Hall.

Council members Carl DeMaio, Donna Frye and Sherri Lightner objected to the negotiations in part because there was no requirement that the project go before voters for final approval.

“I need to have a commitment that we are actually going to give the public a vote because it is public money,” Frye said. “If it's such a cool thing and a great deal, then we should want a public vote.”

Mayor Jerry Sanders has repeatedly said the project would go before voters – possibly as early as the November 2010 election – regardless of whether the city is legally required to do so.

A council majority – Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, Ben Hueso and Tony Young – declined to amend the agreement with the developer to require a public vote and left the door open to skip that step.

“It's most likely that it'll probably go to a public vote, but I think we should reserve the option not to, just in case,” said Hueso, the council president.

The negotiations are expected to take less than six months and cost as much as $705,000. That money will pay for environmental experts, construction consultants and financial gurus.

The project calls for a 34-story City Hall with an underground garage at C Street and First Avenue, just west of the current building. It would consolidate city offices now spread throughout downtown and eliminate several city leases.

Two dozen supporters, from taxpayer advocates to community leaders to building-industry professionals, urged the council to enter the negotiations to see if the project pencils out for taxpayers.

Tom Sudberry, a real estate developer, called it a “generational opportunity” to build a major civic project because of the lowered construction costs from the recession.

“I'd like to really encourage you to think long-term,” he said. “Think about the legacy we can leave to the next generation.”

Young said he realizes some taxpayers may question the wisdom of building a City Hall during an economic recession. But he noted many world-famous civic projects were built during the Great Depression, including the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge.

“I don't think anybody here would argue that those projects were not helpful and beneficial to the people of those municipalities and this whole country in regards to their worth,” he said. “This is a great time to show vision.”

The point of the negotiations is to provide hard numbers for the proposed project. The size of the new building – originally proposed to create 1 million square feet of office space – and whether the city will sell or lease nearby properties to the developer will be part of the discussions.

After constructing the City Hall, Gerding Edlen hopes to build retail, housing and a parking structure around it to generate profits.

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stori...forward/?metro

SDfan Oct 13, 2009 4:32 AM

Does anyone see a proposal for a new city hall passing?

kpexpress Oct 13, 2009 8:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDfan (Post 4502709)
Does anyone see a proposal for a new city hall passing?

what happened to the proposition to research feasibility of moving the airport to Miramar in 2006?

I think that a lot of people will overlook the opportunity to take advantage of lowered construction costs and the amount of jobs it will create for people.

Hopefully this project will spur more growth and redevelopment along C Street.

mello Oct 13, 2009 9:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThreeHundred (Post 4502320)
You Diegeans sure love Texas.

:frog:

Well when you think about it what other metro areas are still attracting companies on any kind of large scale?? Dallas, Houston, and the San Antonio/Austin region have steadily been scooping up California companies even during this deep Recession/Depression. So I would suggest any city especially the Empire of LA should follow the lead of Texas at least in some regard. What is the city of LA unemployment rate now? 13 %... (San Diego is only lower because such a big percentage of our jobs are crappy low wage Hospitality/Restaurant gigs) So I'm not just picking on Los Angeles.

I don't think E Burress is just speaking about San Diego using these Texas strategies and concepts to grow an economy, every city that is mired in piss poor wage and corporate grow like SD and LA should take a look at what they have been up to. If you really read up on business news it seems like every other week you can find California firms relocating all or part of their business units to TX. The middle class of this nation seems to be relocating to Texas it seems :(

mello Oct 13, 2009 9:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDfan (Post 4502709)
Does anyone see a proposal for a new city hall passing?

I don't see it passing a vote with the Citizens of Backwater By the Bay no... And why should they vote on everything? Do other major cities have citizens vote on every large civic project? Seriously vote for the airport, vote for city hall, stadiums, etc. the average San Diegan has no idea what they are talking about.

Anyone over 40 just wants things to stay the same and doesn't care that young people have no access to jobs paying more then $12 per hour... Think about it people where are future generations going to work in this Metro area. Companies are leaving in droves and aren't coming back :rolleyes: This will be a city of nurses, cops, and crappy service, restaurant, and retail jobs if things keep up like this.

Note to all you "No growth, it will cause traffic and noise, crowd" this is not San Luis Obispo! This is the 15 to 17th largest metro area in the US. If you want a chill laid back vibe move to SLO, Lompoc, Monterrey, or Santa Cruz. And if those places are too cold, then Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama will take you with open arms.

dl3000 Oct 14, 2009 3:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mello (Post 4503611)
I don't see it passing a vote with the Citizens of Backwater By the Bay no... And why should they vote on everything? Do other major cities have citizens vote on every large civic project? Seriously vote for the airport, vote for city hall, stadiums, etc. the average San Diegan has no idea what they are talking about.

Anyone over 40 just wants things to stay the same and doesn't care that young people have no access to jobs paying more then $12 per hour... Think about it people where are future generations going to work in this Metro area. Companies are leaving in droves and aren't coming back :rolleyes: This will be a city of nurses, cops, and crappy service, restaurant, and retail jobs if things keep up like this.

Note to all you "No growth, it will cause traffic and noise, crowd" this is not San Luis Obispo! This is the 15 to 17th largest metro area in the US. If you want a chill laid back vibe move to SLO, Lompoc, Monterrey, or Santa Cruz. And if those places are too cold, then Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama will take you with open arms.

Agreed.

kpexpress Oct 14, 2009 8:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mello (Post 4503611)
I don't see it passing a vote with the Citizens of Backwater By the Bay no... And why should they vote on everything? Do other major cities have citizens vote on every large civic project? Seriously vote for the airport, vote for city hall, stadiums, etc. the average San Diegan has no idea what they are talking about.

Anyone over 40 just wants things to stay the same and doesn't care that young people have no access to jobs paying more then $12 per hour... Think about it people where are future generations going to work in this Metro area. Companies are leaving in droves and aren't coming back :rolleyes: This will be a city of nurses, cops, and crappy service, restaurant, and retail jobs if things keep up like this.

Note to all you "No growth, it will cause traffic and noise, crowd" this is not San Luis Obispo! This is the 15 to 17th largest metro area in the US. If you want a chill laid back vibe move to SLO, Lompoc, Monterrey, or Santa Cruz. And if those places are too cold, then Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama will take you with open arms.

Now that I come to think of it....... "Lazy Beach Town" and America's Finest with pop 1.3 million + just don't mix well. Hate the cliche, but it's like oil and water. And when I just typed that word "Oil" it sounded like O'l, the way they say it in Texas. Too much Texas talk on this forum, but they're obviously doing something right. Well said Mello, well said.

kpexpress Oct 14, 2009 8:42 AM

just wondering if anyone here is on Twitter? I'm @kpexpress

staplesla Oct 15, 2009 2:48 AM

Well my my firm met today and the company is moving to Dallas. All employees have been offered relocation which is great. Senior management said they "couldn't afford the increasing CA taxes, and the inadequate airport has been a hindrance for a while." So I'll maintain my CA home, but off to Texas I go!

eburress Oct 15, 2009 2:50 PM

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Originally Posted by staplesla (Post 4505799)
Well my my firm met today and the company is moving to Dallas. All employees have been offered relocation which is great. Senior management said they "couldn't afford the increasing CA taxes, and the inadequate airport has been a hindrance for a while." So I'll maintain my CA home, but off to Texas I go!

Wow - well, congratulations, staplesla! It's hot as hell, but Dallas is also a lot of fun. Great restaurants too.

Somebody ought to be able to see what's happening and why this state is in such dire financial straits. The state raises taxes, companies move away, the tax base shrinks, and in order to pay the bills, the state raises taxes... Stupid!

BrandonJXN Oct 15, 2009 4:05 PM

Again...San Diego and Dallas are forever connected.

dl3000 Oct 15, 2009 8:13 PM

eburress, I miss the french chick on your avatar.

eburress Oct 15, 2009 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dl3000 (Post 4506822)
eburress, I miss the french chick on your avatar.

hahaha - I was getting hit on too much by people thinking she was me!

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThreeHundred
Again...San Diego and Dallas are forever connected.

That they are. Dallas may be luring more companies, but in SD's favor, it is every Dallasite's dream to have a home in SD. :)

kpexpress Oct 18, 2009 8:31 AM

anyone know what's going on in the warehouse building on the corner of J street and Park Blvd? That building has that huge garage door and I think it was used as a grocery supplier. I saw them doing a bunch of work on that building like painting the exterior and covering up some windows.

kpexpress Oct 20, 2009 6:05 AM

I officially registered to be a candidate to represent the East Village on the CCAC as a resident tenant. Please vote for me (Kyle Peterson) on October 26 or 27 at Java Jones.

Growth-Livability-Community....East Village

S.DviaPhilly Oct 20, 2009 9:12 PM

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Originally Posted by kpexpress (Post 4510622)
anyone know what's going on in the warehouse building on the corner of J street and Park Blvd? That building has that huge garage door and I think it was used as a grocery supplier. I saw them doing a bunch of work on that building like painting the exterior and covering up some windows.


An intense gym, I saw a banner hanging up today that said "Coming Soon CrossFit." I like the color blue they painted it, and suprise, suprise someone already tagged it.

kpexpress Oct 21, 2009 2:07 AM

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Originally Posted by S.DviaPhilly (Post 4514792)
An intense gym, I saw a banner hanging up today that said "Coming Soon CrossFit." I like the color blue they painted it, and suprise, suprise someone already tagged it.

I noticed the tag this morning. I like how the blue is only painted to the corners of the building, you can still see the original brown color framing in the new color. Very cool.

voice of reason Oct 21, 2009 4:48 PM

Bankruptcy or Build?
 
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stori...&zIndex=186251

The article could have been titled Cognitive Dissonance is alive and well in SD.

SD has NO money so lets build our pet projects anyway.

California is in no better shape so lets build away.

eburress Oct 21, 2009 8:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by voice of reason (Post 4516288)
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stori...&zIndex=186251

The article could have been titled Cognitive Dissonance is alive and well in SD.

SD has NO money so lets build our pet projects anyway.

California is in no better shape so lets build away.

SD and CA need to make investments that will improve their money situation. Things that that will lure business and ultimately increase their tax base. It's the ONLY way things are going to improve.

HurricaneHugo Oct 22, 2009 4:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kpexpress (Post 4513731)
I officially registered to be a candidate to represent the East Village on the CCAC as a resident tenant. Please vote for me (Kyle Peterson) on October 26 or 27 at Java Jones.

Growth-Livability-Community....East Village

Was supposed to go to the last meeting to do a report on it but couldn't. :(

Derek Oct 22, 2009 7:05 AM

yawn

keg92101 Oct 22, 2009 9:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kpexpress (Post 4513731)
I officially registered to be a candidate to represent the East Village on the CCAC as a resident tenant. Please vote for me (Kyle Peterson) on October 26 or 27 at Java Jones.

Growth-Livability-Community....East Village

What is your platform?

kpexpress Oct 25, 2009 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by keg92101 (Post 4518661)
What is your platform?

LOL Never thought I had to establish an official "platform", but I can share with you my thoughts about the East Village, my qualifications, and my feelings about some of the pressing issues that most likely will be brought up during the term of service.

Keywords:
DENSITY. SAFETY. DIVERSITY. LIVABILITY. ENERGETIC. ECCENTRIC. COMMUNITY.
I support a more densely populated, community-oriented East Village, rich with diversity, culture and flourishing on mutual respect for all it’s neighbors, businesses, and environment.
Residents have the right to voice their concerns and demand action. Our lives, all independently different, share many common utilitarian and aesthetic needs. I am committed to represent all East Village Tenants and voice your concerns, interests, and demands; working together, to make a lasting difference in the East Village.

Qualifications:
Organizer/Co-President of the NSAD Urban Bike Club
NSAD Student Council Representative - Campus Clubs Sub-Committee
Professional Bachelors of Architecture Degree Student at NSAD (Third Year)
Urban Issues and Development Education Focus Track
Served Two Years Non-Profit, Volunteer Service Work in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Mass-Transit Advocate
Urbanite

Issues:
Location of the Temporary Homeless Shelter: the shelter has been located downtown for the last ten years, although the homeless problem is a city-wide issue. This year, the council wants to locate the shelter across the street of my school. I want the council to find a different location outside of downtown!

Off leash Dog Park: I have two dogs, and know what it takes to make a safe, enjoyable off leash dog park. Ample shade, water, variety of terrain, textures and smells. I would love to see the city focus on the future site of the Main Library for an interim off leash dog park. It's already fenced in, close to the most densely populated part of the EV, and not along Market Street where there are a lot of loud buses.

Main Library: I have serious concerns about the amount of homeless the new main library will bring. Our current main library is crawling with them. I'm not sure that many of the East Village residents will use a main library, although I DO support building it, I cannot help but think of the words of Jane Jacobs where she talks about putting city parks ONLY where there is an immediate need otherwise they will be underused and inefficient.

Ballpark Village: I would be in support of a large school development, but I would make sure that proper sight lines to the East Village clock tower at the 12th and Imperial transit stop would be respected. The clock tower should be visible from the base of the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge & the intersection of Tenth and Park Blvd. I also would hate to see another Hilton Bay Front Hotel like series of buildings. It would need to be iconic, pedestrian friendly and open to the public to cross through the area.

Restaurants: NO MORE SPORTS BARS, East Village lacks quick affordable and desirable restaurants. If you're looking for something quick, cheap, and good, without having to tip a waiter/waitress.... your choices are limited.

Dwindling Middle Class Housing: It seems that the only focus in the private and public development sector is luxury condos/rentals, or low income. If you're an average (struggling in SD) middle class you most likely won't want to live amongst near homeless people, or half-way house style housing. Where's a desirable and affordable option for the middle class.

Student Population Increasing: with NSAD growing at record rates, and the TJSL under construction East Village is evolving into a very student oriented neighborhood (along with City College). We need to ensure the trolley system is kept clean, safe and reliable to encourage students to travel via trolley and bus, and allow businesses to open up to support the increase of students.

East Village Events: I would love to see more street fairs in the East Village to bring new people in and support our neighborhood businesses. Gaslamp sure makes a killing off Marti Gras, halloween events, and concerts, etc. The East Village needs more than just Street Scene to lure people in to spend money.

Green Spaces: East Village needs more green spaces to make our streets more human and livable.

Anyway, there's a lot to talk about, but more importantly I am committed to the East Village and the Urban way of life. I support a more humanly scaled, flourishing East Village where people want to be (and not just near the ball park).

Vote for me Monday October 26 @ 5PM at the Lyceum Theater in Horton Plaza, or Tuesday October 27 from Noon to 6:30PM at Java Jones.

Must bring two item(s): picture I.D. (doesn't have to be a CA driver's license), AND a copy of your lease/rental contract OR a utility bill showing your name and address.

Show up and vote! And even if you're not a tenant and can't vote for me (as only East Village TENANTS can vote for me) come vote for the seat that represents you (i.e. business owners, and home owners).

Long Live the East Village. LOL

bmfarley Oct 25, 2009 4:27 PM

^^^
Kyle,
Good luck to you. I didn't see anything speaking to transportation.

I feel one of the biggest issues on the horizon for San Diego is where to locate the high-speed rail terminal station; downtown at Santa Fe Depot or Lindbergh Field.

Downtown is the superior location for the region, and would also be overwhelming positive for downtown business interests. The question should be how it should it be designed - elevated or below ground. At-grade crossings, like today, are not possible with high-speed trains. I believe below ground offers greater opportunities, plus you don't impact view corridors to the Bay for Broadway and every E-W street north of Broadway. A below ground option may also have the opportunity to relocate the existing freight to a below-grade alignment too, and which would ELIMINATE all the horn blasts . Many years ago CCDC looked into the feasibility of putting freight in a trench; however, was not pursued because of cost (?). With HSR and more funding coming for rail with the new White House, the feasibility of something like that becomes more viable. But, we're talking hundreds of millions.

staplesla Oct 26, 2009 2:41 AM

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Kyle,
Good luck to you. I didn't see anything speaking to transportation.

I feel one of the biggest issues on the horizon for San Diego is where to locate the high-speed rail terminal station; downtown at Santa Fe Depot or Lindbergh Field.

Downtown is the superior location for the region, and would also be overwhelming positive for downtown business interests. The question should be how it should it be designed - elevated or below ground. At-grade crossings, like today, are not possible with high-speed trains. I believe below ground offers greater opportunities, plus you don't impact view corridors to the Bay for Broadway and every E-W street north of Broadway. A below ground option may also have the opportunity to relocate the existing freight to a below-grade alignment too, and which would ELIMINATE all the horn blasts . Many years ago CCDC looked into the feasibility of putting freight in a trench; however, was not pursued because of cost (?). With HSR and more funding coming for rail with the new White House, the feasibility of something like that becomes more viable. But, we're talking hundreds of millions.

FYI - the channeling of the lines (trench) is already in the works. My wife is the project manager of the LA-SD HSR line.

kpexpress Oct 26, 2009 4:58 AM

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Originally Posted by staplesla (Post 4523601)
FYI - the channeling of the lines (trench) is already in the works. My wife is the project manager of the LA-SD HSR line.

Transit is one of my favorite topics to talk about, and I'm always supportive of expanding service throughout the city. I voted for the HSR prop in November and I've been a fan of HSR ever since riding the Shanghai MagLev train. I have always thought that burying Harbor Drive and the Freight Train Lines. I think that the HSR station should be at Santa Fe Depot downtown, and come into the city underground from Old Town if not further north.

As for issues concerning the East Village mores specific, I would love to see those older street trolleys get on the tracks sooner rather than later.

dl3000 Oct 26, 2009 5:30 AM

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Originally Posted by staplesla (Post 4523601)
FYI - the channeling of the lines (trench) is already in the works. My wife is the project manager of the LA-SD HSR line.

Is HNTB in charge of that segment?

SDfan Oct 26, 2009 9:40 PM

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Originally Posted by staplesla (Post 4523601)
FYI - the channeling of the lines (trench) is already in the works. My wife is the project manager of the LA-SD HSR line.

That's cool, any specifics so far? Is the project likely or just a sketch?

Fusey Oct 26, 2009 10:22 PM

^ It sounds it's still being analyzed right now. My company is in charge of the Fresno to Los Angeles segment and there are still a number of similar issues to figure out.

staplesla Oct 26, 2009 10:23 PM

She works for HNTB Corporation. Quentin Kopp, who is the chairman of CA HSR, used to work for HNTB. HNTB has been involved with many of the rail projects in the state, specifically with BART.

And I'd like to answer the second question but my wife has asked that I not divulge anything until everything is released for public review. I will state though that much of the comments I see posted on here are incorrect, one being that the SD-LA leg will be the last to be built. The reason for the change from Proposition 1 to Proposition 1A in 2008 was so that money could be allocated to any line, not just the SF to LA line. Nothing has been determined yet.


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