Re: Lyle's Commentary on the proposed ball park
Lyle, right on. I think your comment about "highest and best use" is the real question. The City Council has a fiduciary responsibility to "get the best deal" as well as do "the best project."
A City would normally conduct a RFP (request for proposals,) but Lori did not want to do that. If any City decides its going to vacate a large chunk of publicly owned land AND also commit to use mega millions of public financing, and use those valuable assets for some redevelopment project, it should at the very least, "shop around."
For some reason Lori Pfeiler (and Dick Daniels) took the City down the road with the Chargers first and now with Moorad & the Padres. (note how well Lori & Dick did on November 2nd.)
I don't believe the City EVER talked with ANY OTHER BUSINESS, DEVELOPER, INVESTOR, etc. about their interest in doing some project on the CITY LAND WITH $50,000,000+++ OF CITY MONEY!
There of course would be a great deal of interest from the development community for such a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.