… and the Olympic Training Center Will Transfer To Chula Vista
Chula Vista Will Take Over The Olympic Training Center
The Chula Vista City Council voted unanimously to transfer the Olympic Training Center to Chula Vista in 2017. The switch will cost the City approximately $4 million per year. Councilwoman Patricia Aguilar called the overwhelming praise for the transfer a “love fest,” before asking several pointed questions, mostly directed at the third-party Point Loma Trust, which will become the third-party operator.
U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has promised to pay $3 million per year for four years for use of the facilities. The City must come up with the rest of the approximately $8 million in expenses. While public speakers and most councilmembers hailed the move, the website Focus on Chula Vista is more skeptical. In particular, some argue that the reason why the USOC wanted out is precisely because the center never achieved its desired potential as a tourist hot spot. That means, it might become a money-sink for CV.
Eastlake III HOA Shenanigans Continue
The Homeowner’s Association at Eastlake III continues to have troubles. Since the major news outlets don’t want to cover it, residents have taken to social media to alert citizen’s of the problem. Here are the developments this week:
The current board majority, according to ECHO — Eastlake III Concerned Home Owners — wants to hold onto their power. As a consequence, they keep postponing elections. This takes away the voting rights of the residents. The problem? The current board has spent thousands on legal fees. As of February 11th, ECHO reported:
In addition to indefinitely postponing the election (originally scheduled for February 9; postponed by the board majority to February 23; postponed by the same board majority to March 8; and now postponed indefinitely), the current board majority on the Eastlake III HOA board decided to lower homeowners’ HOA association dues by $2 per month.Everyone likes to have more money in their pockets, but here’s why we consider the board’s action to be reckless and fiscally irresponsible.
There are 3,133 homes in Eastlake III. Lowering the dues by $2 per month takes $6,266 per month ($75,192 per year) out of the association’s operating budget. That means the association will have $75,000 less per year to maintain Eastlake III’s facilities (pools, clubhouses, weight room, landscaping, etc.) and provide the community events to which we have been accustomed.
The current board majority made this decision even though they haven’t formally reviewed the association’s budget in approximately 18 months. They also made this decision even though in less than six months, they’ve spent nearly $50,000 for attorney’s fees–approximately TEN TIMES the $5,000 annual budget for attorney’s fees. What that means is that the board has already created a significant budgetary shortfall by spending huge amounts on attorney’s fees.
Southwestern Community College In Trouble
Meanwhile, CBS8 reported that construction is underway for a Wellness and Aquatic Center at the community college. The $52 million project is funded by Proposition R, which voters approved as part of a $389 million general obligation bond. Hey, didn’t they just build a massive stadium as well?
San Ysidro School Board Wants To Reconfigure Schools
Huard also tweeted real time while attending the San Ysidro School Board meeting. All eyes continued to be on trustees in the struggling district. The most important topic regarded a reconfiguration of schools. Shamed former Superintendent Manuel Paul, who spent time in jail, had shuffled school grades in an odd way during this tenure. Some schools were oddly K-3, while others were K-8, for example. Teachers and administrators were left confused, frustrated and felt it hindered teaching.
The current trustees want to reconfigure the district schools back to the traditional K-6 and 7-8 schools. Now, Vista Del Mar and San Ysidro Middle School will become 7-8, while other campuses will all be K-6. Huard tweeted: “Recommended timeline is 2017-18 school year, with the exception of Willow which would send its students to SYMS starting with 2016-17.”
Discussion of a charter school also came up with President of the Board, Antonio Martinez saying he wouldn’t support it because the district has unionized teachers.
Shirhan Shirhan Denied Parole
Sirhan Sirhan lives here, right in Otay Mesa. Specifically at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility where he was moved about 2 1/2 years ago. This week, we was denied parole for killing the Presidential Candidate in 1968, just a few days after the candidate visited San Ysidro.
National City’s Council vs. Chamber Rift?
Lincoln Acres School Doesn’t Like Border Patrol Recruiting
Lincoln Acres, an unincorporated community lying next to National City, took up the issue of Border Patrol recruiting at the Lincoln High School job fair. Students at the majority-Latino school were unhappy about the agency recruiting in their midst. Our very own Doug Porter who publishesThe Starting Line explains.
- Sandra Dibble at the Union Tribune reports that the peso has lost more than 20% of its value to the dollar over the last year. As a consequence, Tijuana residents are struggling. The San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce notes the same in their newsletters — their small businesses have been affected.
- Borderland Beat talks about “Cities of Crystal” — and yes, they’re talking about San Diego & Tijuana.
County Supervisor Cox and the Coastal Commission
San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox (who represents the South Bay) has sat on the Coastal Commission since September 2013. The commission this week fired the executive director, Charles Lester. KPBS reports that Cox has been frustrated by how slow things move to complete the Local Coastal Programs. Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz voted to dismiss Lester, serving as an alternate for Supervisor Cox who had other commitments that day. (Correction/Updated: 2/16/2016)
Our Frank Gormlie at the OB Rag has been following this story too and he has a different report than KPBS.
Our Starting Line reporter, Doug Porter, had even more to report yesterday morning. The upshot: the California Coastal Commission sacked the executive director because the board wanted someone more developer-friendly. Imperial Beach Mayor, Serge Dedina, weighed in to support the director, but to no avail.
Two Notable Events
A free concert is planned on Wednesday, February 24, at 6 p.m. “Sene Africa,” at the South Chula Vista Branch Library (389 Orange Avenue) in honor of Black History Month. Ibrahim Ba and Amadou Fall will perform music from Senegal.And the border is going inland! The University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies presents the tenth annual Border Film Week from Tuesday, February 23 to Thursday, February 25th.