Morning Report: With the county fair in jeopardy, who will be held accountable?

A recent ruling by a judge in San Diego has left San Diego unsure they will see the iconic County Fair this year.

That part you’ve probably read about. But behind these headlines is a judge’s description of a seemingly inappropriate behavior.

The reason the fair is in jeopardy is that the judge’s preliminary order on a contract awarded to carnival operator Ray Cammack Shows gives the company the role of managing the rides and games at the fair.

The judge responded to the claim. The director of the Del Mar Exhibition Center, Carlin Moore, has been accused of forging the contract. But when Tigist Lane investigates a new story, Moore still holds her position and has not faced any disciplinary action on the part of the board overseeing the fair and fairgrounds.

The 22nd Agricultural District operates the Del Mar Exhibition Center on behalf of the state, and the governor appoints its board members from it. Tally Amusement has sued the county claiming the county changed the scores during the bidding process for 2021 to ensure Ray Cammack Shows wins.

Despite the judge’s astonishing decision, the district council refrained from taking any kind of disciplinary action and there is no indication that the council or state has opened their own investigation.

Click here to read more about the allegations.

The housing committee scandal returns to the discussion

The San Diego City Council will receive an update Tuesday (behind closed doors) on its lawsuit against a real estate broker who helped the housing committee find and purchase hotels for the homeless.

The municipal attorney claimed that the broker and his employer violated the state’s conflict of interest laws and presented a fraudulent presentation to officials. The housing committee admitted that two workers knew about the deal long before it became public, but raised no concern.

Scott Lewis and Andrew Keats have a refresher on the case in the politics report.

Dreams at the polls: Also in the political report, the city council committee will consider possible voting steps on Wednesday. Councilman Chris Kate asked voters to consider waiving the Midway Beach height limit to allow for a redevelopment of the sports arena.

transaction: It also seems that the meat between work and SDSU at the new Mission Valley Stadium has largely calmed down. Both sides exchanged several fire quotes a few months ago after union leaders accused the university of renouncing a previous deal.

In the podcast: Our hosts dug last week into a story by Lewis about the longevity of tent enclosures and why so many people choose to live in them over shelters. They also talked about the development now, after San Diego officials admitted they would not build a massive transit center in the Navy’s huge NAVWAR building.

The playground at Dennis V Allen Park in southeast San Diego. Photo by Megan Wood

The mayor reveals new budget requests

The Union-Tribune reported on Friday that San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria is proposing general increases in spending on parks, arts, homeless services, the fight against climate change and other quality of life services, all from graffiti reduction to infrastructure.

He is able to do so thanks to the remaining federal aid, renewed tax revenues and a shrinking annual pension payment.

“What we want to achieve with this budget is to start the transition from a kind of responsive and crisis-oriented approach to a much more stable and service-minded approach and able to meet the expectations and needs of our residents and neighborhoods. Our city,” the mayor told the newspaper.

The EPA and IBWC are finding a way around the congressional podium on the issue of Tijuana pollution

While San Diego is waiting for Congress to figure out how the border region can get its funding for building a larger and better Tijuana sewage plant, the EPA and IBWC say they have found a way forward to avoid further delays.

Basically, the Clean Water Act allows the EPA to give the IBWC some money to start planning and designing the same U.S.-side sewage plant that helps treat tehiana sewage that could spill across the border into San Diego.

But, the EPA said that the current plant – which has some late repairs – will need some upgrades first. Will the $ 300 million from Congress to do all this work be enough cash?

Read more of the story here.

In other news

  • Mother Jones compared evacuation and census data in California and concluded that families living in Rob-Latino neighborhoods faced a higher lock-in rate than people in Rob-White neighborhoods. The magazine described one such family in Chula Vista.
  • A video of city crews destroying bicycles while cleaning a homeless tent has gone viral on social media. The municipality addressed some of the outrage in Twitter posts and said the bikes had been tested and determined to be inoperable.
  • The San Diego City Council is expected to consider selling a little over 5 acres for $ 35.1 million and approving new construction for medium and tall buildings in Tailgate Park. The $ 1.5 billion development plan has drawn some criticism from people who say the city should give priority to affordable housing, the Union Tribune reports. (Please note this link if for subscribers only)
  • KPBS reports that as the job market heats up, the Navy is offering a $ 25,000 signing bonus for new sailors who agree to send for training by the end of June.

Fix: An earlier version of the article, “How San Diego Will Feed Her Appetite for Solar Energy” incorrectly identified Bill Powers’ affiliation. He is a member of the board of directors of our Community Protection Foundation.

This morning’s report was written by Tigist Lane, Mackenzie Elmer and Jesse Marks. It was edited by Andrea Lopez-Wilfania.

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