Let’s talk about the elephant in the room that NO ONE is talking about! Many of you ask daily, “Why does San Diego have to pay for the EIR when this expense is normally paid by private businesses?” Many of you may be right for businesses looking to purchase land that is not the site of a major toxic oil spill.
You know those big, rusty, white oil tanks that have been adjacent to Jack Murphy… er, Qualcomm Stadium forever? Guess what? They leaked! They didn’t just leak either… they gushed freely for decades. They were actually built in to the ground with no shielding; so gas, oil, etc. just seeped freely in to our region’s largest aquifer.
Did the city sue Big Oil? Of course they did, but Big Oil passed the buck back and forth until the courts finally said they were tasked with the cleaning bill and had to have it cleaned up by 2013. Guess what? Kinder Morgan who owns the site now decided to go back to court on this where San Diego just won an appeal a few months ago to keep the $300,000,000 clean-up law suit alive.
So at the end of the day, there could be a sizable clean up effort and cost in order to utilize the Mission Valley site for anything at all. Do you really think a private company is going to spend $2.1M on a site that is attached to a $300,000,000 clean-up price tag? No, that’s the city’s responsibility and unfortunately ours as tax payers as well.
I can assure you that if the Chargers relocate to Los Angeles, they will be dead to me and the only team I will care about in the fall and winter will be my fantasy team. Let’s be honest… the only reason San Diegans root for the Bolts and the Padres is because they are our hometown teams. It’s not like they have ever been really good consistently and the few times they tried to go the distance, you knew they would vomit all over themselves… aka lose in horribly embarrassing fashion. It’s not San Diego’s fault as most people that live here aren’t from here and they have no interest in supporting mediocrity. Can you blame them? They probably grew up somewhere on the east coast where the weather is horrible but their team was decent… maybe even good enough to win a championship once. There are no modern championships in San Diego for professional sports and most people didn’t relocate here for the sports teams… they are here for the beach and weather. So when you ask them to vote on building a stadium, they have no interest and can you blame them?
I won’t blame them for not supporting my Chargers and Padres, but if you’re going to live in this city and bitch about the costs of a new stadium then you should probably understand how revitalization projects like Horton Plaza and PetCo Park have helped transform San Diego in to America’s Finest City.
•San Diego’s redevelopment agency estimates there is $3 billion of construction underway or on the drawing board downtown, including $1.4 billion near the ballpark.
Mission Valley makes perfect sense from an Urban Planning & Development standpoint as the I-8 corridor cannot currently handle the capacity that travels through there daily and will certainly not be able to handle the new community development project with more than 500 units under construction adjacent to the 805 and Friars Road. At this point, Mission Valley is going to need a major overhaul of side streets, on ramps, off ramps, etc. to handle a moderately growing San Diego.
For those of you who don’t understand why the stadium will not work Downtown with the Convention Center, let me brake it down in laymen’s terms. The convention center is an honor student planning out their future years in advance and doing years of homework prior to the current year while the NFL is the stoner student who can barely put a schedule out before the season starts scrambling to finish the assignment before the due date. So why would the Convention Center break away from a successful business model with events planned out for years in advance; want to deal with the headache of the NFL’s schedule which only comes out a couple of months before the season. That makes no sense to the Convention Center people and they’ve done just fine with ComiCon etc., they just don’t need it and don’t want it. That’s fine by me because Mission Valley needs more help than downtown from an Urban Planner’s perspective.
Get it done in Mission Valley Chargers because if you leave San Diego, you’re dead to us and having lived in LA for 10 years, I can assure you that you’ll be dead up there too when the buzz wears off… and if you continue to be what you have been over the past 37+ years while I’ve been alive, LA will reject you because they only want Champions up there. “It is what it is.”
Am I stuck in Ground Hog Day!? What The Fuck Dean? In all seriousness, how long do we have to watch this crap linger with our football team… By The Way Dean, you are lucky “We” are still referring to the Chargers as “our” team as opposed to “your” team.
If you do not get rid of AJ and Norv at the next possible juncture Dean, you run the risk of San Diegans not caring about “your” team any time soon. I think every San Diegan with a decent football IQ saw this coming 6 years ago. I would be willing to bet my life that the only person in San Diego who was stupid enough to think that Norv could take us to the Promise Land, was AJ Smith.
AJ Smith is also the guy who watched Brees and Rivers practice side by side for years and made the determination that Rivers was somehow head and shoulders above Brees… it is obvious who has the head and the shoulders to win a Super Bowl… Not AJ or Rivers… Yes, it was/is Brees. Not to mention the blown personnel moves in Michael Turner, Sproles, VJax, Wes Welker, Clay Matthews, Larry English, Jacob Hester, and on and on and on.
AJ DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS ON YOUR WAY OUT WITH NORV!
NOTE TO DEAN SPANOS: Fire AJ and start interviewing General Managers so they can start their fucking Head Coach search! WHAT THE FUCK!?
If you missed this article by Deadspin, you should check it out because its pretty fucking hilarious and on point. It outlines pretty well why the Bolts will not do anything in 2012 and I must say I agree. If you get pissed off because I’m not ra ra on the Bolts its because I live in the real world and know that the Dolts will replace our Chargers whenever we need them most under Norv. It’s a pathetic display every year under Norv regardless of record.
Pro-Football Talk ranked the Chargers at 16 and here’s how they summed it up. “We ranked the Chargers as a middle-of-the-pack team for 2012 because Turner has been on the job for five seasons, and San Diego’s final-year positioning has essentially gotten worse on an annual basis. Some of it has to do with bad luck. Most of it has to do with underachieving, and we’re not sold that the ’12 Chargers are good enough to push the envelope they’ve established in the AFC.”
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Lot’s of talk regarding Vincent Jackson… again! This is getting to be a lot like the Kardashian bullshit that San Diegans despise when it comes to our sports teams. At least he’s not bringing it on himself like Shawne Merriman did. That being said, this is getting really old. The Chargers have seriously blown it the past two years by jerking their players around and failing to sign impact free agents. Much like the Padres, the Chargers have been acquiring 2nd tier free agents or players past their prime, albeit serviceable at times, but not in the same category as a Julius Peppers. The Chargers need help with pass rush… LOTS OF HELP! I think the monks down in Tibet know that the Chargers pass rush has been a joke since Merriman stopped being a factor.
So here we are a few weeks from the free agency deadline of March 15th. The Chargers kept the Dynamic Duodenum and hinted heavily that they would be players in free agency to offset the anger towards the franchise for keeping Norv & AJ. I’m a born and raised San Diegan and actually think that could make a difference, but I’m a born and raised San Diegan and KNOW that it won’t make a difference.
So keep Jackson or let him go, the Chargers will still come out unprepared to start the game and won’t wake up until the 4th quarter so long as Norv is the coach. AJ is still the manager who did okay for a while, but doesn’t change the fact that he’s been a pompous ass since he’s been here… and is back out there saying he doesn’t like other team’s free agents and he’s interested in signing ours. Good job on Sproles with that philosophy… whatever, its not like the Bolts used him correctly regardless.
This thing has become a shit show and is pretty frustrating. Let’s just hope the Bolts sign some good players and don’t totally eviscerate themselves… AGAIN!
PS. Sign VJAX to a big deal please bc he’s a prima donna and will dog it if he doesn’t get it… That or let him go, but don’t franchise him again please… he’s a bitch!