7950 Othello Ave. / Image by Megan Wooden

If you were being underneath the impact that San Diego was only dealing with one actual estate deal involving a very long-phrase lease and thousands and thousands of dollars’ really worth of unexpected renovation prices, I’m sorry to be the bearer of undesirable information. 

As Andrew Keatts stories, the town signed a very long-term lease offer for a assets in Kearny Mesa in 2017 but nevertheless cannot use the space. The strategy was for the metropolis to have a residence in which it could maintenance town fire vans. Obtaining the residence ready was meant to charge $6.5 million.

Stop me if this appears common but “once the metropolis took regulate of the home, however, officials discovered that the design desires were being extra considerable than they experienced estimated, and that charge ballooned,” Keatts stories. “A Metropolis Council committee final 7 days greenlit the repairs, which will now run the city about $15 million. The comprehensive Council is envisioned to vote on the paying out upcoming thirty day period.”

On top rated of the restore fees, the city will have invested virtually $6 million in hire by yourself by the time the constructing is prepared.

The ongoing difficulties with the facility, which Keatts 1st disclosed final year, were being referred to as out in a latest metropolis audit that also blasted the city’s acquisition of 101 Ash St.

“The report explained the city requirements to commence appraising homes it ideas to lease right before it leases them, particularly if there are key repairs essential ahead of the metropolis can transfer in,” Keatts writes.

Border Sewage Answers Sluggish to Materialize Despite $300M Raise

Even the smallest sprinkling of rain, like San Diego knowledgeable on Monday, is frequently enough to near some community beach locations for the reason that of the sewage flowing via the Tijuana River.

Much more than 18 months ago, customers of Congress and other neighborhood leaders celebrated the EPA’s award of $300 million to assistance address the cross-border sewage disaster. Our Border Report contributor Gustavo Solis remembers the announcement as a large victory lap that politicians welcomed with a push conference. Yet there’s been little significant action considering the fact that then, Solis experiences. The EPA nevertheless has not declared the assignments it ideas to fund with the dollars. 

“Once the EPA identifies tasks, there will be a ‘pretty complete environmental evaluation.’ In other words, do not expect any big operate on the Tijuana River Valley any time before long,” Solis writes.

We’ll be keeping a shut eye out for that challenge list. As VOSD has reported, numerous of the initiatives that could address the issue are positioned in Mexico – but that’s not not where U.S. officers want to see the income spent.

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The Early morning Report was written by Sara Libby, and edited by Andrew Keatts.