Save Ash Creek
04/24/06 Real world
takes priority over sports in San Diego?
It's been a long time since our It's a Bad Deal!! gang told Dallas voters that
we could not afford a new pro-sports facility, that the arena sales tax would
hurt (if not kill) our convention business, that basic city services would be
neglected -- that the team owners could afford and should afford to build their
own arena. Of course, former Mayor Con Jerk/Ron Kirk was beating the arena
drum for the billionaires -- not for commonsense or Joe Taxpayer's benefit.
The idiots in Arlington who voted to tax themselves and allow Jerry Jones to
steal other people's homes and businesses deserve what they get. Their
mayor, Robert Cluck, was leading the charge of liars.
from Colleyville, Arlington, Irving, Lewisville
Sunday, April 23, 2006
The other day a house was
burglarized in our neighborhood not at night, but when it was still light
outside. Nor was it by means of a back or side entrance sheltered from view.
It was through the front door, which was forced open, ripping the deadbolt
through the interior frame. Did the police respond? Only after three calls,
and about two hours later. But then, police patrols are rare in this
neighborhood, as no "elite" live here.
In the past, juvenile hoodlums have
roamed freely, defacing fences, new cars and garage doors, among other
things. They have no fear of any police presence, as a police patrol here is
so seldom that it amounts to about zero. Nor do vandals have to worry about
streetlights, as when they fail, they are not repaired, despite numerous
neighborhood is this that is the delight of hoodlums and thieves? Any
neighborhood in Arlington that is not considered upper crust.
You see, Arlington's government exists only to
serve the elite; the rest are of no concern or consideration,
except when taxes are raised to support the
condemnation of property for the entertainment of the elite.
Ronald L. Weston,
I don't know about you, but I
took everyone of those stories of people being forced from their homes and
family memories to heart. It was surreal to know that in America a person
can pay for their home, pay their taxes, be law-abiding citizens and still have
their property stolen from them to give to a freak from Arkansas. Those
Arlington homeowners and business owners didn't lose their property for a school
or a bridge or a new road. They lost their homes and businesses so
Arlington could build a football stadium for a billionaire who could afford to
build it himself. They lost their homes so Jerry Jones could have a
stadium in one of the worst locations in the metroplex. They lost their
homes, even though the voters could see the lack of development around Texas
Mr. Weston's comments in the DMN letters to the editor above are particularly
galling, because everyone one of us knows his situation is real and not
restricted to Arlington.
That's why it's amazing that common sense is prevailing in San Diego -- not that
they had much choice.
Sanders calls Chargers unaffordable;
Mayor supports letting team talk with county's cities
By Ronald W. Powell
April 22, 2006
For four years, the Chargers and the city of San Diego have scrimmaged over
the team's wish to play in a new football stadium. Yesterday, the tussle
Mayor Jerry Sanders announced in an
afternoon news conference that the city has neither the money nor the time
to focus on the issue. Instead, he said the Chargers should be allowed to
seek a stadium deal elsewhere in the county.
Council President Scott Peters said
he supports the idea and will put it to a City Council vote May 1.
In moving to change the Chargers'
lease with the city, Sanders said he is unwilling to
spend public money on a new stadium when San Diego faces numerous financial
challenges, including a $1.43 billion deficit in the employee pension fund.
... ?I wanted to
allow the team the opportunity to look elsewhere in San Diego County so that
we have the opportunity of keeping them a regional asset,? Sanders said. ?I
think this proposal is in the best interests of the city's taxpayers.?
City Attorney Michael Aguirre said he opposes Sanders' proposal because it
would not require the name ?San Diego Chargers? be kept if the team moves to
another city in the county.
... Councilman Jim Madaffer, who suggested in
January that the team be allowed to talk to other cities in the county, said
yesterday that he wants the team to retain the name ?San Diego Chargers.?
... The team crafted several stadium proposals,
including the ballot measure that was scuttled in January.
Under that plan, the team would have
built a $450 million stadium at the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site in
In exchange for building the stadium,
the team wanted to ask voters to approve the Chargers
being given 60 acres of city-owned land at the site. The property
would have been used to build 6,000 condominiums, retail stores, offices, a
hotel and park. The team also would have provided $175 million in public
... Madaffer praised Sanders for wanting to amend
the lease, adding that it makes sense for the city and the Chargers.
... He said he believes Chula Vista and Oceanside
are the most likely cities to have a chance to land the team because of
their size and financial health, though they will have the same expensive
transportation, traffic and public improvement costs that San Diego faced as
it contemplated a new stadium.
Vista Mayor Steve Padilla said he wants to pursue the idea with the
City Council and residents. He said he will gather public opinion in
community meetings and likely seek council approval to negotiate with the
Mayor Jim Wood said he does not think his city has enough vacant land
to accommodate a stadium. The city also would probably
have to ask taxpayers for the money to support a stadium and other projects
would have to wait, he said.
Outside of San Diego County,
San Antonio's mayor said this year that the Texas city
is interested in wooing the team, but those talks would have to wait
Scott Alevy, a vice president with
the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said
Sanders is right to put San Diego's priorities above those of the Chargers,
but the business organization wants the team to remain in the county.
... Sanders said San Diego is in such financial
straits that he scrambled to find money in his proposed budget for next
fiscal year to fix city streets.
can't go out to taxpayers and say we can afford a new stadium, but we can't
resurface your streets,? he
If the Chargers choose to leave San
Diego after the 2008 season, the team would have to pay the balance on $60
million in bonds the city issued in 1997 to expand Qualcomm Stadium. The
city pays $5.8 million a year on the bond debt.
... If the team fails to strike a deal with
another city in the county, Sanders said he is willing to negotiate with the
Chargers on a stadium proposal that makes money for the city.
He said his ?No. 1 goal is to protect
the city's taxpayers. As such, I would not be able to
support the use of any public funds toward the construction of a new
We can't go out to taxpayers and say
we can afford a new stadium, but we can't resurface your streets.
Can you imagine Mayor Cluck or former Mayor Con Jerk
saying something like that?
||Mayor Sanders could do
whatever he wanted if he presided over most cities in the metroplex.
Dallas has over $3 Billion in needed infrastructure repair, but we are
spending over a billion just to do the Trinity Project, and that's not
counting the budget-breaking cost of maintaining the monstrosity in the
We certainly have a Marie Antoinette state of mind in North Texas.
Is it possible that we might
get some local grip on reality? If we don't, it's very probable that we
will face San Diego's problems sooner than we think.
We are having a special session of the Legislature to figure out a fair way to
pay for the education of all children in Texas without adding to homeowners'
overload. Whether that mean Grandma has suddenly found a $4 Billion
surplus or not, Texas businesses or looking at some sort of "business" tax
(translate that to income tax). Not all Texas businesses, however!
Jerry Jones, et all, wants pro sports teams exempt taxes on their broadcast
Pro teams want broadcast revenue exempt from tax
Friday, April 21, 2006
AUSTIN ? The state's professional
sports teams have united behind a quiet lobbying effort designed
to protect their broadcast revenues from a new
business tax bill making its way through the House.
leading lobbyists is the firm that represents the Dallas Cowboys,
although all sports franchises are included under the proposed change. An
estimate from the comptroller's office indicates that broadcast revenues
from the teams, if taxed, could raise $20 million a
year for the state.
The teams argue that the millions
they make from their broadcast contracts are out-of-state revenue, generated
from their agreements with the TV networks in New York and from viewers
Texas currently doesn't tax that
revenue, so it shouldn't tax it now, said Bill Miller, a partner in Hillco,
the lobbying and consulting firm that represented
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his efforts to win funding from car-rental and
hotel taxes for a football stadium.
The lobbyists are also trying to tack
the change onto the tax bill without a public vote in the House.
Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton
... said the new broad-based tax bill
creates "a new tax and a new tax base," he said. "Its intent is to tax a lot
of people who aren't being taxed now and expand the base."
... Some lawmakers fear that if enough
loopholes are added, the effort to approve a broad-based tax that will
provide steady funding for schools could crater, imperiling the
Legislature's ability to meet a Texas Supreme Court deadline to overhaul the
... Onto this playing field come the sports teams,
which initially kicked around the idea of trying to get the salaries of
their athletes exempted ? under the bill, only the first $300,000 of a
salary escapes taxation.
... The House Ways and Means Committee approved
the business tax bill Thursday, without the broadcast exemption. The bill is
expected to go before the full House on Monday. ...
I am not hopeful that our
elected guys in Austin will stand up to the pro sports hired guns. After
all the hue and cry about governments using eminent domain for economic
development, sports facilities were exempted.
We are in a huge international war, but professional sports is much more
important to our lawmakers. Our legislators in Austin have not been able
to find a way to equitably fund our public schools, but I suspect they will find
a way to grant Grandpa Jones his broadcast revenue exemption.
Still, way out in San Diego, their Mayor and council have finally had a dose of
reality and are focused on resurfacing city streets, rather than building a new
It may have taken bankruptcy to
make those politicians see the light of reality, but it's a start.