City of San Diego Retired Employees Association
October 9, 2018
General Meeting Minutes
The minutes for the September 2018 meeting were approved.
SDCERS Board Representative Charlie Hogquist reported that the payments on the 13th Check are being calculated; the Board is expected to approve the issuance of the 13th Check at the November meeting. He also reported that SDCERS is preparing for the implementation of pension calculations resulting from the Prop B case.
Vice-President for Advocacy Mike Bresnahan announced that the Advocacy Committee is preparing to have a series of “meet and greet” introductory/informational meetings with City Councilmembers, perhaps beginning in November. The purpose is to introduce REA to the Councilmembers. President Jim Baross announced that the Nominating Committee had developed a slate of Board members and officers: Brad Jacobsen (Secretary); Karen Butler (Treasurer); Mary Ann Stepnowsky (Board member); and Dick Wilken (Board member, replacing Ted Myrus). Additional nominations will be taken from the floor at the election in November.
The program was Jack McGrory from Friends of SDSU, who presented information about the SDSU West proposal for the current Qualcomm Stadium site (Measure G on the November ballot). McGrory stated that SDSU worked with the Soccer City proponents, but that negotiations fell through and now each entity is going its own way. (Soccer City is Measure E on the November ballot.) McGrory stated that the SDSU proposal will include a 35,000-seat football stadium that could also be used for soccer and can be expanded to 55,000 seats; a 34-acre river park; 20 acres of community park land; two hotels (one run by students in the Hospitality Industry Program); affordable housing; and student housing and classroom space. The project will be given full CEQA review and will conform to the Mission Valley Community Plan and the San Diego River Master Plan. If approved, construction would begin in 2020, with completion 15 years later. (By contrast, he noted that it took 14 years for construction to begin on Liberty Station.) He noted that the project has support from groups as disparate as the Lincoln Club, the Sierra Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and many Democratic clubs.