The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction emailed the following press release this morning (January 16, 2013) about an ambitious effort to untangle, organize, and expose questionable actions to the public regarding the planned San Diego Convention Center Expansion Phase III. It’s a web site:
I’ve written extensively on how construction unions and hotel/hospitality unions abused the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to win a Project Labor Agreement and other labor concessions for this project. I even spoke at the September 19, 2012 meeting of the Board of Port Commissioners for the United Port of San Diego and revealed during public comment why unions had so many environmental objections to the proposed project (which they now eagerly support as a result of a subsequent deal.)
January 16, 2012Contact: Eric Christen (858) 431-6337
WEBSITE DEDICATED TO EXPOSING WASTEFUL AND FRAUDULENT NATURE OF SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION
From Rigged Bidding Process Intended to Give Unions Monopoly Building “Agreement” to Unanswered Environmental and Funding Questions Website Covers What Others Have Failed To
San Diego, CA – Today the website www.sandiegoconventioncenterscam.com was unveiled. This website is dedicated to exposing the waste, fraud, and abuse that underlies almost every aspect of this $600 million boondoggle. The website features groundbreaking exposés on every aspect of this project, most of which have received little if any attention from the media or anyone else in San Diego.
Among the issues covered by the website:
- Is the convention center expansion really even needed?
- Who is running this thing?
- Who will pay for it and how?
- How did the unions get a monopoly Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on this project?
- Are environmental concerns being ignored?
- Was the bid process that chose the general contractor rigged?
- And much more
“When we began looking into this process we had a certain set of presuppositions regarding what this was really about,” said Eric Christen, one of the individuals behind the website. “But what we came away with was an understanding that this process is utterly corrupt through and through and is nothing more than a scam designed to enrich a few while sticking it to the vast majority of citizens, taxpayers, and workers of San Diego. It is shocking.”
The website will be regularly unveiling information intended to keep San Diego citizens and taxpayers up to date on this $600 million scam.
Website Dedicated to Exposing Wasteful and Fraudulent Nature of San Diego Convention Center Expansion – San Diego Rostra – January 16, 2013