A vote on a proposed new ballpark in Escondido, Cal. has been delayed indefinitely by the City Council, as a final agreement between the city and team owner Jeff Moorad still needs to finalized, while the potential funding source remains in limbo.
The vote has been delayed before, the last time to next week. Now it appears the earliest a vote could happen is the end of March or the beginning of April.
Two issues are at play here. One is the lack of agreement between the city and Moorad over a deal; a group led by Moorad would move the Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) to a new Escondido ballpark. But there are plenty of points of contention still needs to be worked out, including the team’s name (the city wants a clause ensuring Escondido is part of the name and not the broader North County), who would cover cost overruns in case the project’s price tag exceeds $55 million, and the need to use redevelopment (as opposed to general) funds on the project.
Which leads to the second issue: the reliance on redevelopment funds at a time when Gov. Jerry Brown is working to shut down every city and county redevelopment agency in the state and diverting revenues to state coffers for basic services. Without the redevelopment money, there’s no Escondido ballpark.
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