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Letter to Dan Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders  (4/17/2009)

April 14, 2009
Mayor Jerry Sanders
City of San Diego
11th Floor, 202 C Street
San Diego, CA. 92101

Dear Mayor Sanders,

We understand that the Real Estate Assets Department has recommended to you that the Fairbanks Country Club’s outstanding rental payments be referred to the Delinquent Bill Collection Unit in the City Treasurer’s Office. This letter is to urge you to support the Department’s recommendation.  Further, if the Club continues to refuse to acknowledge its rental obligations, that the City consider terminating the lease.

Fairbanks Country Club was awarded an agreement in 1986 for the use of 400 acres of public open space in the San Dieguito River Valley for a private golf club rent-free until 2010 or until the Club membership sales exceeded 25 million dollars.  That threshold was crossed in 2003. However, the Club continues to baulk at paying even this amount. The last City Audit completed in 2007 indicated the Club has not made a payment since 2005 and, as of December 2006, was in arrears almost $170,000.

The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley is an incorporated 501 c-4 non-profit volunteer group formed in 1986 to advocate for the protection of the San Dieguito River Valley that runs through the northern edge of the City.  We feel the protection of the River Valley includes advocating for the most appropriate use of public open space within the River Valley.  We have been frustrated with the City's heretofore unwillingness, particularly at a time when you are forced to make tough budget decisions, to rectify what appears to be the Country Club’s complete disregard for its obligations to the City.  

Enclosed is a copy of the City’s May 18, 2007 letter to the Country Club regarding the delinquent payments and a copy of a letter we co-signed with three other groups concerning the issue.  We understand the League of Voters sent a similar letter of concern.

Thank you for your attention and response,

 

Jacqueline Winterer, President                 
Ann Gardner, Vice President
Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley       
San Diego First District

cc: First District Councilmember Sherri Lightner      
     James Barwick, Director, Real Estate Assets Department

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