SDSU West begins search for affordable housing – Voice from San Diego

Construction of San Diego State University Aztec Stadium in Mission Valley on July 14, 2021. / Photo by Noelani Sapla, The Daily Aztec

The redevelopment of Mission Valley’s old Chargers Stadium property is well underway, and the new stadium for the Aztecs, designed to anchor SDSU West, is nearing completion before making its debut next fall.

Meanwhile, SDSU is beginning to look for developers to build low-income housing on the 132-acre project it is building after voters approved it in the 2018 ballot.

The University made an inquiry on Tuesday for developers to express their interest in acquiring SDSU West’s first affordable housing component. It will be the first of two contiguous projects on a single 1.7-acre block of affordable housing. The university’s note to developers on Tuesday said the entire block could total between 200 and 300 apartments reserved for residents with average household incomes of about 60 percent of median income, with the first project expected to include about half of that will.

In total, SDSU West could contain up to 4,600 apartments when complete, and the university has committed to reserving 10 percent of those for people who meet those income restrictions.

The university’s tender says the stadium is scheduled to open in September and a 34-hectare river park on urban land adjacent to the project area will be completed by 2023.

SDSU will reduce the circle of interested developers in the coming months. She expects to issue a call for her final proposals in May.

Sliding down the Omicron slope

Christopher Longhurst, Chief Medical Officer of UC San Diego Health, posted an interesting tweet thread Monday on COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations. Compared to the previous week, Longhurst noted that cases and case rates at UC San Diego Health are down and that hospitalizations “for” and “with” COVID are up across the county.

“Fortunately, our ICU numbers are pretty flat, and recent admissions have COVID as a secondary diagnosis, particularly in trauma and obstetrics,” he tweeted.

longhurst also shared Friday that there are “several signs that we are slipping down the Omicron slope”.

COVID-19 summary:

Local reporters mourn the loss of a Tijuana journalist

Photojournalist from Tijuana Margarito Martínez Esquivel was preparing to photograph a crime scene in the city, which he had been doing for years when he was gunned down in his driveway. reports the Union-Tribune.

The weapon used in Martínez Esquivel’s muder was in connection with five other murders in Tijuana The officials announced on Tuesday. Some of these crimes date back to 2020. News of his death followed calls for justice from journalists and press freedom organizations.

San Diego and Tijuana journalists who worked with Martínez Esquivel mourned the loss of their colleague and Many are asking for answers. He has worked with national media, Tijuana news organizations and local publications such as the Union-Tribune.

Contributor to Voice of San Diego Sandra Dibble wrote on Twitter: “Very sad. Margarito played a key role in documenting murder scenes in Tijuana whenever and wherever they occurred, at considerable personal risk. He was trusted by many journalists. May his killers be brought to justice.”

The 49-year-old journalist was in the process of seeking state protection through an agency that cracks down on violence against activists and reporters, the Union-Tribune reported.

In other news

  • KPBS reports that a recent study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows ocean water off Imperial Beach could be even more polluted as researchers thought.
  • Two members of the Chula Vista City Council told NBC 7 they wanted Republic Services customers to receive credit for the month-long period that a strike halted garbage collection. It’s unclear if the city has the power to compel the company to provide refunds or credits. Fox 5 separately reports that the city has set up a hotline for Chula Vista renters to report overflowing trash outside of apartments and condos.
  • You may have a new district manager. The county reminded us that new county boundaries are now in effect after years of county redistribution efforts. Would you like to find out more? Here’s VOSD’s in-depth coverage of the redistribution, as well as a helpful podcast explaining how the redistribution works.
  • KPBS notes that local government officials are increasingly concerned with controversial national issues.
  • The Union-Tribune conducted an in-depth analysis that included reported crimes and police stops, and found that some large minority communities were more heavily enforced than predominantly white areas with similar crime statistics.

This morning report was written by Andrew Keatts, Lisa Halverstadt, Megan Wood and Andrea Lopez Villafaña.


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