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Last remaining skating rink in City of San Diego fights for survival



SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – They were ready for stand and be counted. Ready to fight City Hall with all they have. But then, City Hall backed off, at least for now.
“The City council cancelled the meeting to approve the sale so the rally has been postponed as well”, says Brett Stang, owner of the only Skating rink left in the City of San Diego.
Skateworld has been around for 45-years, generations of families have lifetime memories. It appears the city’s need for another ‘big box’ store is more important than a local landmark, and something seems fishy.
City Council member Scott Sherman says it was simply a matter of “highest bid”. “They were part of the bidding process and we took the highest bid, they were not the highest bid”, says Sherman.
But that might not be the case. The owners of Skateworld say they offered more than five million dollars for the land, it’s not worth nearly that much. But they also says they would have gone higher, if given the chance. They were not given the chance. “Skateworld and it’s investors were willing to go higher, we are still willing to go higher, but it stopped. It just stopped”, says Stang.
KUSI has requested information about ‘why’ the council meeting was ‘suddenly cancelled”. The office of Georgette Gomez says the information is on the way.
As for Civic San Diego, crickets. No answer, no response, no interest. Civic San Diego is the group created by the Mayor to sell off “taxpayer property”, otherwise called ‘City Land”. Since they conduct their business in the dark, we have requested some light. KUSI has filed a “Freedom of Information Request” to get the records and the various bids.
Skateland is not just a revenue stream, it’s a pivotal part of that community. The only family entertainment within miles.
So here we go again. It’s the Big Box versus the Little Guy. If the little guy ends up losing, we all want to know why.


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