First, thanks to majiemae for digging through hours of video to find and post these clips!!
Well done Bob, My question is why has this gone on for so many years with no action from the city council?
That's my question as well. The lease was issued in August of 1998. It was a 5 year lease with a one-time option for a 5 year extension. So it has been in an expired status since August of 2008. Why?
Whats that all about? Usually its the big spenders win these things. That is really strange.http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/election/its-raining-money-in-district-1/
Also, this her second term and Sherry is being forced to retire this year due to term limits but five people are running to fill her soon to be vacated position and one of them is her Husband?
her husband is running to fill the vacancy? WHY? To keep things as is after Sherry is retired?
Bruce Lightner didn't make the cut in the spring primary, so the election will be between Ray Ellis and Barbara Bry in November. There was some discussion that Bruce Lightner entered the race to draw votes from Ray Ellis to keep him from winning outright in the spring. That may have backfired since neither Ellis nor Bry got over 50% ... although Bry came much closer. San Diego uses a crazy system where anyone who gets 50% + 1 votes in the "primary" wins the election outright ... without having to run in the normal November election. Before I knew about this rule, I would go to vote in November only to find that the seat wasn't even on the ballot.
I looked up Air adventures inc. on Dun and Bradstreet. they list an annual revenue of 490,000.https://www.dandb.com/businessdirectory/aircaliforniaadventureinc.-lajolla-ca-14603495.html
* Founded 1995
* Annual Revenue $490,000.00
* Employee Count 8
* Industries Airline Training
* Contacts David Jebb
Thanks!! I've made some "back of the envelope" calculations that estimate their income between 1/3 and 1/2 million per year (after paying their tandem pilots). That figure confirms it.
But I am getting the impression the 20 year lease was FREE? Any details on that lease? Who negotiated that lease? Was Ushpa involved?
The full lease is published at "takebacktorrey.com
" (a web site that I started back in 2008 when the lease was expected to expire). Yes, it was a free lease for a multi-million dollar piece of land. They have to provide 4 portable toilets, a "flight director" and insurance protecting the City for consequences of their business. David Jebb is a former San Diego police officer, and I believe his connections within the city government are behind this corruption.
You have been at this for six years? Has your struggle with the council been written up for the public at large to weigh in on this issue? It is turning into a news story Bob.
In the spring of 2015, there were several articles published in our local newspapers/magazines about the expired lease and abuses. The City was quoted saying they would put it up for bid soon, but as far as I know it still hasn't happened. There was also a brief television interview about the abuses. Here are some links (original first, US Hawks topic second):Cover Story of San Diego Reader: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/jun/17/cover-keep-out/ http://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1940San Diego Union Tribune (our primary local newspaper): http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/08/gliderport-lease/ http://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1912Channel 10 News Interview: http://www.10news.com/news/confrontation-at-torrey-pines-gliderport-caught-on-camera-072915 http://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2043
Has anyone posted these complaints and violations on yelp to warn Wannabe customers of fly torrey or Air Adventures? Are they both the same company?
Any Torrey Hawks could post on yelp.....just as an ordinary person....not as a pilot. about the dirty toilets, bad manners, rudeness, cigarette smoking, and unsafe flying practices to warn wannabe para-luggage to go elsewhere to learn.
I think Air California Adventure is the legal name of the business, and I think flytorrey.com is their official web site. I haven't posted to Yelp, but I've seen complaints posted by customers.
There is no doubt in my mind that the City of San Diego is protecting this business. From the expired lease to the discontinued Torrey Pines City Park Advisory Boad, the whole thing smells of corruption. I believe it involves our former police chief and former mayor Jerry Sanders (who now heads up the Chamber of Commerce). David Jebb and Jerry Sanders may very well know each other from their time on the San Diego Police Department. Even though I haven't proven that, it would explain a lot of what we've seen in the past decades at Torrey Pines.