San Diego Mayor on Sports Arena redevelopment, relief for minority owned businesses and Prop 15

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss several topics including redeveloping Sports Arena site, economic relief for minority owned businesses and why he says No on Prop 15.

The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that a grant fund created to help Black-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19-related shutdowns has raised more than $1 million.

According to the chamber, nearly 200 businesses have received aid in the first round of funding from the Black Business Relief Grant Fund. Several additional rounds of distribution are anticipated to provide relief to some of the 1,000 businesses that applied.

More than 400 individuals and 37 corporate donors have contributed to the relief fund. Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and the San Diego City Council also allocated $500,000 in emergency relief funding to the effort under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act from the city’s Small Business Relief Fund.

“Every penny from this fund gives more businesses the chance to stay open, pay their employees and survive this pandemic,” Faulconer said. “The road to building a successful business is hard enough even before COVID-19 devastated our economy, so we must continue to provide inclusive relief to a wide variety of small businesses and this fund speaks volumes about the widespread support San Diegans have for our Black-owned businesses.”

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Saturday that Brookfield Housing and ASM Global have been chosen to build an entertainment district in the Midway area that includes a new sports arena, thousands of housing units, park space and retail businesses.

“This project will be so incredible for this city for years to come,” Faulconer said at a news conference Saturday morning with other community leaders at the Pechanga Area, the 48-acre site of the 54-year-old sports arena at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. in the Midway District.

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