Last week, before and after basketball Coach Steve Fisher's retirement news conference, some 20 past presidents of the SDSU Alumni Association gathered around a table.
Two items were on the agenda: The recently revived debate over the university's Aztec mascot, a hot campus button; and the nearly ballot-qualified initiative to redevelop Qualcomm Stadium, a hot regional button that's going nuclear.
The decision whether to turn the Qualcomm Stadium site into a commercial, residential and entertainment hub centered around a Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium will be turned over to the citizens of San Diego on a special ballot this November.
And just like previous initiative proposals involving professional sports stadiums, the SoccerCity proposal is generating controversy.
I write out of a deep sense of concern over the deafening silence from the leaders of SDSU over the fate of the Qualcomm Stadium site. Unless you speak out loudly, clearly and quickly, you will miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something that will forever pay educational, environmental and other public dividends to all San Diegans. Not long ago, I was reading the latest version of the FS Investors' plan for a subsidized condo development at the Qualcomm site, and in my head all I could hear was the song by Ben Sidran: "Brand New Music, Same Old Song."