ANC6D chair Andy Litsky has penned an open letter to Mayor Williams (posted at DC Watch
, scroll down to find it) alerting him to the Nov. 28 town meeting
being held by ANC6D
and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly
, "How Baseball Will Impact Southwest." He explains: "Whether by design or default, it has become apparent that baseball stadium project
management is balkanized. We'd like our November 28th meeting to provide an opportunity for all parties under one roof to provide our community with as complete a picture as possible of what is going on presently and what we can expect moving forward. Timelines and, more importantly, a clear delineation of who's in charge, would be most welcome." The letter goes on to cite specific DC government entities that have their hands in the stadium, and what organizers would like to hear from them at this meeting.
Happy Monday morning! In "D.C. Ballpark's Rising Price Tag Compels Cuts
," the Post
details growing problems with the city's attempts to stay under the mandated $535 million price tag for building the new Nationals baseball stadium
: "City officials had included money to repave roads and expand a Metro station near the stadium in the $535 million budget approved by the D.C. Council last year. Those funds now will go instead toward labor and building materials and to cover the cost of land for the stadium, which also is more expensive than anticipated. [...] The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, which is overseeing the construction, determined that the cost of the distinctive ballpark designed by its architects has risen from $244 million to $337 million. That set off a scramble by top city officials who have since reduced the cost to $300 million but still are seeking money to complete the project."
A Sunday editorial in the Washington Times
("More Baseball Blunders
") gives it to Major League Baseball for ballking at the city's proposal that MLB pay the $6 million insurance that Wall Street is requiring for the new baseball stadium
in the event of a player strike or terrorist attack: "The fact that MLB can balk at even this tiny a committment with any credibility is another indication of the sorry depths of these negotiations. No sweetheart deal is good enough."