Pulido: Piazza Developer’s Broker Arranging Meetings with Retailers in San Diego

Former mayor sentenced to 16 months in prison; another ex-mayor awaits trial.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published July 29, 2011 (ONLINE ONLY) 

The commercial broker for developer Randy Wang’s embattled Piazza at Temple City project plans to meet with a few retailers next week in San Diego, City Manager Jose Pulido on Thursday said.

Pulido, who took over the reins at City Hall in October 2009, provided the public with an update from Armando Aguirre, Wang’s commercial broker, in his September 16, 2010 weekly city manager’s report.

“Mr. Aguirre is in the process of coordinating several meetings with various potential retailers next week at the San Diego International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Western Division’s Deal Making workshop,” Pulido said.

An expert in redevelopment matters, Pulido also said he may join Aguirre in showcasing Temple City.

“There is a possibility that I will be attending these meetings to make a pitch to these retailers on why they should choose to conduct their business in Temple City,” he said.

The city manager and representatives of Wang’s development team met this summer to discuss a number of retail pursuit packages that a future Piazza project could include. The packages were a result of the Buxton Company’s contract with Temple City.

Currently, Wang’s plan appears to be an urban center that is approximately 67,500 square feet. The project includes two restaurants, outdoor dining areas, and two medium-sized retail plans.

Meanwhile, former Temple City Mayor Judy Wong was sentenced on September 10 to 16 months in state prison for her role in the Piazza corruption scandal. In addition, she was asked to pay $16,700 to Wang and more than $16,000 in fines and fees.

Wong will serve her time in state prison. She may exit prison sooner if she chooses to work.

Cathé Wilson, another former mayor, returns to court on November 8. Like Wong, Wilson is accused of demanding bribes from Wang in exchange for support of his original Piazza project.

Wang’s original project was approved by the City Council in May 2006 and was expected to be completed in August 2009.

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