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Ex-City Real Estate Chief Gives Behind-the-Scenes Take on What Led to 101 Ash Fiasco

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The city’s former real estate chief recently testified under oath that she’s proud of her work on the controversial 101 Ash St. lease the city once projected would save it millions, but that the city ultimately botched renovations at the downtown high rise.  

Cybele Thompson, who resigned in 2020 amid uproar over the skyscraper that has now sat empty for more than two years, said during an April 15 deposition the city “rushed” construction there. The pressure was on to move employees into the building by late 2019 after headlines decried the nearly $18,000 a day the city was spending to lease an empty building. 

“There was a really big push on the mayor to get it finished on time, on budget, no excuses,” Thompson said, according to a draft transcript obtained by Voice of San Diego. “And so, it just appeared that people cut corners to make that happen.” 

Thompson also revealed that the mayor caused the city to spend…

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