The decision about where to put the next big Convention Center expansion and how to pay for it is looming once again, and other public officials are counting on Mayor Kevin Faulconer to lead the way after seeing the last plan torpedoed in court.
The San Diego Tourism Authority met the goals spelled out in its contract for the first time since 2012 and booked more than 1 million hotel room nights for convention-goers last year.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Lisa Halverstadt lay out the back-and-forth between Comic-Con organizers, city officials and hoteliers in determining the event’s future in San Diego.
Comic-Con says it wants a contiguous Convention Center expansion but the event’s grown and flourished without one over the last decade.
Including where it literally stands in relation to the various expansion options, in handy map form.
JMI Realty says it pulled out of a plan to fund a new study examining a split Convention Center expansion long before it got called out for a potential conflict of interest.
In a recent op-ed, Carl DeMaio seemed to advocate that the city should cut a large check to the holders of a lease on port land. We asked him about it, given what we now understand about how much those leaseholders have made for doing nothing on that land.
Despite the groups’ occasional differences, the Tourism Authority and the Convention Center Corporation work very closely together.
The mayor’s point man on the expansion project and the current chairman of the Convention Center Corp., Steve Cushman, is signaling he’s changing his mind.
Or guys, rather. Hotel industry leaders believe that every guest dollar should land in no pocket other than their own.