A handful of powerful city leaders from both sides of the aisle met Friday morning, renewing negotiations for tax increases to expand the Convention Center and create new revenue sources to address the city’s homelessness and affordable housing crises.
The measure to raise hotel taxes in order to fund a Convention Center expansion has hit some hurdles, all of which can still be overcome.
An expansion to the center would surely allow more events to be held, and data exists showing some event planners find the current space too small to meet their needs. But just how many events have been lost to space and date constraints?
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto and cuts to specific Council district budgets send a clear message. But it’s still not at all clear that he’ll prevail in holding his special election, which is up for a vote on Monday. Here are a few things to watch as that unfolds.
Build Better San Diego, composed of labor unions, environmentalists and community organizing groups, is eyeing a housing-focused tax measure to fund subsidized housing.
A coalition of labor leaders may have killed SoccerCity and upended the mayor’s carefully laid out plan for a November election that would have shaped his legacy and the city for decades.
Hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts talk about the seemingly insurmountable challenges standing in the way of the mayor’s tax hike proposal and SoccerCity, the plan to redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium site. Also: Omar Passons on his transition from politically engaged citizen to political candidate.
Just a few months after Measure L passed, the City Council and mayor are considering holding a special election that will go directly against the will of the voters. This will undermine our democracy and turn a blind eye to the very reason we needed Measure L in the first place.
Will $10 million a year from the hotel tax resolve our homeless crisis? Of course not. Will it help? Absolutely.
We should not and I cannot support a special election in 2017 for the proposed transit occupancy tax hike measure.