A new measure being pushed by Cory Briggs and Donna Frye would remake downtown and the city’s hotel-room tax system unlike any proposal in the decade-plus since two proposals to increase the tax failed at the ballot box. The proposal seems to have left San Diego’s elite tongue-tied. Why? Well, one part of the measure is innovative, if not genius. It’s the same part, though, that’s legally shaky.
A new study released last week bolstered the case for a waterfront expansion to the San Diego Convention Center and even persuaded Mayor Kevin Faulconer to support a tax hike to fund the project. But the same study might undermine the project in court.
If the mayor wants to build a Convention Center expansion along the waterfront, he’ll have to do it without a new 1,600-room hotel across the street that was supposed to serve as cash cow for the project.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has decided to remain loyal to the idea of expanding the Convention Center in one place along the bayfront. But that’s not the end of the story. Not only will the mayor need to persuade voters to increase taxes, he must also overcome another lawsuit from Cory Briggs.
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.