If the Chargers want a stadium downtown, they may have to pursue it over the mayor’s opposition. That might happen.
San Diego attorney Charles Black worked with the city, the Port of San Diego and the Convention Center on planning a new waterfront expansion to the San Diego Convention Center. Now, he’s also working for Fifth Avenue Landing, the company that holds the lease to the land vital for that type of expansion site. Councilman David Alvarez says that violates standards for attorneys that discourage working both sides of a deal. Black and the city say those standards don’t apply here.
Did San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer make a deal for the city to spend millions to secure a coastal plot of land next to the San Diego Convention Center? Depends on whom you ask.
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.