For the second year in a row, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer pledged to put a plan on the ballot to raise hotel-room taxes to pay for a new expansion of the Convention Center. It will be the fifth attempt to raise the hotel-room tax since 2004.
Two businessmen are seeking approval for a hotel that would end plans for an expansion of the Convention Center for good.
Its most prominent backers are falling off, one by one. The city of San Diego no longer even controls the land it would need. The plan faces a passionate foe in court. Yet its remaining backers are still deeply committed – and think there’s a chance they could overcome all of that.
The convadium is the solution on the table that solves both the stadium and Convention Center dilemmas that have plagued San Diego for years.
The Chargers have spent the week furiously trying to put together an initiative that would raise the hotel-room tax to fund construction of a new convention center and stadium. A big wrench has come into play: a bombshell court decision that would lower the bar for stadium measures to a simple majority vote.
San Diego can either decide to help East Village on its current path of transforming into an innovative, economic district or it can bend to the will of billionaires.
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.