San Diegans will soon decide if the city should impose a hotel tax increase to build a dual Chargers stadium-convention center.
Without a new stadium, the city risks losing the Chargers, which have been in San Diego since 1961.
But the massive new development would change the landscape of East Village where it is being proposed.
Advocates for and against the convadium project debated the issue Saturday during Politifest. Chargers adviser and land-use consultant Marcela Escobar-Eck, Jason Riggs of the San Diego Stadium Coalition and Thomas Powell of Save Our Bolts spoke about the importance of moving out of the 49-year-old Qualcomm Stadium.
They said the proposal for an increase of the transient occupancy tax, known as Measure C on the November ballot, would bring in $1.15 billion of the $1.8 billion needed for the convadium. They made clear the measure would require no new taxes on San Diego citizens but rather, for tourists.
“We have the chance to do something that’s visionary and important and really shapes the city’s future,” said Riggs, a lifelong San Diegan.
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@Thomas Powell You like it because it doesn't drill down into any of the superficial claims made by Team Spanos, like "this will be a stadium paid for by tourists." Measure C is drafted by Spanos for the benefit of Spanos in the hope that he can dupe the average voter with something he could never achieve in a negotiated stadium deal. The fact is, whether its TOT tax increase, the public land being given the stadium, the convention annex that would be built to facilitate a stadium not conventions, the traffic and other ancillary infrastructure that would need be built (e.g., road and freeway upgrades), and the potential for cost overruns (earthquake faults, litigation, envrionmental contamination), the loss of property tax revenues and development impact fees from this valuable land, and TOT revenue shortfall covered by the general fund, this is the biggest single diversion of public resources in the history of the city. These are public resources that could be used for our huge backlog of unfunded real public needs. http://www.sdcta.org/assets/files/Proposition C - Chargers Ballot Initiative.pdf
@wadams92101 @Thomas Powell Unlike the lying Chris Cate you bring up good points. Steve Cushman when he thought he had contiguious expansion in an interview with KPBS he recommended Downtown and Tailgate Park as a great location BECAUSE of the infrastracture in DT. The GF is not at risk at all if the TOT falls short. If there was a fact checker at the debate Cate would have been caught lying. I took the plan to lawyers who read it. If stated plain and simple its the stockholders that are responsible on the stadium side of the TOT if it fails to budget. The Conv center side is silent so it falls on the Joint Authority Group thedn to make that decision. I know the plan is complexed and someone who understands how stadiums are written would have stopped him dead in his tracks for as one said "100% untrue" But i have where the team saying their going to pay 15 million in rent but Chris Cate and Tony M (his pr specialist firm Apex) would rather throw lies and hope it's not fact checked. Parking... Listen 65,000 out of anywhere has it's complications. Now remember on Sundays businesses in DT are mostly closed. After the games you can make 1 way flowing all out of Downtown. This would be worked out in it planning stages after approval but a concepot that does work, Let's take another Calif weather city for comparsion. SF has 7 public transportation to get into the stadium on Gamedays. We see on Padres dodgers 44000 leave Petco on a sat night. 29,000 leave the Gaslamp. That's your NFL crowd on a Sunday. Easy? No doable YES. I wished I had more time to discuss the issues that you bring up at the debate but time was limited and I grew frustrated with the misinformation that takes away from having a true honest discussion., Look forward to talking to you bout the plan anytime. Let's remember I'll bring one to you. Homeless another issue that should be addressed.Thanks for commenting
@Chuck Wilcox I ahve the video but was sent through Facebook. IT not my thing but if I could change it to email no matter what side your on I'd be happy to get it to you