Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 | Just before the task force charged with deciding the fate of a potential $1 billion San Diego Convention Center expansion made its decision Monday night, task force member and hotelier Bill Evans gave the group a history lesson.
Remember, Evans said, a group in San Diego that had agreed on details of another expensive project. The group signed off on everything down to the color of signs. Everything, that is, except for financing. And therefore the Mission Bay Master Plan sat on a shelf.
The 16 task force members at Barrio Station Monday night, Evans said, shouldn’t “be guilty of the same thing.”
Evans then ticked off the roadblocks the Convention Center still faced: environmental approval, the bond market, the convention marketplace, City Council, and yes, financing.
Evans wrapped up his comments with an endorsement of the task force’s recommendation, one that tells Mayor Jerry Sanders to finalize the project’s scope, find the money and then expand the center.
To recommend anything more, task force members concluded, was beyond their charge. The task force voted 15-1 in favor of the recommendation with San Diego County Taxpayer’s Association President and CEO Lani Lutar voting no and with Diane Takvorian, executive director and co-founder of the Environmental Health Coalition, absent.