Last night, I blogged my surprise that the draft report issued by the city’s Convention Center task force made so many mentions of University of Texas at San Antonio professor Heywood Sanders, a convention center critic, especially since the report recommends that San Diego’s Convention Center expand. Sanders’ arguments were mostly disparaged.
Just before I went home yesterday, I e-mailed the report to Sanders, who gave a presentation to the task force in May, to ask what he thought. We spoke today.
Sanders said the report “thoroughly mischaracterized” his positions. The report indicates Sanders concedes that San Diego doesn’t fit his research, which argues that convention center expansions don’t economically benefit cities as much as they expect.
An example is in the report’s executive summary: