Every year San Diego takes time to ponder Comic Con and its local impact and whether it, like the Chargers, will threaten to leave for another city suitor. It’s been central to the discussion of an expanded Convention Center. But both Comic-Con and Convention Center representatives told our reporters Ashly McGlone and Lisa Halverstadt that it is not the size of the Convention Center keeping the massive comics and entertainment event from re-committing to San Diego for 2018.
Turns out hotels are unwilling to offer more room blocks and it has become a major obstacle in the ongoing negotiations. As VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt and Ashly McGlone report, “some hoteliers’ unwillingness to sign off on agreements to discount blocks of hotel rooms for attendees is what’s keeping the massive comic and entertainment convention from committing to San Diego.”
VOSD Podcast: Tourism Guru Talks Shop
The VOSD Podcast’s guest is Candice Eley, director of public relations for the Tourism Authority, which devotes itself to selling San Diego as a vacation destination. She tells us about our city’s bid to mold its identity and tout its authenticity.
Trolley to Airport: It’s Happening
Not long ago, Scott Lewis explained why there’s no connection between the Trolley and the airport. Our light-rail service goes right by the airport but there’s no easy way to get to your terminal except by bus. Every year, someone asks why that is.
Looks like the San Diego Association of Governments is set to begin construction on a dedicated road and shuttle service from the Washington Street Trolley station through the new car-rental facility. It’s super close but there’s just never been a path. And just like that you’ll be able to take the Trolley to the airport.
Does Chargers Claim Stand Up?
As they plead with the NFL to let them get the heck out of town, the Chargers claim that they’ve tried — Lord how they’ve tried! — but the city just won’t cooperate with them to build a new stadium. “The Chargers have done everything possible,” declares a spokesman.
We Stand Up For You. Will You Stand Up For Us?
It sounds like the convention center doesn't need to be expanded for Comic Con after all--that doesn't sound good for the Chargers and their "convadium" idea.
Hmmm... After reading the statement below, it appears a 28 year old cried, and the quote was from Toni, who is a man, and he left Texas...?
"A 28 year old cried as local legislator and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins spoke: “My friends in Texas can marry. I left Texas because of the discrimination I felt,” he told the U-T."
Visually ambiguous phrasing... Atkins is a he, and left Texas?
Grammaristas and punctuationists are scratching their heads in befuddlement.
PS: per the Texan AG's action, marriage equality is on hold in the Friendship State...for now. (Don't tell the person crying -whoever it was.)