In September 2008, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced he wanted to expand San Diego’s Convention Center. A lot has happened in the three and a half years since.
Barack Obama became president. Popular protest toppled leaders in four Middle Eastern countries. And Sanders lost the equivalent of a middle-schooler in weight.
Over that time, the expansion has chugged forward. At the same time, doubts loom large about its ultimate success. The legality of the $520 million project’s financial plan remains an open question. And powerful special interests are continuing to squawk about what they’ll get from the deal.
Taken all together, it’s unlikely the city will stick a shovel in the ground any time soon.