Hoteliers Allowed Someone Else to Pay for Their Convention Center: The votes are in: Hoteliers said “yes” to a tax increase on hotel guests to help fund the $520 million Convention Center expansion. The city attorney still isn’t sure if the plan, which went to lengths to avoid a public vote, is legal, so he wants a judge to sign off.
There’s a lot at stake, and not just for this project. “If it does work this will open up a world of possibility for raising revenue for specific purposes,” says the deputy city attorney in charge of the project, Brant Will.
So, with all that flying around, mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio continued insist that this is a privately financed project. We ran that through the fact check wringer and out popped a Huckster Propaganda.
Fletcher’s Not a Dead Lobster: Hold on, I’ll explain. When candidate Nathan Fletcher went indie, my pal Scott Lewis relied on one of his favorite new devices: finding a way to fit a person into the animal kingdom. Fletcher had become an outcast, he said, and there are two directions for lobsters to go when they get cast off — they either die or become the leader of their own group.
All that is a long way to say this: Fletcher’s independent movement got some followers this week. While many were already his fans, a group of business leaders announced this week that they too were leaving the Republican Party, as KPBS reported. Three of the group’s leaders said in a column for us that they want compromise and progress rather than gridlock.