The Chargers Are Readying Their Own Convadium Tax Hike — But the Mayor’s Not on Board
• The Chargers have spent the week furiously trying to put together an initiative that would raise the hotel-room tax to fund construction of a new convention center and stadium, replace the Tourism Marketing District and clear the way for permitting of the new East Village facilities.
• The mayor and hotel industry leaders along with supporters of the so-called Citizens Plan are not yet on board with the Chargers plan.
• A new appellate court ruling may mean tax hikes like this would not require the approval of two-thirds of voters.
The Chargers asked Mayor Kevin Faulconer and hotel industry leaders over the past week to support a new ballot measure that would significantly raise the hotel room tax and pave the way for a campus-style convention center and stadium in the East Village.
Two sources close to the talks provided the outlines of the deal and said the mayor and industry leaders balked at supporting the measure but have not officially decided to oppose it.
They want to see it first, and if the Chargers hope to get it on the ballot, they’ll have to publish it in its entirety in the Union-Tribune within the next few days. The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Chargers’ plan is different from the so-called Citizens’ Plan put together by attorney Cory Briggs, former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and JMI Realty.