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An expanded Convention Center might be a thing that actually happens.
VOSD’s Scott Lewis got the terms of the deal for Fifth Avenue Landing, the land needed for the bayfront expansion of the Convention Center.
The city and the Port of San Diego, which manages the lease on the land, are nearing a settlement for the crucial piece of property. It would mean paying the partnership who holds the lease more than $32 million. They’ll get $5 million immediately and the rest would be paid if the initiative to expand the Convention Center passes in November. It’s a significantly larger payout than the $12.5 million plus interest the city could have secured the land for four years ago before abruptly stopping payments.
Here’s why the deal was made: The two men who control the lease were working on building a hotel that would have blocked the long-envisioned plan for expanding the Convention Center.
What’s next: The deal is being considered at both the Port and the City Council June 12. It’s unclear what will happen if the initiative gets more than 50 percent of the vote but fails to get two-thirds.
County ambulances will soon carry fentanyl, a synthetic drug infamous for its role the nation’s opioid crisis.
NBC 7 reports the county has decided to use the controversial drug as a replacement for morphine, which has been in short supply following the September hurricane in Puerto Rico.
The county’s EMS director promises use of fentanyl will be carefully monitored and stored.
Meanwhile, Kinsee Morlan has reported on the county’s reluctance to quickly distribute 6,600 doses of naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
Morlan and NBC 7’s Monica Dean break down the reasons for the hold-up in a new video explainer.
An update from Kinsee: The county reached out to me Thursday to tell me that 2,502 doses of naloxone have now been distributed to seven community partners.
A recent explosion of bike-sharing businesses has also drawn an explosion of frustration – from concerns about bikes blocking sidewalks to failures to follow the rules of the road.
Attorney Sam Mazzeo argues in a new op-ed that the community should work together to solve problems that have emerged rather than evict the bikes.
This tourist’s take on the truth about San Diego’s supposedly perfect weather is on point: “Just flew home after spending 5 days in overcast, 66 deg weather in San Diego. All the locals kept talking about “May Gray,” “June Gloom,” & “No Sky July.” Hey @SanDiegoCounty, this is what blue skies, sunshine, and 76 degree weather looks like in @PierceCo WA in May.”
Here’s one thing about San Diego that’s not a lie: Our pandas are cute, especially when they eat bamboo.