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San Diego Explained: The Plan to Expand the Convention Center

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt detail the mayor’s proposed hotel-tax hike to fund the Convention Center expansion, street repairs and homelessness solutions.

Expanding the San Diego Convention Center has been on the city’s to-do list for a long time. Lots of hurdles have kept if from happening, but Mayor Kevin Faulconer is proposing a new ballot measure that would pay for the expansion and invest more money in street repairs and homelessness solutions.

City leaders have said for years that San Diego needs a bigger convention center to keep the business it has and to better compete with other cities that have more space. But a past plan to pay for the expansion fell apart.

Faulconer now wants San Diegans to vote on his roposal in a November special election. The plan would increase hotel taxes by 1 percent to 3 percent citywide for 40 years.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt detail the mayor’s proposed hotel-tax hike.

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