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Task Force Says Expand S.D. Convention Center

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Aired 8/28/09

The mayor’s task force charged with studying whether San Diego should add on to its convention center says an expansion would be good for the region.

— The mayor’s task force charged with studying whether San Diego should add on to its convention center says an expansion would be good for the region.

The task force has released a draft of its final report on the expansion. In it, the group says to build the $750 million project. The report finds the expansion is feasible, would generate jobs and would have a positive financial impact on the region.

The task force presents several options for paying for the expansion including an increase in city or county sales taxes, an increase in the taxes charged for hotel rooms and creating a special taxing district around the convention center. Critics of the project call it too expensive and say expansions rarely live up to expectations. The task force will meet on Monday to issue its official recommendation.

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