Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A newly formed citizen task force will meet tonight to discuss the possible expansion of San Diego’s convention center. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.
The task force will study the cost and feasibility of expanding the downtown convention center. Darren Pudgil is with the San Diego Mayors office. He says the city’s economic situation makes it especially important for the expansion to proceed.
Pudgil: It’s really been the goose that lays the golden egg. There’s been tremendous tax benefit for the people of San Diego. It creates jobs. Right now it supports more than 12 thousand jobs. It’s returned more than 331 million dollars to San Diego tax payers since it was opened in 1989.
Pudgil says the Convention Center has had to turn away events because its facilities are too small. City officials are also worried that big conventions like Comic-con could move to other cities that have larger accommodations.
Katie Orr, KPBS News.