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Roundtable: Convention Center Expansion, Foiled Gadhafi Plot, Escondido Voting Rights

Aired 12/9/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests: Katie Orr, KPBS News metro reporter

Ricky Young, Watchdog editor, San Diego Union Tribune

David Garrick, reporter, North County Times


Watch Friday's show for more on these stories.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

On today's roundtable, we'll be discussing several topics.

In local politics, San Diego's City Council is taking steps to create a special tourist-tax district to fund the expansion of the Convention Center.

In a story of national interest, Mexican authorities have foiled a bizarre plot to smuggle a son of Moammar Gadhafi into Mexico from Niger. The plot included a retired Marine and a San Diego security firm.

Finally, in Escondido Latino residents may be filing suit against the city under the California Voting Rights Act of 2001. The residents want election practices changed.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2011 at 11:28 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Convention Center Expansion : **Y E S**

New Chargers Stadium : **N O**

It's well known that conventions bring in money, while sports stadiums generally lose money especially in the first decade of being built.

Business travelers spend money. Lots of it. They go to upscale restaurants downtown, and they stay at higher-end motels. They bring more money to our local economy than the budget family in Arizona who shoves their hoard of kids into a mini-van and comes here to go to Sea World and stay at Motel 6 and eat at McDonalds.

The convention center seems like an obvious benefit for our city, it should be done sooner rather than later.

And on the program, I heard someone talk about "telecommuting" making conventions irrelevant. I work in the corporate world, and I can tell you in-person meetings bring value that web-formats can't. Time and time again I see companies hold meetings and conventions in an online format to save money, just to realize people don't get the same experience, retain the same information, and build the same networks, so they always go back to in-person formats. It's ridiculous to think telecommuting will make conventions irrelevant.

Take, for example, our biggest convention - ComicCon. How the hell would you hold an "online" ComicCon convention?? It would be a joke.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2011 at 11:32 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Escondido is an armpit community of San Diego, and one more reason San Diego County should be split - allowing the city to in effect become our own County, similar to San Francisco.

I wish this idea would gain traction.

San Diego the city is far more progressive than the County.

The backwards right-wing armpit communities that surround the city of San Diego drag us down.

Split the county into two.

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