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San Diego Sends Convention Center Expansion To Court

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Aired 5/8/12

A judge will decide whether San Diego’s plan to pay for a Convention Center expansion is legal. The council voted today Monday to send the issue to court.

— A judge will decide whether San Diego’s plan to pay for a Convention Center expansion is legal. The City Council voted today to send the issue to court.

San Diego wants to fund most of the $520 million expansion project with increased hotel taxes.

An artist's rendering illustrates the plans for expanding the Convention Center, including a five-acre rooftop park.
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Above: An artist's rendering illustrates the plans for expanding the Convention Center, including a five-acre rooftop park.

But instead of asking the public to vote on the tax increase, San Diego let city hotel owners decide on their own whether to raise rates. Almost all the hoteliers - 92 percent of those that voted - approved increasing taxes. Now the city will ask a judge to validate the funding plan.

City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio said hoteliers have stepped up and shown their support for the plan. Now it’s time to make sure the tax pass through is legal.

"That is why we are taking a proactive step of going to a court and asking a court to review the financing plan, the method by which the hoteliers will make their contribution, as well as all other aspects of the project,” he said.

But DeMaio’s fellow mayoral candidate, Congressman Bob Filner, said the council has given too much power to private businesses in this deal. He said corporations that aren’t based in the city own many of the hotels.

“You’ve allowed a public tax by private people. And we don’t even know who’s voting and how many votes they got,” he said. “And most of those voters, I will bet, most of the votes did not come from the city of San Diego.”

Hotelier votes were weighted, with those closer to the Convention Center holding more sway in the election. Room taxes will increase between 1 and 3 percent based on how close a hotel is to downtown, with those closer charging more. The higher room taxes will likely not be collected until the plan is validated.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 7, 2012 at 5:53 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

*City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio said hoteliers have stepped up and shown their support for the plan. Now it’s time to make sure the tax pass through is legal.*

Mr. DeMaio:

A competent person would validate the legality *before* allowing hoteliers to vote on this.

You, sir, are an **idiot**.

Usually, you are all talk which is bad enough.

But the few times you actually do put your words into action, you foul it up.

And you think we will elect you mayor??????

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Go ahead and pull out all the stops you filthy parasite.

Have both the *Pravda UT* and *KUSI: News For The Small Minded* giving you preferential media treatment round the clock.

It won't work.

Much like *FOX "news"* working round won't be enough to elect Willard, your filthy little media cronies won't be able to elect you.

Oh pity the overly-dramatic childish tantrum you are going to throw when you LOSE, Dirty Carl.

Even if it's remotely close, we all know your the type to launch lawsuits and recounts and try a last desperate attempt to bully your ample bottom I to the Mayor's chair.

But look on the bright side your filthyness - - when San Diego rejects you as mayor, you can always ask your Papa Dougie for job as editor of the *Pravda UT*.

I doubt they are going to be keeping Jeff Light around much longer.

He let your dirty little secret out of the bag admitting outright that the UT works for the local GOP bosses.

He's almost as stupid as you, Carl.

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laplayaheritage | May 8, 2012 at 8:21 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

http://www.tinyurl.com/20120507a

Link to video of yesterday's City Council Hearing of May 7, 2012, Item 150 Convention Center Facilities District (CCFD), Special Tax, and Validation Lawsuit.

Congressman Bob Filner's public comments are shown on Video Start Time of 33 Minutes to Video End Time 37 Minutes.

Linked below are our public comments for a parallel alternative 5 percent increase to our TOT through a public vote on November 6, 2012, just in case the Validation is not approved by the Courts. A backup plan is needed due to the financial risks involved by both the "Special Tax" and the soon to be expired Tourist Marketing District (TMD).

http://www.tinyurl.com/20120507c

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Avatar for user 'Roberto Rolando Salinas'

Roberto Rolando Salinas | March 11, 2013 at 12:52 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

It truly is amazing just how conniving the Republicans are. Mayor Pete Wilson gives major concessions to Ernie Hawn, and other major developers, while the infrastructure crumbled. Susan Golding gives taxpayer money to the Chargers, and bankrupts the city with her city pension taxpayer thievery to give to the Republican Convention. We won't even mention the "Quitter" another Republican mayoral scandal.Then there is Jerry Sanders, what a joke. A double dipping city pensioner, who wants to gut the city employee unions and pay. Signs a 30-million dollar give away to the hotel owners, guaranteed for 40-years, rushed thru the city council, all for the benefit of the "Good Ole Boy's" the monied elite that have run this city for 60-years. The Republicans have no shame, San Diegan's should boycott the hotels and the other welfare leeches of taxpayer dollars. The Republicans love to raid taxpayer money, but hate to contribute their share. Stop the welfare gravy train for the multimillionares, they should be forced to pay their own way. Give them hell, Mayor Filner!!!!

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