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San Diego Affordable Housing Advocates Eyeing 2020 Ballot

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San Diego Affordable Housing Advocates Eyeing 2020 Ballot


Stephen Russell, executive director, San Diego Housing Federation


In recent months it seemed as if there might be two or even three different measures on the November ballot aimed at increasing affordable housing in San Diego.

Then a city measure to boost the hotel tax to fund an expansion of the convention center, street repairs and affordable housing died an ignominious death due to lack of valid signatures and city council support.

Related: City Council Rejects Putting Convention Center Expansion Initiative On November Ballot

Had the city measure made it to the ballot, it could have competed with a bond measure proposed by the San Diego Housing Federation to raise some $900 million.

But when that measure was withdrawn by the federation in late July, some observers assumed the change was a result of behind-the-scenes pressure from convention center advocates.

Not so, said Stephen Russell, the federation's executive director. It was a strategic decision to move the bond measure to 2020, a presidential election year, due to the large number of measures on the November 2018 ballot.

Russell joins Midday Edition Tuesday with more on how the move to 2020 will change the content and the scope of the affordable housing ballot measure.


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