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September 4, 2009
voice of san diego
'It's Misrepresenting Our Intentions'
As part of the case to expand San Diego's Convention Center, Convention Center Corp. officials distributed a list of 28 organizations that required a bigger center to do business with the city.
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September 2, 2009
voice of san diego
Convention Center Task Force Votes for Expansion
The Convention Center task force voted 15-1 tonight in favor of expanding San Diego's Convention Center. The lone no vote was from San Diego County Taxpayer's Association President and CEO Lani Lutar. Here's what the recommendation to Mayor Jerry Sanders says...
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September 1, 2009
voice of san diego
Next Up for Convention Center: How to Pay for Expansion
Just before the task force charged with deciding the fate of a potential $1 billion San Diego Convention Center expansion made its decision Monday night, task force member and hotelier Bill Evans gave the group a history lesson.
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September 1, 2009
san diego union tribune
Task force backs bigger convention center
Plans for a $753 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center won a task force's endorsement yesterday despite the objections of one member who said more should be known about how the project will be funded.
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august 31, 2009
san diego news network
Convention Center expansion task force to hold final meeting
A 17-member panel convened by Mayor Jerry Sanders to consider a proposed $750 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center will hold its final meeting Monday.
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august 30, 2009
san diego union tribune
Money is expansion's big hurdle
Mayor Jerry Sanders' citizen task force is widely expected to endorse a proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center tomorrow.
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august 28, 2009
KPBS
Task Force Says Expand S.D. Convention Center
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.
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august 28, 2009
10 News san diego
Report Recommends $750M Convention Center Expansion
The city should proceed with a proposed $750 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, according to the draft final report of a 17-member panel convened by the mayor to study the project.
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august 27, 2009
voice of san diego
Breaking Down a Billion-Dollar Expansion
Last September, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders stood next to a representative from Comic-Con at a press conference dressed in a suit and tie, as the mayor usually does for such occasions. Given the crusade Sanders was about to undertake, a cape would have been appropriate.
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august 20, 2009
voice of san diego
Lutar to Vote 'No' On Convention Center
I called San Diego County Taxpayer's Association President and CEO Lani Lutar today for some questions I had about the proposed expansion of San Diego's Convention Center.
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august 17, 2009
voice of san diego
Making a Case for an Expanded Convention Center
Few people have a longer institutional memory about San Diego's Convention Center than Convention Center Corp. President and CEO Carol Wallace. She came to San Diego in 1991, 18 months after the convention center opened, and she guided the center through a previous, $216 million-expansion that opened in 2001.
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august 2, 2009
medical meetings magazine
San Diego Convention Center Expansion Clears First Hurdle
A citizens task force appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders gave the thumbs up to a $753 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. While it still requires an additional land purchase, city council approval, and financing, the expansion project cleared its first major hurdle.
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august 2, 2009
The Daily Transcript
City explores options on convention center costs
Public funding is not an option for San Diego to expand its convention center, so a task force on the issue explored ways for convention attendees to foot most of the bill.
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July 31, 2009
KPBS NEWS
San Diego Speaks: Convention Center Expansion
Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn asks San Diego residents who they think should pay for expanding the San Diego Convention Center.
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July 31, 2009
Examiner
Expanding the San Diego Convention Center
Despite the current economic downturn and the city’s massive budget deficits, the San Diego government is currently considering undertaking a massive project to expand the Convention Center. The proposal is still in the works, but current estimates are that the expansion would cost over fifty million dollars a year over the next two decades with the final price tag somewhere in the seven hundred million range.
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July 29, 2009
SAN DIEGO CITY BEAT
Comical convention(al) wisdom
Watching Steve Cushman preside over a meeting is like watching bats hone in on a fresh piece of hanging fruit.
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July 1, 2009
SAN DIEGO READER
Port of Contention
San Diego city councilmember Carl DeMaio has some questions for the Port of San Diego before he’s ready to endorse the city’s convention center expansion.
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June 30, 2009
KPBS
Is a Convention Center Expansion Worth It?
San Diego is a popular destination for conventions. But some say the convention center here is too small.
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June 28, 2009
San Diego Union Tribune
Expanding the San Diego Convention Center (PRO)
Back in the 1980s, as the publisher of a community newspaper in Rancho Bernardo – long before my election to the San Diego City Council and my later service as director of the Downtown San Diego Partnership – I was sometimes asked by my neighbors why they should care about a convention center in downtown San Diego.
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June 28, 2009
San Diego Union Tribune
Expanding the San Diego Convention Center (CON)
The question facing San Diego is whether the community should invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a major expansion of its convention center.
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June 22, 2009
The Daily Transcript
Commentary: Let's build something!
What is it about this town that almost monthly there is another proposal for a building project we just must have.
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June 21, 2009
San Diego Union Tribune
Political reality: Hoteliers must foot bill for convention center expansion
The proposed 400,000-square-foot expansion of the San Diego Convention Center would be a boon to the hotel industry, which would reap tremendous benefits from increased conventioneer bookings.
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June 16, 2009
KPBS
Cushman Says Time is Right For Convention Center Expansion
The proposed expansion of San Diego’s convention center could cost around one billion dollars. But despite the high price tag and the down economy, the co-chair of the task force studying the project says he still thinks it should move forward.
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June 16, 2009
San Diego Business Journal
Convention Center Addition Pegged at $783M
Adding 400,000 square feet of prime exhibit space to the San Diego Convention Center would come at a hefty price and might prompt some tax hikes and fees on local attractions, according to a report consultants prepared for a panel assigned to decide the proposal’s fate.
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June 16, 2009
San Diego Union Tribune
The $53 million question
The yearly price to expand San Diego's convention center is revealed and has city and tourism officials asking . . .
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June 15, 2009
10 News San diego
Convention Center Expansion May Cost $783.4M
The proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center would cost $783.4 million, or $821.9 million if an adjoining pedestrian bridge is built, according to an analysis released Monday.
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June 10, 2009
San Diego Reader
Convention Liars
The sugar daddies that could be expected to bankroll the convention center expansion are on the sidelines. But watch out: the backers of the proposed expansion are likely to twist statistics and distort reality to make a fallacious case for the project.
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JUNE 3, 2009
KPBS
Convention Center Task Force to Study Financing
The task force charged with considering an expansion of San Diego’s convention center has seen what the project might ultimately look like.
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JUNE 2, 2009
San Diego Union Tribune
Convention Center design includes more space and pedestrian bridge
Architects working on a new San Diego Convention Center wing say it wouldn't just be for tourists but would offer something for locals, such as a rooftop restaurant and a pedestrian bridge with easier access to San Diego Bay.
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April 29, 2009
San Diego Union Tribune
Newsblog: Convention panel bucks foregone conclusion
The task force established by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders to evaluate a potential expansion of the city's convention center may be more feisty than expected, considering it has a number of tourism industry and business-sector members.
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April 29, 2009
Voice of San Diego
Panel to Hear from Expansion Critic
Turns out a prominent skeptic of convention center expansions will address the task force studying whether to expand San Diego's center after all.
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APRIL 3, 2009
Voice of San Diego

It Won't Cost the Taxpayers a Thing
The argument for a larger San Diego Convention Center is a familiar one in the city: Build it and it will pay for itself in new taxes and other economic impact from convention-goers.
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APRIl 2009
San Diego Metropolitan
No Champion, No Expansion
The San Diego Convention Center is a miracle maker, producing a $17 billion economic impact since its 1989 opening.
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MARCH 30, 2009
San Diego BUSINESS JOURNAL
Task Force Explores Building on Convention Center Success
One of the most visible signs of San Diego's success as a leading visitor destination is the award-winning San Diego Convention Center sitting majestically along the downtown's waterfront.
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MARCH 27, 2009
Voice of San Diego
The Case Against Expansion
So far, the task force studying a potential $1 billion expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has been hearing largely from Convention Center-paid consultants touting the demand for a bigger center.
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MARCH 26, 2009
San Diego union tribune
City task force considers larger convention center
As 70 other cities engage in one-upsmanship in expanding their convention centers, San Diego is facing a dilemma.

It could move ahead on a proposal to expand the center and confront a possible market glut in uncertain economic times. Or it could do nothing and risk losing its advantage in the nation's convention hierarchy.
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MARCH 26, 2009
Voice of san diego
Building a $1 Billion Convention Center Expansion for Free
There's a Cold War brewing among convention centers around the country. But instead of stockpiling nuclear weapons, they're loading up on space where orthopedic surgeons and information technology specialists can gather in droves.
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MARCH 25, 2009
THE san diego WEEKLY READER
Does New Center Make Any Sense?
All across the United States, and around the world, convention centers are vastly overbuilt. Supply exceeds demand. So municipalities that own the centers resort to price-slashing. They often lose money on their centers and have trouble servicing their debts. Nonetheless, new centers keep being built while existing centers undergo expansion.
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