There is apparently a grassroots petition campaign underway in San Diego, where concerned citizens hope to get a ballot initiative that will keep Comic-Con in San Diego.
In front of many stores, voters are being asked to sign petitions in support of an initiative that “could save Comic-Con” or “help build a downtown stadium.” But what the measure would really do is far more complicated.
It’s called the “The Citizens’ Plan for the Responsible Management of Major Tourism and Entertainment Resources,” proposed by attorney Cory Briggs of San Diegans for Open Government.
While the proposed initiative is a touching reminder that San Diegans love their annual nerdfest and the money it brings, the CCI folks just released a statement saying NOT SO FAST:
Some signature gatherers have claimed that signing in favor of a proposed ballot initiative will help keep Comic-Con in San Diego. This news comes as a surprise to the organizers of the 46-year San Diego event.
“We’ve received emails and phone calls regarding this issue asking if it was true that signing the form would keep Comic-Con in San Diego,” said Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer. “We had no knowledge of this effort and as you might imagine, this came as a total surprise to us.”
Comic-Con is not a party to the initiative and its passing will have no effect on the organization’s decision to remain in San Diego. Comic-Con has stated in the past, and continues to believe, a contiguous, expanded convention center is one that will benefit the city best. It appears this ballot initiative does not favor that scenario.
“We were born in San Diego and our hope is to remain here for a long time,” continued Glanzer. “However there are always challenges to face. Hotel room rates and meeting space are just some of them. Rarely is one issue the determining factor in our plans for the future.”
The battle for Comic-Con has raged for many years now, and although we all know that the locale is what made SDCC the great event it is, well, you know ‘nothin’ lasts forever, even cold November rain. Los Angeles and Anaheim remain suitors for the big show, and the CCI folks are never going to close that door completely.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.