Okay, one more SDCC story for the day: The long dreamed of convention center expansion got a little closer to reality when
hotel owners agreed to a tax hike that will pay for the expansion over the next 30 years.
In a city-authorized private election, 92 percent of the “weighted votes” involving some 200 hotels went in favor of room-tax hikes ranging from 1 to 3 percent.
The extra charges to guests would raise more than a billion dollars over 30 years — roughly 75 percent of the expansion project’s construction and bond costs.
“The vote is not only good for hotels and the visitors industry,” said Mayor Jerry Sanders. “It’s better news for our economy. This expansion will create 11,000 jobs — 4,000 construction jobs and 7,000 permanent jobs.”
The expansion and extra taxes remain controversial locally—some legal challenges are possible—and Comic-Con is still the main reason for the increase, although it’s hoped other shows will step up once it takes place.
he above image shows the proposed expansion, which will include a rooftop park, a promenade, shops, and enough room for a Big Bang Theory panel and a Klingon gathering to take place simultaneously.
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.