Okay, you Comic-Con Kremlinologists will like this. Don Bauder, a columnist for the San Diego Reader, looks at the proposed $700 mil+ SD con center expansion and cries shenanigans:
In other cities, convention centers are financed through taxes on restaurant meals, auto rentals, and airport departures; hotel and sales taxes; special tourist development district taxes, and the like. San Diego has an aversion to taxes. So San Diego may well try to build a taxpayer-financed hotel and claim that revenues from it will pay for the expansion, says Sanders. “They will find anything to make it work,” he scoffs. (Denver, Phoenix, Houston, and several other cities have built taxpayer-financed hotels to support sagging convention centers. The fact that downtown San Diego’s posh Hotel W is going into default may not even drown the ludicrous idea.)
The comment section provides a good glimpse of local politics re SDCC before spinning off into other topics like the Chargers and City of Industry, but there’s much to chew on about hotel occupancy and convention attendance nationwide and the like. BTW, that’s Bauder’s picture up above there, so if you want to file this under “Cotton Hill, Separated at Birth” you can.
Expect this topic to be much discussed in the watering holes of this year’s con.