San Diego, CALIF.- Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed a hotel tax hike to pay for a convention center expansion during his annual State of the City address on Thursday night.
The mayor said he’s confident a ballot measure focused on multiple initiatives that poll well with voters can get the two-thirds support necessary for approval.
He also said, the expansion would be along the waterfront. “This is the only legitimate plan that guarantees we can move forward with this critical project.”
Joe Terzi, chief executive of the San Diego Tourism Authority, was pleased with the Mayor’s rhetoric.
“”We are absolutely ecstatic about the mayor’s commitment,” Terzi said. “Now that the Chargers issues is off the table the mayor has an opportunity to make sure there is an opportunity for us to expand the center. It’s one of the only centers in the country that can expand itself and be full the next day.”
Attorney Cory Briggs, who has fought the expansion along the waterfront, was critical of the proposal. Briggs noted on his Twitter account, “that’s a waste of time. Pursue that folly on the private dime, not the public’s dime.”