Expansion could be bumped to 2020

9 AUGUST 2014

This is disheartening; the expansion of the convention center, which was originally assigned to a completion date of 2017, is now being talked about in terms of 2020 or later.

We know the appellate court has officially frowned upon the financing plan/hotel tax increase - or rather, demanded that city voters sign off on it. The San Diego City Council has until 10 September to file an appeal, which could take a year or more. Other options: they could try to finance it a different way or stick to their plan but put it on a ballot, either by special election or in the 2016 election.

All in all, "the opening might not come before 2020, according to Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority." Remember when you were little and 2020 sounded like you'd be flying around on a spaceship by then? That's when the expanded convention center might be completed.

And so it goes. There doesn't seem to be much we can do - but with all of invested players in this game, I'm sure other options will emerge over the coming months and years.

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