An important bit of misinformation has been circulating about Measure C – the Spanos ballot referendum to raise the hotel tax (transient occupancy tax – “TOT”) in the City of San Diego from 12.5% to 16.5% to build a $2 billion-plus downtown combined stadium and convention annex. Most news stories and conventional wisdom have it that 2/3 of the city’s voters must vote in favor of it in order for it to pass. While some of these articles acknowledge that there is a potential second path to passing Measure C via litigation, it is mentioned only as something that is remote, uncertain, and difficult. As a result, some opponents of the measure have had a somewhat lackadaisical attitude. The hoteliers in particular have remained relatively silent. This circumstance is surprising given the potential impact on the demand for hotel rooms from the rate increase and the hoteliers’ opposition to a non-contiguous convention facility expansion.Continue Reading Why Spanos is only trying for a >50% vote to get a downtown stadium.
“Why does Chris Cate want the Chargers to leave San Diego? Please call and ask him.” That was the headline in an ad Dean Spanos, the Chargers owner, ran this past week targeting 2nd year City Council member Chris Cate, who is on the leadership committee of the No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First! coalition. Continue Reading Why does Dean Spanos hate the homeless?