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On Thursday, John Lynch, President and CEO of U-T San Diego, is taking his show on the road, just a few blocks down the road, to the Best Western Seven Seas on Hotel Circle, to speak to the Mexican American Business And Professional Association.

Lynch's appearance at the association's monthly lunch meeting is not without its objectives. Namely, with hopes of building a stronger relationship with Hispanic business leaders and the community.

Lynch's presentation is entitled "A New Era At The U-T San Diego," according to the invitation, an era that is "committed to promoting a better understanding and appreciation of the community it serves; and a mission to build a stronger community through information, insight and ideas."

The purpose of the luncheon is not only to reach out but also to hear thoughts and opinions from local business leaders on the development of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and the impacts it will have on Barrio Logan and surrounding communities.

Reads the invitation:

"How does this commitment line up with their “Big Idea for Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal” and its proposed changes to one of our region’s most culturally rich and significant neighborhoods? After decades of work, what is emerging in Barrio Logan is a neighborhood of our own invention that reflects a unique cultural heritage – not that of developers and speculators."

The CEO and U-T owner, Doug Manchester, haven't been bashful in expressing their vision of turning the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and surrounding area into a new waterfront downtown, with a new Chargers stadium, and larger convention center. They pushed that proposal in a January 22 editorial, "Think Big -- New Vision Needed For a Downtown Waterfront."

"By working together we can build understanding in our community and integrity in our journalism."

The speaking engagement comes just weeks after New York Times columnist David Carr slammed the U-T San Diego for prosecuting "a political and commercial agenda."

County Supervisor Greg Cox will kick off the meeting, which begins at 11:45 and ends at 1:30pm. The event is free for members and $25 for non-members.

[1]: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jan/22/think-big-think-big-new-vision-needed-for/

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