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City officials beg courts to declare Measure C passed so that Convention Center can expand services to migrant minors.

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“Besides the money, there’s also the health question,” said Grubber. “Already, nearly 40 kids being sheltered in the convention center have tested positive for covid. They need to be quarantined, and the kids that remain need sufficient space to maintain social distancing. Follow the science: if you don’t pass Measure C, you are literally killing children.”
“Besides the money, there’s also the health question,” said Grubber. “Already, nearly 40 kids being sheltered in the convention center have tested positive for covid. They need to be quarantined, and the kids that remain need sufficient space to maintain social distancing. Follow the science: if you don’t pass Measure C, you are literally killing children.”

San Diego’s Measure C, which would have raised the city’s hotel tax in an effort to secure funds for a Convention Center expansion, came tantalizingly close to obtaining the two-thirds majority required for passage. But supporters of the measure note that since its failure, appellate courts have ruled that at least two other tax hike ballot measures required only a simple majority for passage. City officials are therefore hoping that a some court, any court will rule that Measure C actually passed, so that expansion can commence ASAP. There is reason for the urgency: the Federal government is currently paying nearly $800 a day to house and care for unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border during the recent surge. Already, nearly 1500 of those minors are living at the San Diego Convention Center. “You do the math,” says Convention Center Expansion Manager Manny Grubber. “The more space we have, the more kids we can take. And more kids are coming all the time. But who knows how long this surge will last? The time to act is now! This crisis can’t wait!”

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“Besides the money, there’s also the health question,” said Grubber. “Already, nearly 40 kids being sheltered in the convention center have tested positive for covid. They need to be quarantined, and the kids that remain need sufficient space to maintain social distancing. Follow the science: if you don’t pass Measure C, you are literally killing children.”
“Besides the money, there’s also the health question,” said Grubber. “Already, nearly 40 kids being sheltered in the convention center have tested positive for covid. They need to be quarantined, and the kids that remain need sufficient space to maintain social distancing. Follow the science: if you don’t pass Measure C, you are literally killing children.”

San Diego’s Measure C, which would have raised the city’s hotel tax in an effort to secure funds for a Convention Center expansion, came tantalizingly close to obtaining the two-thirds majority required for passage. But supporters of the measure note that since its failure, appellate courts have ruled that at least two other tax hike ballot measures required only a simple majority for passage. City officials are therefore hoping that a some court, any court will rule that Measure C actually passed, so that expansion can commence ASAP. There is reason for the urgency: the Federal government is currently paying nearly $800 a day to house and care for unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border during the recent surge. Already, nearly 1500 of those minors are living at the San Diego Convention Center. “You do the math,” says Convention Center Expansion Manager Manny Grubber. “The more space we have, the more kids we can take. And more kids are coming all the time. But who knows how long this surge will last? The time to act is now! This crisis can’t wait!”

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