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Convention center liars expose themselves

Say glut won't hit San Diego. But local center already slashing prices

Local convention center expansion touts are saying in media that the glut of convention center space around the nation shouldn't hurt San Diego, because it is such a desirable location. Carol Wallace, head of the center, said in some publication (I don't remember which) that San Diego is not Boise, a less attractive location. Phil Blair, chairman of the center, wrote in Voice of San Diego that San Diego is not Omaha or Spokane.

But San Diego itself is already slashing convention center prices. The center has put out a document saying that it is giving space discounts of 40%. Even the Union-Tribune printed an article showing that San Diego's charge to Comic-Con has dropped from $300,000 to $150,000.

San Francisco, an even more desirable location than San Diego, is putting together a fund so that it can cut prices. San Jose, which just finished an expansion, has given away space FREE, and heavily advertised the fact.

Advice: Don't listen to San Diego leadership.

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Local convention center expansion touts are saying in media that the glut of convention center space around the nation shouldn't hurt San Diego, because it is such a desirable location. Carol Wallace, head of the center, said in some publication (I don't remember which) that San Diego is not Boise, a less attractive location. Phil Blair, chairman of the center, wrote in Voice of San Diego that San Diego is not Omaha or Spokane.

But San Diego itself is already slashing convention center prices. The center has put out a document saying that it is giving space discounts of 40%. Even the Union-Tribune printed an article showing that San Diego's charge to Comic-Con has dropped from $300,000 to $150,000.

San Francisco, an even more desirable location than San Diego, is putting together a fund so that it can cut prices. San Jose, which just finished an expansion, has given away space FREE, and heavily advertised the fact.

Advice: Don't listen to San Diego leadership.

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HERE ARE MORE DATA ON SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER DISCOUNTS. The San Diego Convention Center's own data show how much its rents are being discounted. Here are data that the center itself published. Fiscal year 2010: Gross Rent $13.2 million. Rental Discount $4.7 million. Fiscal year 2011 Gross Rent $12.5 million. Rental Discount $5.5 million. Fiscal year 2012 Gross Rent $13.8 million. Rental Discount $5.5 million. Fiscal year 2013 Gross Rent $13.4 million. Rental Discount $5.9 million.

And convention center leaders say that only places like Omaha, Boise, and Spokane are affected by the massive glut of convention space?

Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

A real eye-opener, Don.

Oct. 10, 2013

Diogenes: Put yourself in the shoes of Carol Wallace and Phil Blair. Could you make the statements they did knowing the very deep discounts the convention center is already granting? I'll bet you couldn't. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to make such statements while knowing the truth. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

Don - who's plan for downtown is more expensive and uglier? Manchester's or Jacob's?

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: The only plan for downtown that is acceptable is not being put forward in this election: no more corporate welfare downtown. From now on, the money will be spent on infrastructure, maintenance, the neighborhoods, and reestablishing services (such as library) that have been cut. No convention center expansion, no subsidized football stadium, no any subsidized project lining private pockets downtown. Period.

One reason this is not being put forward is the candidates are looking at what happened to Bob Filner, and what happened to Mike Aguirre when he was city attorney. Best, Don Baduer

Oct. 10, 2013

I would guess that Jacobs/Fletcher would make less of a mess of things than Manchester/Faulconer - but it stinks no matter. Is the "expansion" possibly going to be voted down?

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: I have to check on the Coastal Commission right now. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

Don - I understand a lesser evil is still evil - and created from a lie remains a lie but I want to know the reality. One of those two monsters will win, so wondering now which one is the better bottom feeder?

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: I would not assume that either Fletcher or Faulconer will win. One of those two may be knocked out. If either one were elected, however, any San Diego money would be steered downtown for corporate welfare projects. It is urgently necessary that neither is elected. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

I just can't see how that neither gets in.

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: More is likely to come out before the election. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

I'll vote for Aguirre but he hasn't been in debates or adds - but I think Fletcher is quietly ahead.

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: Fletcher may be ahead now, but may not be in days ahead. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

Don - Aguirre is no competition and Aguirre isn't either. Sad truth.

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: I think you mean that Alvarez or Faulconer and Aguirre are no competition for Fletcher. I disagree. Vote for someone other than Fletcher and Faulconer and force a runoff. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

If I'm right, what else is there to do next?

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: Things may look bad right now, but the picture could be different before election day. So stick with somebody besides Fletcher or Faulconer, both of whom are corporate welfare lackeys. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2013

Yes I meant Alvarez

Oct. 10, 2013

shirleyberan: Alvarez means well but is too green to function in the snake pit of City Hall. In my opinion, Aguirre is the only answer. Again, that is not necessarily the Reader's opinion. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2013

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