Mayor Creates Convention Center Panel

Mayor Jerry Sanders has created a new task force to study the proposed expansion of the Convention Center.

In a press release, Sanders said “remaining competitive in the convention business” was essential, especially given the economic downturn. In last week’s State of the City address, he said an expansion would “add value to one of the greatest economic generators any city has ever known.”

Sanders appointed 17 members to the task force, which will be led by Port Commissioner Stephen Cushman and Cheryl Kendrick, the outgoing chairwoman of the Convention Center board.

The other task force members are Bill Evans of the Evans Hotel Group; Mike McDowell of Atlas Hotels; Lani Lutar, president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association; public relations executive Bob Nelson; Lorena Gonzalez, secretary-treasurer of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council; Gordon Boerner, senior vice president of San Diego National Bank; Diane Takvorian, executive director of the Environmental Health Coalition; developer Charles Black; Fred Maas, chairman of the Centre City Development Corp.; and architect Mark Steele.

The committee, which must abide by state open meeting rules, will discuss issues such as the feasibility of an expansion, financing possibilities and the effects on the waterfront. It is scheduled to issue final recommendations in September.

RANI GUPTA

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