I’ve gotten a few e-mails about this post comparing the presentations at the task force studying a potential expansion of the San Diego Convention Center to the 2002-03 Chargers Task Force.
I noted that the Chargers Task Force scheduled a formal presentation by anti-tax activist Richard Rider, a critic of the stadium proposal. So far, the Convention Center Task Force has heard mostly from paid consultants touting the demand for a new center.
David Watson, who served as chairman of the Chargers Task Force, e-mailed me noting that the panel also scheduled formal talks from experts such as Ronald Utt and Dean Baim, who said a new stadium wouldn’t provide an economic benefit to the area.
We tried very hard to make sure we heard differing opinions as we gathered information to make our recommendations.
Another reader e-mailed me to point out that unlike the Convention Center panel, the Chargers Task Force members included Bruce Henderson, a former city councilman and Chargers critic. In 2003, Henderson gave a critical account of the behind-the-scenes turmoil at the task force to the Reader.