Good morning from Hillcrest.
- This afternoon, the Mayor’s Convention Center task force is scheduled to vote on a recommendation to expand the city’s convention center at a cost of $750 million to $1 billion. I’ll be offering live updates on Twitter from the meeting, which goes from 4 to 6 p.m. at Barrio Logan. Follow me at twitter.com/dillonliam to get regular updates.
Also, there were lots of Convention Center articles from over the weekend. The U-T asks the question everyone has been asking: How is the city going to pay?
Both the Reader and I have been covering the fallout from the release of the task force’s draft report. A professor quoted in the report says he was “thoroughly mischaracterized;” a Convention Center spokesman replies that the professor is a “whack job.” The Readers’ three blog posts are here, here and here.
- In other city construction news, the Centre City Development Corp. is scheduled to vote this week on spending $700,000 to prepare for negotiations with a Portland, Ore. developer on a new city hall building. The U-T notes that $100,000 previously mentioned for “public outreach” has been eliminated. City Council is expected to vote on entering a exclusive negotiating agreement with the developer sometime this month.
- Interesting news out of San Jose. The city is studying a proposal to give independent financial experts the majority of seats on its public employee pension board. San Jose’s consultant cites the restructuring of San Diego’s pension board as a “best practice.”
- Enrollment is at record highs, but remains fewer than 1,000 people in a San Diego County program designed to help “the poorest of the poor.” Critics say the county has too many barriers for people to receive assistance.
- In news from cities other than San Diego, six people have applied for a temporarily vacant city council position in Chula Vista and Port commission spot. La Mesa officials say there will be a thorough investigation after two public works employees were arrested on drug charges last week.
And the Tri-City public hospital district is saying thanks but no thanks to recommendations from a county grand jury on changes to its governance structure.