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High-profile opponents of a financing plan to expand San Diego’s Convention Center officially added one more to their number.
Longtime local hotelier Bill Evans believes the plan, which relies primarily on increased taxes for hotel guests citywide, is unfair. Evans, who runs hotels in Mission Bay and La Jolla, told the Union-Tribune that guests at hotels that are further from the Convention Center should pay less than they do under the current proposal.
“We’d like to come up with a proposal where those who don’t benefit as much pay a fee that’s proportionate to what they get. The current proposal doesn’t do that,” Evans said. “We will help fund the Convention Center, but not at the expense of fairness.”
Evans joins the hotel-workers union and the Chargers, who both oppose the financing scheme.
We’ll be doing our Q&A with Evans this week. Email or tweet me your questions or just leave them in the comment box.
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