How will an expanded Convention Center get paid for? City taxpayers, tourists and the Unified Port of San Diego will all contribute, and city taxpayers’ share could grow.

Make it Rain Man,” the superhero helping San Diego figure out where to get money for the deal, returns in San Diego Explained with our Scott Lewis and NBC7 San Diego’s Catherine Garcia to look at the funding sources.

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Note: At the 2:25 mark, Lewis mentions that $3.5 million from the city’s day-to-day operating fund may be invested for the expansion. It’s actually $3.5 million annually over 30 years. That would be a total of $105 million from the city’s day-to-day budget, which pays for police, fire, street repair and other city services that have seen a decline.

Dagny Salas is the web editor at You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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