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share storyby letters editori am concerned about the loss of downtown seattle’s convention place transit station. a recent op-ed, [“greenlight washington state convention center expansion,” opinion, april 17] stated king county metro will sell the station for $275 million to allow expansion of the convention center.yes, our convention center brings much business to the area, but as a local area resident, i use convention place station regularly to access that vibrant area of our city. it provides convenient access to events at the convention center, act theatre, restaurants, shopping and sight seeing. i object to the proposal to eliminate the transit station just for more convention space. with the traffic and limited parking, we need more transit accessibility, not less.the op-ed mentions






convention center tax hike gets more support than other proposals


san diegans support a proposal to spend a proposed hotel-tax increase on expanding the convention center, helping the homeless and repairing roads, according to a new survey by the san diego union-tribune and 10news.the proposal receives more support than other ideas floated recently, and more support than not raising the tax.relatedfate of convention center ballot measure on the line mondaypreviously






superbowl 2017 ramps up security in houston


officer keith mccart, of the long beach, calif., police department, patrols with k-9 pidura outside the george r. brown convention center, the nfl super bowl 51 football media center and site of the nfl experience, jan. 31, 2017, in houston. ap p o/david j. phillip






convention center paid almost $8,000 in personal legal bills for board member


the san diego convention center paid almost $8,000 to the personal attorney of board member stephen cushman, who sought independent legal advice about a records request sent to the public agency.the fees, charged at rates of up to $595 an hour, were incurred last summer after cushman asked attorney brian seltzer to review the convention center response to a request under the california public records act before the documents were released publicly.a san diego icon in business and philanthropy who has lent his time and name to a host of civic causes over the decades, cushman reimbursed the convention center $7,756 last month — after he was threatened with a lawsuit over the public expense for private advice.cushman said in an email that he was traveling out of the country. he did not respon






posh hotel squares off against convention center expansion


tensions are heating up over plans to build a major hotel complex on a key bayfront site where san diego mayor kevin faulconer is pushing instead for an expansion of the city’s convention center.in a strongly worded letter sent last week to faulconer, an attorney for the hotel developer advised the mayor to back off from his lobbying efforts to advance an expansion project, asserting that he is undermining plans for the $300 million hotel development, known as fifth avenue landing.developer letter sent to mayor kevin faulconerdocumentdeveloper letter sent to mayor kevin faulconerdownload now“the purpose of this letter is to advise you that your conduct and the conduct of the city and sdccc (san diego convention center corp.) are interfering with (fifth avenue landing’s) contractual rights






posh hotel squares off against convention center expansion


tensions are heating up over plans to build a major hotel complex on a key bayfront site where san diego mayor kevin faulconer is pushing instead for an expansion of the city’s convention center.in a strongly worded letter sent last week to faulconer, an attorney for the hotel developer advised the mayor to back off from his lobbying efforts to advance an expansion project, asserting that he is undermining plans for the $300 million hotel development, known as fifth avenue landing.developer letter sent to mayor kevin faulconerdocumentdeveloper letter sent to mayor kevin faulconerdownload now“the purpose of this letter is to advise you that your conduct and the conduct of the city and sdccc (san diego convention center corp.) are interfering with (fifth avenue landing’s) contractual rights






posh hotel squares off against convention center expansion


tensions are heating up over plans to build a major hotel complex on a key bayfront site where san diego mayor kevin faulconer is pushing instead for an expansion of the city’s convention center.in a strongly worded letter sent last week to faulconer, an attorney for the hotel developer advised the mayor to back off from his lobbying efforts to advance an expansion project, asserting that he is undermining plans for the $300 million hotel development, known as fifth avenue landing.developer letter sent to mayor kevin faulconerdocumentdeveloper letter sent to mayor kevin faulconerdownload now“the purpose of this letter is to advise you that your conduct and the conduct of the city and sdccc (san diego convention center corp.) are interfering with (fifth avenue landing’s) contractual rights






houston convention center gives refuge to harvey’s survivors


houston (ap) — patricia cain entered the george r. brown convention center barefoot and carrying two oxygen tanks. the first was empty. the second was given to her by the houston fire department after the u.s. coast guard rescued her from her flooded home.she suffers from congestive heart failure, among other illnesses. her son, william, and 9-year-old grandson were waiting for her inside. both were barefoot as well.“i live in a lake where there was once dry land,” william cain said.the cains were among hundreds of people who arrived sunday by boat, by bus, and by foot to houston’s showcase convention center downtown, transformed by volunteers with few hours’ notice into a shelter as harvey ravaged houston.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.weary and carrying little






a trump-backing billionaire ‘movement’ is dangerously close to calling a constit


a billionaire-backed “movement” is dangerously close to calling a constitutional convention of states under article v of the u.s. constitution. if realized, it would be the first constitutional convention since the 1787 philadelphia convention, which replaced the articles of confederation with the u.s. constitution.after an active start to 2017, proponents are now allegedly seven states away from reaching the needed 34 states (two-thirds) to convene a convention. according to article v, which lays out all the ways the constitution can be amended, any amendments proposed by the convention would then need to be ratified by 38 (three-fourths) of the states.analysis of email blasts from proponents and a new op-ed shows that an emboldened group of paid pro-convention campaigners are advocating






houston convention center gives refuge to harvey's survivors


houston — patricia cain entered the george r. brown convention center barefoot and carrying two oxygen tanks. the first was empty. the second was given to her by the houston fire department after the u.s. coast guard rescued her from her flooded home.she suffers from congestive heart failure, among other illnesses. her son, william, and 9-year-old grandson were waiting for her inside. both were barefoot as well."i live in a lake where there was once dry land," william cain said.the cains were among hundreds of people who arrived sunday by boat, by bus, and by foot to houston's showcase convention center downtown, transformed by volunteers with few hours' notice into a shelter as harvey ravaged houston.weary and carrying little more than what was in their pockets, they prepared for what cou






convention center tax hike gets more support than other proposals


san diegans support a proposal to spend a proposed hotel-tax increase on expanding the convention center, helping the homeless and repairing roads, according to a new survey by the san diego union-tribune and 10news.the proposal receives more support than other ideas floated recently, and more support than not raising the tax.previously






price tag for denver’s convention center expansion soars to $233 million as hote


the cost of outfitting the colorado convention center with a rooftop expansion has been rising rapidly, and on thursday, denver city officials issued a new price tag: $233 million.that new estimate is more than double the preliminary cost of $104 million that officials discussed before voters approved extensions of taxes on car rentals and hotel stays for the project in november 2015. to make up the gap in expected funding, officials say, they will tap the city’s existing convention-related income streams and allow supportive hotel owners to kick in money by creating a new 1 percent tax on stays in denver’s midsize and large hotels.adding the surcharge to existing lodger’s and sales taxes would make the check-out tax paid by guests of those hotels 15.75 percent.the convention center expans






hotel developers sue convention center as expansion plans launch


as mayor kevin faulconer’s convention center ballot initiative kicked off monday, one thing was missing from the plans — city control of the land where an expansion would occur.in fact, developers of a luxury bayfront hotel proposed for the site have sued the san diego convention center, accusing the city-owned nonprofit agency of interfering in their permitting process.fifth avenue landing, the company that controls the five acres along san diego bay where faulconer wants to expand the city’s showcase meeting space, claims in the lawsuit that convention center officials are undermining plans for a 4-star, $300 million hotel.“plaintiff believes that defendant has been taking actions designed to prevent plaintiff from satisfying its contractual obligations,” states the suit, filed last mont






san diego holds onto top 5 ranking for conventions


san diego, as it has in previous years, ranks among the top five destinations for meetings in the u.s. even as local leaders say the city’s convention center is losing out on business because it is too small.cvent, which each year tracks more than 5,000 cities throughout the u.s. to produce its list of the top 50 convention destinations, shows orlando at the top of the list for 2016, while las vegas, now no. 2, traded places with chicago. atlanta and san diego remained in fourth and fifth places, respectively.the rankings are based not just on convention center business but also meetings large and small that are held in area hotels. cvent, in compiling its overall list of top 50 destinations, takes into consideration actual bookings as well as the volume of proposals solicited by meeting p






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don’t sacrifice convention place station for convention center expansion


in their op-ed, [“greenlight the convention-center expansion project” opinion, april 17] jeff brotman, founder and executive chairman of costco wholesale, and brad smith, microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, write the project “would help lay the foundation for continued economic health” in the region. but thinking more broadly about “foundations” raises another regional question other than project timing.how might the design of the washington state convention center expansion and its concrete and rebar foundation avoid backing seattle and sound transit into a corner? after closure of the convention place station (cps) in 2021 can seattle really handle on its surface streets all of those present and future buses scheduled to be displaced from current tunnel use?should the washingt






fate of convention center ballot measure on the line monday


a sharply divided san diego city council must decide on monday whether voters get a chance this november to expand the city’s overbooked convention center and boost funding for homelessness and street repair.mayor kevin faulconer, spearheading the proposal, is lobbying hard to break up a 5-4 council majority that says a vote this year would be a bad idea for a variety of reasons.a council vote against a november special election for the convention center expansion would also make it nearly certain the council will decide, one week later, to delay until 2018 a vote on the soccercity proposal for reuse of qualcomm stadium.faulconer and other supporters of the convention center measure emphasize the jobs it would create and the millions in additional revenue it would bring the city. they say






mayor pushing public vote this november on convention center expansion


voters could be asked this november to approve a hike in the hotel room tax to fund a more than $600 million expansion of san diego’s bayfront convention center, mayor kevin faulconer’s office said wednesday.in a presentation to the board of the san diego convention center corp., mayoral chief of staff stephen puetz announced for the first time that the mayor’s office wants to revive an already approved enlargement of the center, although the original $550 million cost has now escalated to between $630 million and $685 million.related: hotel developer battling mayor over convention center siteto finance that project, faulconer will need two-thirds majority approval by voters of a measure that would raise room taxes by 1 to 3 percentage points, depending on how close or far away individual






san diego holds onto top 5 ranking for conventions


san diego, as it has in previous years, ranks among the top five destinations for meetings in the u.s. even as local leaders say the city’s convention center is losing out on business because it is too small.cvent, which each year tracks more than 5,000 cities throughout the u.s. to produce its list of the top 50 convention destinations, shows orlando at the top of the list for 2016, while las vegas, now no. 2, traded places with chicago. atlanta and san diego remained in fourth and fifth places, respectively.the rankings are based not just on convention center business but also meetings large and small that are held in area hotels. cvent, in compiling its overall list of top 50 destinations, takes into consideration actual bookings as well as the volume of proposals solicited by meeting p






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radisson clock tower comes down as demolition begins


convention authority chief pitches plan for new centerkaren caffarinithe chief executive officer of the south shore convention and visitors authority took his pitch for a convention center in lake county to government leaders friday, saying he would like to see the area rejuvenate, not decline, once the holiday star theater and banquet space at the radisson hotel...the chief executive officer of the south shore convention and visitors authority took his pitch for a convention center in lake county to government leaders friday, saying he would like to see the area rejuvenate, not decline, once the holiday star theater and banquet space at the radisson hotel... (karen caffarini)






radisson demolition expected to begin


convention authority chief pitches plan for new centerkaren caffarinithe chief executive officer of the south shore convention and visitors authority took his pitch for a convention center in lake county to government leaders friday, saying he would like to see the area rejuvenate, not decline, once the holiday star theater and banquet space at the radisson hotel...the chief executive officer of the south shore convention and visitors authority took his pitch for a convention center in lake county to government leaders friday, saying he would like to see the area rejuvenate, not decline, once the holiday star theater and banquet space at the radisson hotel... (karen caffarini)






convention center tax hike gets more support than other proposals


the council is scheduled to vote monday on whether to put the convention center expansion on the ballot this november, and then vote june 19 on adding soccercity to the same ballot. (citytv)the council is scheduled to vote monday on whether to put the convention center expansion on the ballot this november, and then vote june 19 on adding soccercity to the same ballot. (citytv)






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after lengthy rules debate, mpls. dfl convention gets down to business


democracy is messy, and in minneapolis on saturday it was also slow.more than 1,300 delegates in the minneapolis dfl endured a full day of procedural wrangling at the minneapolis convention center, where most of them gathered to endorse a candidate for mayor ahead of the nov. 7 election.the convention, a last chance for political insiders to shape the mayoral race, started at 10 a.m. the gathering didn't vote to approve the rules and agenda for the convention until 1 p.m. and delegates didn't begin nominating candidates for mayor until 4:30 p.m.the minneapolis dfl hasn't been able to endorse a candidate in a closely contested mayoral election since 1979, but the convention was expected to help bring a crowded field into focus.mayor betsy hodges faced endorsement challenges from six candida






after lengthy rules debate, mpls. dfl convention gets down to business


democracy is messy, and in minneapolis on saturday it was also slow.more than 1,300 delegates in the minneapolis dfl endured a full day of procedural wrangling at the minneapolis convention center, where most of them gathered to endorse a candidate for mayor ahead of the nov. 7 election.the convention, a last chance for political insiders to shape the mayoral race, started at 10 a.m. the gathering didn’t vote to approve the rules and agenda for the convention until 1 p.m. and delegates didn’t begin nominating candidates for mayor until 4:30 p.m.the minneapolis dfl hasn’t been able to endorse a candidate in a closely contested mayoral election since 1979, but the convention was expected to help bring a crowded field into focus.mayor betsy hodges faced endorsement challenges from six candida






mpls. dfl convention kicks off with 8 vying for mayoral endorsement


delegates with the minneapolis dfl are gathering saturday morning at the minneapolis convention center to throw their support behind candidates for mayor, with the stated goal of endorsing one of them ahead of the nov. 7 election.the minneapolis dfl hasn’t been able to endorse a candidate in a closely-contested mayoral election since 1979, but the convention will help bring a crowded field into focus, and delegates are preparing for what could be a long day. delegates will also try to endorse candidates for the park board and the board of estimate and taxation.proceedings start at 10 a.m. everyone must be out of the convention center by midnight.mayor betsy hodges faces endorsement challenges from seven candidates, including state rep. ray dehn, council member jacob frey, former hennepin t






protesters injure 1 officer at nationalist party convention


berlin — protesters have injured one police officer while trying to block the hotel in cologne where the nationalist alternative for germany party is holding a two-day convention.the german news agency dpa reported saturday that afd party members could enter their convention center only with massive police protection because hundreds of demonstrators tried to keep them out.around 50,000 left-wing protesters are expected and about 4,000 police officers are on the ground in cologne to prevent a violent escalation of anti-populist rallies.the convention takes place days after afd's co-leader frauke petry, who is germany's best-known nationalist politician, said that she won't be her party's top candidate in the september general election, a decision that appears to reflect a growing split amo






wisconsin assembly set to request constitutional convention


madison, wis. — the wisconsin assembly is poised to request a convention to change the u.s. constitution.the chamber is set to vote wednesday on a resolution demanding a convention of states to add a balanced budget requirement to the document.wisconsin would be the 28th of 34 states needed to force a convention if the resolution passes both the assembly and senate.critics worry a convention could lead to wild constitutional revisions. the assembly is set to pass a separate measure wednesday that would require the state's convention delegation to abide by rules the assembly of state legislatures drew up last year for a potential convention.the chamber also is expected to pass a bill that would allow delegates to dismiss colleagues who work for anything other than a balanced budget amendmen






wisconsin assembly set to request constitutional convention


madison, wis. — the wisconsin assembly is poised to request a convention to change the u.s. constitution.the chamber is set to vote wednesday on a resolution demanding a convention of states to add a balanced budget requirement to the document.wisconsin would be the 30th of 34 states needed to force a convention if the resolution passes both the assembly and senate.critics worry a convention could lead to wild constitutional revisions. the assembly is set to pass a separate measure wednesday that would require the state's convention delegation to abide by rules the assembly of state legislatures drew up last year for a potential convention.the chamber also is expected to pass a bill that would allow delegates to dismiss colleagues who work for anything other than a balanced budget amendmen






convention center ballot proposal advances, but faces hurdles


mayor kevin faulconer’s plan to ask voters in november to approve a hotel tax hike for financing an expanded convention center cleared the first of several hurdles wednesday, but still faces opposition from homeless advocates and threatened litigation from a developer.the san diego city council’s four-member rules committee instructed the offices of the city attorney and mayor to work on drafting a ballot measure that would raise the city’s room tax by as much as 3 percentage points to not only fund an enlarged convention center but also address growing homelessness and needed street repairs.the council in may or june will take up the matter of holding a special election in november to consider the room tax ballot measure. a two-thirds majority of the electorate would be required to pass t






mayor pushing public vote this november on convention center expansion


voters could be asked this november to approve a hike in the hotel room tax to fund a more than $600 million expansion of san diego’s bayfront convention center, mayor kevin faulconer’s office said wednesday.in a presentation to the board of the san diego convention center corp., mayoral chief of staff stephen puetz announced for the first time that faulconer wants to revive an already approved enlargement of the center, despite previous discussions about possibly scaling down the project.the original $550 million cost, though, has now escalated to between $630 million and $685 million, and delaying a public vote until 2018 would mean having to finance an even costlier project, puetz said.related: hotel developer battling mayor over convention center siteto pay for that project, faulconer






mayor pushing public vote this november on convention center expansion


voters could be asked this november to approve a hike in the hotel room tax to fund a more than $600 million expansion of san diego’s bayfront convention center, mayor kevin faulconer’s office said wednesday.in a presentation to the board of the san diego convention center corp., mayoral chief of staff stephen puetz announced for the first time that faulconer wants to revive an already approved enlargement of the center, despite previous discussions about possibly scaling down the project.the original $550 million cost, though, has now escalated to between $630 million and $685 million, and delaying a public vote until 2018 would mean having to finance an even costlier project, puetz said.related: hotel developer battling mayor over convention center siteto pay for that project, faulconer






hillary clinton to speak at book publishing convention


new york — hillary clinton is coming to next month's publishing convention.the former presidential candidate, secretary of state and u.s. senator will speak june 1 at bookexpo, the industry's annual national gathering, convention officials told the associated press on wednesday. the hour-long event is being billed as "an evening with hillary rodham clinton." it will take place at the jacob javits center in new york, site for bookexpo.officials declined to say whether clinton will give a speech and/or will be interviewed onstage. clinton will likely discuss the book of essays she has planned for september. the book, currently untitled, is expected to touch upon her loss to donald trump in the 2016 election.clinton was first lady when she spoke at the 1995 convention to promote her book "it






denver council panel advances tax proposal tied to convention center project – t


a proposal that would allow for a new kind of tourism tax to help pay for the $233 million colorado convention center expansion project passed its first hurdle wednesday.the denver city council’s business committee voted 6-0 to advance a proposed ordinance that would enable the creation of a tourism improvement district. the full council likely will vote later this month.that new local law would need approval before the colorado hotel and lodging association could move forward with its plan to initiate a 1 percent tax on stays at hotels with at least 50 rooms within denver city limits.the hotel tax idea is one of several ways the city and convention boosters plan to raise money for a rooftop expansion of the convention center without going back to city voters. in 2015, voters approved exte






mayor pushing public vote this november on convention center expansion


voters could be asked this november to approve a hike in the hotel room tax to fund a more than $600 million expansion of san diego’s bayfront convention center, mayor kevin faulconer’s office said wednesday.in a presentation to the board of the san diego convention center corp., mayoral chief of staff stephen puetz announced for the first time that faulconer wants to revive an already approved enlargement of the center, despite previous discussions about possibly scaling down the project.letter from city attorney to fifth avenue landingdocumentletter from city attorney to fifth avenue landingdownload nowthe original $550 million cost, though, has now escalated to between $630 million and $685 million, and delaying a public vote until 2018 would mean having to finance an even costlier proj






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