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The Gaslamp Quarter Association Board of Directors received a presentation by San Diego Tourism Authority Executive Director, Joe Terzi, at their meeting on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

The Tourism Authority is supporting a Citizens’ Initiative to expand the San Diego Convention Center. According to an article published by KUSI:

Proponents say the “Yes! For a Better San Diego” measure, which would increase the tax paid by overnight visitors to San Diego, would pump more than $40 billion into the local economy and create nearly 7,000 permanent jobs.

Backers of the measure say it would generate $2 billion for homelessness programs and services, front-loading more than $140 million in the first five years to address the crisis, and would also dedicate more than $600 million for road and infrastructure repair.

The visitor tax would rise by 1.25 percent for lodging facilities on the periphery of the city to 3.25 percent for those located in the downtown area.