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Old July 22nd, 2016, 03:45 AM   #1381
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Comic-Con to fans: no offsite convention expansion

Comic-Con organizers are taking advantage of a huge, captive audience this week to take aim at plans that would expand the San Diego convention center in a separate facility off the waterfront.

While the Chargers aren’t mentioned by name, a message from Comic-Con board president John Rogers in the convention’s souvenir book reiterates its opposition to anything that would thwart a contiguous expansion of its longtime home. The future of the Con in San Diego could depend on it, Rogers implies in his statement.

“We have signed contracts to remain in San Diego through 2018,” Rogers writes in his president’s message. “We hope to stay much longer. But any decision on our future will take into account negotiations on a variety of fronts that will have a direct effect on our exhibitors, panel participants, and most important, you, the fans and attendees.”

With more than 135,000 attendees, the always sold-out Comic-Con International long ago outgrew the confines of the city’s waterfront convention center. It has made do by expanding programming into nearby hotels, the Horton Grand Theatre and the San Diego Central Library.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...um-convention/
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 03:22 AM   #1382
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Only Comic-Con fills more San Diego hotel rooms than...

It should surprise no one to learn that San Diego’s annual Comic-Con fills the most hotel rooms every year. But do you know what events fill the second most rooms? Here’s a hint: It has to do with sports.

No, it’s not Chargers football or Padres baseball. It is youth soccer tournaments and other sporting events run by Surf Cup Sports. They bring tens of thousands of young athletes, their families, referees, college recruiters and more to this region every year.

All of that has caught the eyes of Major League Soccer, which is eyeing San Diego for a possible expansion team. Surf Cup Sports is an important part of that local soccer ecosystem. It’s also a homegrown success story.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...rf-cup-fields/
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Old July 24th, 2016, 03:17 AM   #1383
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San Diego Chargers getting stadium game-changer?

To try to “keep the drama down to a minimum,” San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is asking the state Supreme Court to expedite a ruling in a closely-watched case whose outcome could change the playing field for the San Diego Chargers as the team seeks to build a downtown football stadium.

The court case in question could be a game-changer for any California citizens’ initiative that creates new taxes for specific purposes because it might mean a simple majority vote instead of a two-thirds supermajority vote for approval. That lower threshold would sharply increase the chances the San Diego Chargers’ proposal to increase the hotel tax to 16.5 percent to pay for a joint convention center and stadium could succeed.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...allot-measure/
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Old July 26th, 2016, 05:21 AM   #1384
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Pendry Hotel Takes Form in the Gaslamp

Developed by the Robert Green Company, the 12-story, 317-room hotel will be managed by Montage Hotels & Resorts. Montage currently operates five luxury hotels in destinations like Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach. This will be the first of the company’s new Pendry brand, which promises first-class amenities and unique nightlife under one roof.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 06:07 AM   #1385
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Old July 27th, 2016, 06:54 PM   #1386
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I like it. The design, while modern, takes cues from the old Gaslamp building styles. I wish San Jose was this hip.
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Old July 28th, 2016, 04:22 AM   #1387
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General Atomics' $40-million gamble on small nukes

The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck.

The leadership at the San Diego company, which has been developing nuclear technologies for more than 60 years, has already spent $40 million in the expectation that its ambitious plans for the next generation of reactors will actually work.

“We have technology that we think is going to qualitatively change the game," said Christina Back, vice president of nuclear technologies and materials at General Atomics.
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Old July 29th, 2016, 04:32 AM   #1388
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Chamber endorses Chargers downtown stadium

The Chargers’ proposed downtown stadium ballot measure won its biggest endorsement Thursday from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 04:30 AM   #1389
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East Village South: Non-stadium plan revealed

As the Chargers’ $1.8 billion stadium-convention center heads toward the November ballot, an alternate vision will be presented Saturday for downtown’s East Village.

The so-called “East Village South Focus Plan” envisions apartment towers, high-tech start-ups, innovation-economy office compounds, new parks and plazas and maybe a convention annex or arena.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...-village-plan/
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Old July 31st, 2016, 01:30 AM   #1390
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Ritz Carlton, Whole Foods OK’d for East Village

The $400 million mixed use development at 7th and Market is designed as two towers rising 19 and 39 stories, with a combiniation of apartments, condos, office space, a Ritz Carlton hotel and Whole Foods market. Carrier Johnson + Culture
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Old August 1st, 2016, 12:27 AM   #1391
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Chargers can lose — and win

In the absence of one or both of those solar-system-changing events, I can’t picture the Chargers’ “convadium” measure getting even 50 percent, let alone the two-thirds majority that appears to be the legally required margin for victory.

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s odd seal of approval notwithstanding, there are too many deep teams lined up to defeat the Chargers downtown stadium play.

From tax hawks to populist pols of both parties to those who envision a vital East Village where people live and work, the long knives are out.

So why are the Chargers going through this democratic wringer, spending several millions of dollars only to have their helmets handed to them on a plate?
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...-lose-and-win/
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Old August 1st, 2016, 05:41 AM   #1392
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The biggest challenge the Chargers face getting voter approval for the stadium is the fact that they have been making various demands for a new stadium over the last two decades that require the City of San Diego to take on the financial burden with little in return. Voters in San Diego are getting tired of the repeated requested for handouts/money without any long term commitment to stay in San Diego (remember the Qualcomm deal back in 1990's after the Chargers went to Super Bowl? All the upgrades that were made to the stadium, without cost to the Chargers?). As much as I would like the Chargers to stay in San Diego, I don't think the city should be giving overly generous terms (corporate welfare) to the Spanos family.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 04:47 AM   #1393
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SDSU raises near-record $130M for research

San Diego State University pulled in $130 million for research during fiscal 2015, the second highest figure in campus history and the largest figure of any California State University campus.

As part of the CSU system, San Diego State is primarily devoted to teaching. But the campus decided in the 1980s to develop a large research program that has challenged some University of California campuses for money, as well as those in the CSU.

The $24.9 million SDSU obtained from the National Institutes of Health in fiscal 2015 was higher than UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara got from the same agency

SDSU received money across a wide variety of academic disciplines. The contracts include the start of a $10 million endowment fund that will be used to study disparities in the public's access to health care. The campus also got $2 million to search for early development signs of autism, and $2 million to help in the development of new antibiotics.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 04:31 AM   #1394
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Voters to decide Lilac Hills project
Supervisors vote to place Valley Center development on November ballot

County voters will decide in November whether more than 1,700 homes should be built on a huge swatch of mostly agricultural land in Valley Center.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to put a citizens initiative on the ballot that would clear the way for the controversial Lilac Hills Ranch housing development, which has been in the planning stages for a decade. Supervisor Bill Horn abstained, after the state determined last year that he had a conflict of interest because he owns property nearby.

Lilac Hills Ranch calls for 1,746 homes, plus commercial space and parks and trails to be built on 608 acres roughly 12 miles north of Escondido just east of Interstate 15. Current zoning would allow for only 110 homes on the land.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...tive-approved/
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...g-waving-razz/
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Old August 4th, 2016, 04:04 AM   #1395
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Tijuana prepares for new Bus Rapid Transit system
Main route will lead from the U.S. border to eastern Tijuana

Tijuana is preparing to launch a major overhaul of its chaotic public transportation system before the year is out, and the centerpiece will be a 23-mile Bus Rapid Transit route that runs between the downtown area near the U.S. border and the eastern part of the city.

The project’s first phase, to be completed over the next couple of years, will serve some 120,000 passengers a day, or about 30 percent of the city’s ridership, Mayor Jorge Astiazarán said during a tour of the route this week. The mayor wants the initial stage of the plan, with 51 stations and two terminals, to start offering service before his term ends on Nov. 30.
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Tijuana group urges pedestrian improvements

Rendering for a "Threshold of the Americas" linking the border with Tijuana's downtown area. This shows a view for a proposed plaza looking northeast from the southern bank of the Tijuana River.
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Stadium, convention initiatives need two-thirds vote
City attorney weighs in on hotel tax ballot measures

Both the Chargers initiative to build a downtown stadium and a second November ballot measure to raise funds for a convention center will require approval of two-thirds of voters as opposed to a simple majority, San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said Friday.

While acknowledging that the legal question will likely be decided by the state Supreme Court, Goldsmith concluded that based on current law, the two measures need a higher threshold for passage because they’re seeking to raise the hotel tax for a specific funding purpose.
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Old August 8th, 2016, 04:27 AM   #1398
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FOCUS: SAN DIEGO CONNECTIONS TO THE RIO GAMES
Climate, competition cited as reasons dozens of U.S. and foreign athletes choose to train here

Australia’s BMX team held a media day last week before flying to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro that open Friday. It wasn’t in Sydney or Melbourne or the capital of Canberra or on the Gold Coast, where the nation’s bicycle motocross headquarters are.

It was in Chula Vista

It has become a quadrennial pastime for America’s Finest City, embracing its five-ring identity, celebrating the diversity of its athletic legacy, cataloging the number of Olympians who are from here or currently live and train here: two water polo players, three sailors, four volleyball players, runners, jumpers, throwers, BMX cyclists, track cyclists, gymnasts, triathletes.

The count for Rio, including those competing for foreign countries and the part-time rowing contingent, is north of 110 — which is up slightly from London in 2012, which was up from Beijing in 2008, which was up from Athens in 2004.

Let’s pause for some perspective: Only 25 entire countries sent Olympic delegations to London larger than San Diego’s 114-strong presence in Rio; 177 countries sent smaller groups, including Cuba, Greece, Mexico, India and Nigeria.

Another way to look at it: San Diego County has roughly 1 percent of the nation’s population, and about 18 percent of its 555 Olympic athletes in Rio. The Olympic Training Center compiled a list of U.S. athletes who used the facility at some point during the previous four-year training quad — some for years, some for weeks — and the number swelled to 200.
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PROTEA WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT SELECTED TO REDEVELOP SEAPORT VILLAGE
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Bosa’s Pacific Gate development continues to rise at the southeast corner of Broadway and Pacific and is already selling units:
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