Divided San Diego council to tackle possible public votes on SoccerCity, convention center

A sharply divided San Diego City Council is expected to decide soon whether two disputed proposals – SoccerCity in Mission Valley and a convention center expansion – will be presented to voters in November 2017 or November 2018.

Arguments for waiting until the 2018 general election include significant extra costs for a 2017 special election, unresolved details of both proposals and city voters easily approving a ballot measure last year that said such proposals should be decided in higher-turnout general elections.

The main argument in favor of having a special election this November is the time-sensitivity of both proposals.

Proponents of SoccerCity say delaying a vote on their proposal until late 2018 could cost San Diego a Major League Soccer franchise, essentially killing the entire plan.