Mayor’s proposed special election on convention center, homeless funding draws sharp questions

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s push for a November special election on a hotel tax hike to finance a long-sought expansion of San Diego’s convention center drew sharp questions Monday from both City Council members and advocates for the homeless.

While the council was not being asked yet to vote the proposal up or down, battle lines were being drawn in the fight over the increasingly contentious ballot measure, which would also allocate funding for addressing homelessness and repairing crumbling streets.

Questions were raised not only about the wisdom of spending millions of dollars on a special election but also whether enough money was being devoted to the city’s growing homeless problem. Also raising concerns were representatives of organized labor. The council is scheduled to consider the matter June 12.

“As I see the opposition from the community growing and not coalescing around this initiative, I have great concern on whether we’re on a fool’s errand,” said Councilman Chris Ward, noting that he supports enlarging the convention center and the notion of generating a reliable stream of money dedicated to addressing the needs of the homeless.

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