October 16th, 2016

Chargers: ‘Tourists Pay — We Benefit’

Key Theme of Pro ‘C’ Campaign Centers on Who Pays

In the waning weeks of the campaign season, the central theme of Measure C (Chargers’ stadium initiative) proponents is the argument that San Diegans will benefit from passage of the measure as it is hotel-bound visitors to San Diego who will foot the bill for a new stadium, not San Diego taxpayers.

The “they pay, we don’t” mantra is hammered home in the latest Yes on C campaign ad, which you can watch here. The 15-second spot reminds viewers that San Diego is a tourist town and it is the hotel tax paying tourists — not locals — who will bear the cost of a combined Chargers’ stadium / convention center annex proposed by the ballot measure.

img_9700Not mentioned, of course, is the fact that the hotel levy, also known as the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), can be used for pretty much anything the San Diego City Council determines it is needed for — filling pot holes, hiring police officers, training firefighters, extending library hours, shoring up the city’s ailing infrastructure. It is these services that Measure C foes argue may suffer should the measure gain approval by the electorate, services and programs from which local residents would “benefit” more directly if/when the city — and voters — deem a future hike in TOT necessary to underwrite city budget needs.


Lights, Camera, Action!

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Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), San Diego International Film Festival 2016

San Diego is a region of cinema supporters and aficionados that celebrate the best the art of film has to offer. This is why “film lovers can find a festival or movie screening catering to their tastes almost every weekend of the year in San Diego,” according to the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA).

Indeed! In recent weeks, San Diego has played proud host to two festivals: San Diego Italian Film Festival and the San Diego International Film Festival. These followed several other film series earlier this year, including the San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego Jewish Film FestivalFilmOut San Diego and San Diego Black Film Festival. And SDTA reports that smaller but growing film festivals cater to all kinds of niche interests and ages. There’s a Surf Film Festival, the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival (for horror fans) and the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival. There’s even a Design Film Festival, which celebrates movies about advertising, architecture, art, fashion and urban planning.

Film buffs eager for their next cinema festival fix don’t have long to wait as the San Diego Asian Film Festival opens November 3. It’s now the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States. Along with narrative features , the nine-day festival also includes documentaries, short films and animation highlighting works from more than 20 countries.

SDTA provides a great write-up — with links to each festival — on the San Diego film festival scene. You can find it here.


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1 comment to Chargers: ‘Tourists Pay — We Benefit’

  • Steve Weathers

    Prop C ads are now saying “Event Center” instead of “Convention Center Expansion”. I guess the poling showed the change in language was needed.

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