October 2nd, 2016

Stadium Measure Picks Up Key Endorsement

Downtown Partnership Weighs In — With Conditions.


(Note: Since publication of this post on Sunday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has endorsed Measure C, the Chargers’ stadium initiative.) 

Endorsements often play an important role in helping voters decide whether to support or oppose candidates for office as well as ballot measures, particularly when those measures are complex and/or highly controversial. David Garrick of the U-T chronicles endorsements — for and against — two stadium related measures on the November ballot. Missing from his piece, published in mid September, is the very latest endorsement — and a very prominent one.

Kris Michell

Kris Michell

The Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) on Friday endorsed the Chargers’ Measure C, potentially setting the stage, according to many pundits, for a decision by the mayor to weigh in on the initiative — one way or another. The partnership’s endorsement comes with many conditions based on significant concerns about the measure, concerns shared by the mayor and others who formally oppose the measure.

“We have had a long history of supporting large iconic projects and a sports and entertainment district downtown — this project is representative of both,” partnership president & CEO Kris Michell told the U-T.


Lights, Camera, Action!

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Our city played proud host to the San Diego International Film Festival this week, welcoming screen actors, movie directors and producers, film industry media and local cinema enthusiasts for five days of film screenings, workshops, parties and awards programs.

New this year were several event sites, primarily in the heart of downtown, which added an urban vibe to the festival’s traditional event spaces — the Museum of Contemporary Art and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla/UTC. Stars of yesterday and today, from Warren Beatty to Kate Beckinsale, graced the festival’s red carpet.

With over 2000 film submissions from more than 65 countries, the festival has earned its “international” moniker, providing an eclectic mix of perspectives on a variety of timely topics including social justice, environmental sustainability, the plight of returning veterans, Native American life, women in film and much more.

Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell

Among this year’s award winners were Annette Bening, who received the Gregory Peck Award for cinematic excellence. Bening was accompanied to the festival by her husband actor Warren Beatty.

Other honorees included actress Kate Beckinsale (Love and Friendship, Blood Wars, Pearl Harbor, Aviator, Total Recall), who was honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award; Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory), who earned the Auteur Award; and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton, Kong, Skull Island), winner of the Rising Star Award.


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