Those in support of expanding the San Diego Convention Center were given a sigh of relief last month as Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil ruled that the planned expansion complies with CEQA and the California Coastal Act. The timing of the decision comes at an opportune time for Mayor Kevin Faulconer who, during his State of the City, revealed a proposal to raise the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to fund the expansion.
Although the convention center expansion project will likely continue, there are still hurdles standing in the way. A public vote with two-thirds support from San Diegans is still required. Meanwhile, a competing project is vying to occupy the same site.
Judge Wohlfeil has set a hearing for March 3 to consider any objections.