Yes! For A Better San Diego addresses San Diego’s most urgent needs by reducing homelessness, fixing city streets, and creating 7,000 new permanent jobs. It modernizes and expands our convention center engine, which will drive our local economy forward and expand our regional economy by more than $40 billion. It will use visitor revenues - not local taxes - and will require annual independent audits to protect taxpayers.
Requires a Citizens Oversight Committee, 5 Year Spending Plans and Annual Audits to ensure funds are spent as intended.
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Ballot Measure to Aid Homeless, Expand Convention Center Meets Deadline
Backers of a ballot initiative that would tax hotel guests to fund expansion of the convention center, aid the homeless and fix local roads submitted the required number signatures Monday.
Petition drive begins for initiative to raise San Diego's hotel tax
Signature-gathering has officially begun for an initiative that would raise San Diego’s hotel tax to finance a convention center expansion, services and housing for the homeless, and road repairs.
Citizens Initiative To Expand San Diego Convention Center Starts Collecting Signatures
The organizers of a proposed ballot measure that would raise money for the downtown convention center and homelessness programs launched their signature-gathering effort Monday.
Supporters Of Initiative To Increase Hotel Tax Revenue Say It Would Generate $2B For Homelessness
A proposed ballot initiative to increase hotel tax revenue would generate $3.78 billion to expand and update the downtown convention center, $2.02 billion for homelessness services and $604 million for street repairs over four decades, according to projections released Tuesday by supporters.
“This tax would be paid exclusively by visitors, but would greatly benefit San Diegans. It will expand our local economy by $500 million each year – which is why the hotel and tourism industry are proud to support it”
“This initiative will change the lives of thousands of women, men, children and veterans living on the streets. It will get people out of tents and into stable homes – providing job training and counseling and care. It is imperative that we pass this measure.”
“This measure will create thousands of new, permanent jobs with good pay and real benefits. It will also build up working families by supporting the training and development of San Diego workers”
“This measure only taxes visitors, NOT San Diegans. It will grow our local economy by more than $40 billion, boost tourism and help local businesses thrive."
“As a dedicated San Diegan, I fully support the Yes! for a Better San Diego campaign because it puts our community first by helping to prevent homelessness, fixing city streets and enlarging our Convention Center to create thousands of jobs that will boost our local economy.”