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U-T San Diego Invites GOP to Move Convention Here if Hurricane Hits

Editorial notes monumental task, but says City Hall could team with tourism industry, others.

A U-T San Diego editorial on Friday noted the possibility of Tropical Storm Isaac becoming a hurricane—and threatening next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

So what to do?

Vacate to San Diego, suggested the editorial.

While conceding that a last-minute shift is unlikely and a monumental logistical task, the U-T said: “San Diego should have the can-do spirit to overcome those problems. With leadership from City Hall, convention center officials and the tourism industry, it could be done.”

But the San Diego Free Press—an liberal opinion site—responded by saying:

We un-nominate San Diego as the city for the GOP—we’re still paying for the last time the Republicans held a convention here. It’s fairly accepted now that the City of San Diego spent $50 Million to host the 1996 GOP convention here. That money went mainly into infrastructure and personnel costs.  And guess what?  Then-Mayor Susan Golding raided our treasuries for this partisan confab, and led to the underfunding of the pensions.

San Diego was set to host the 1972 GOP national convention as well, but a scandal involving ITT and a bribe attempt revealed by investigative reporter Jack Anderson led Richard Nixon and the Republicans to move the event to Miami.

Of course, U-T San Diego's publisher and owner is Doug Manchester, whose personal website notes his extensive hotel ownings—which would serve to benefit from thousands of GOP delegates and journalists:

In addition to the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina and the Manchester Grand Hyatt, his investment and development projects include The Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa, Manchester Executive Center, Manchester Financial Building, and the Whitetail Lodge and Golf Club, and soon a convention center hotel in Austin, Texas. Papa Doug was the catalyst for the now famous Biotech cluster at Torrey Pines. Currently, Papa Doug is Chairman and Publisher of the San Diego Union Tribune.

What do you think? Should, or can, San Diego come to the rescue?

Kevin George August 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Ding ding ding ding ding, nicely done sir!
Doug Curlee August 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
no, kevin.. they couldn't afford the libertarian comvention right now..and if you'd be hionest about it, you damned well know it.. they are NOT big moneymakers for the city.. for papa doug's hotels, sure..for the bars, sure..for the topless joints, sure.. for the city...ummm..not so much.. doug
Kevin George August 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Oh Doug, I'm a very honest guy and I have been trying to tell the City of SD that they were going to hell in a hand basket ever since Ron Satthoff talked Pete Wilson into the current pension system that will inevitably bankrupt them. I also know that the Convis' company line about national events is and always has been a crock.
Doug Curlee August 25, 2012 at 12:57 AM
well, good.. see?..we CAN agree on things, after all..i used to get in trouble asking the convis people questions they didn't really want to hear.. doug
GD August 25, 2012 at 08:33 PM
The convention center would have to start kicking events out. Someone would probably have to pay those event organizers for the inconvenience. Unless they want to wait till the center is free... according to the CC calendar, there are no events the week of Dec. 8. A little late, though.

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