Mayor Kevin Faulconer appears at the US Grant Hotel on the night of the June 2018 primary election. / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle The mayor won something, guys. Nobody has been more willing than us to tally up, fairly frequently, the list of struggles San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has had getting things done. Just this week, he lost another one as the years-long effort he championed to remake Balboa Park’s Central Mesa died. But also this week, he finally achieved something that had alluded him: He got a majority on the City Council to support the effort to raise hotel-room taxes. Yes, he succeeded in the impossibly quixotic quest to get Democrats to advance a tax increase. We kid the mayor. It was an achievement. With the support of his Republican allies, Council President Georgette Gomez and District 2 City Councilwoman Jen Campbell, Faulconer moved the vote up to March 2020 – not even a year from now. In the process, he has managed to turn somewhat ambivalent support from labor leaders for the measure into passionate support from labor leaders. And thus, the campaign to raise the tax to expand the Convention Center, fund homeless services and… Read full this story
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