SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council's Rules Committee unanimously approved an agreement Wednesday with a group planning celebrations for Balboa Park's 100th anniversary in 2015.
The nonprofit Balboa Park Celebration Inc., also known as the 2015 Committee, sought the memorandum of understanding to help it move forward with fundraising, event schedules and volunteer opportunities.
The proposed deal, pending full City Council approval, sets the various responsibilities for the committee, including that it accept the venture's financial risks.
Balboa Park came into being as part of San Diego hosting the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. In the years since, it has grown up with museums, the San Diego Zoo and a golf course, among other public amenities.
City and tourism officials hope that events will be scheduled through the year to locals and tourists, and to tout the region's economic benefits.
A study by the Convention and Visitors Bureau found that a major promotion could help add as many as 600,000 hotel room nights to park-related centennial events -- an economic impact of $661 million. The city would gain $9.4 million in hotel room tax revenues, according to the estimate.
Any funds held by the committee at the end of the celebration would toward Balboa Park capital improvement programs, according to the proposed deal.
Under the agreement, the city will not be allowed to schedule events in Balboa Park during 2015 without consulting the committee.
"We need certainty" that areas of the park will be available at certain times so events can be planned," said Mike McDowell, a committee board member.
The committee plans to use the same model used by the city to host Super Bowls and the America's Cup yacht races.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.