SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposal to raise the cost of parking lot events at Qualcomm Stadium and parking for attendees was approved Monday by the San Diego City Council.
The consulting firm AECOM found the city could make an estimated additional $172,000 annually off parking lot events by adopting a more flexible rate card that set minimum charges, instead of fixed prices. The current rate card was adopted four years ago.
"We are grossly under-priced, especially on automobile events," said Jim Barwick, the city's real estate assets manager. He thinks the city could actually make an additional $200,000 under a new pricing plan.
Vehicle manufacturers that stage weekend "tent sales" at $2,000 to $4,000 per day will have to pony up a minimum of $10,000 per day under the proposal.
A deal with tent sale organizers expires at the end of this year, according to Barwick.
A commercial event currently charged at $5,000 per day will be upped to at least $7,000 per day.
The minimum for parking for attendees will be set at $20 per car and $60 per recreational vehicle under the plan. That fee will not apply to fans attending Chargers or San Diego State University athletic contests, which operate under separate deals.
Council members Kevin Faulconer and Lorie Zapf dissented in the 5-2 vote. Faulconer said stadium officials need to concentrate on attracting more events instead of charging more money.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be about average over the next week throughout San Diego County with the warmest temperatures in that period expected over the weekend.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during tomorrow's solar eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.