SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council Monday unanimously signed off on a plan that could result in more events taking place at Petco Park during the baseball off-season.
The action amends the basic agreement between the city of San Diego and the Padres, which have management responsibilities over the East Village facility. Padres officials say the amendments will improve financial incentives to hold more events.
Previously, the Padres received 30 percent of revenue derived from special events held during the fall and winter. The team wants its share raised to 70 percent, the amount received for special events during the baseball season.
The Padres, which co-own the ballpark with the city, also cover some operating expenses, so the minority share of revenue is effectively a disincentive for booking events between the end of the baseball season and March 1.
The Padres lost money on a November 2010 concert series that featured Jewel, Colbie Caillat, John Legend and Macy Gray, according to Erik Greupner, the team's senior vice president of business administration.
In exchange for the higher portion of the proceeds, the team will guarantee the city at least $300,000 in special event revenue annually and up its annual payment to the Ballpark Capital Expenditure Reserve Fund from $250,000 to $1 million. The city will also not have to suffer financial consequences if a planned event turns out to be a flop.
A staff report estimated the city's revenue could reach $637,500 in the 2014-15 fiscal year under the deal, and that the increase in capital funding would benefit city coffers.
"If (the Padres) do better, we're going to do better," Councilman David Alvarez said.
According to the mayor's office, East Village business owners, organizations and residents have expressed concerns over reduced business at the ballpark in the fall and winter. Several area businesses have failed since the park's opening, and that can be partly attributed to a lack of year-round events, according to a report.
The Downtown San Diego Partnership surveyed downtown retailers, and 70 percent said their business suffered when the Padres were not playing, mainly because of a loss of foot traffic.
The city made big money in four of the first five off-seasons of Petco Park's existence, fueled by an annual rugby tournament and concerts by the Rolling Stones and Madonna. However, with no rugby and no major concerts, revenue dipped to $95,000 in 2011 and $381,000 last year, according to city documents.
Dozens of local schools will undergo a risk and vulnerability assessment to make sure their campuses provide what's being called "a safe and secure environment for students and teachers."
If you want to vote in the June 5 gubernatorial primary election, you should register by Monday, May 21.
San Diegans now have to dial 10 digits for all calls - even local calls. As of Saturday, May 19, callers with area codes 619 and 858 have to enter the area code for all calls. Landline callers will have to dial one first, then the area code and phone number.
One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and six people were displaced from their apartments Monday morning after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in San Diego's Redwood Village neighborhood.
A search is underway for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery at an East Lake home in the 1600 block of Claret Cup Drive late Saturday night.
Rady's Children's Hospital welcomed hundreds of former NICU patients and their families Sunday for a very special annual reunion. The group had the chance to say thank you and catch up with the doctors and nurses who helped care for the newborns.
Several fires that ignited across San Diego County last week are under investigation. One cause being considered is the possibility that the fires were started by homeless people.
Dozens demonstrated on the Del Mar corner of Jimmy Durante Blvd. and Via de la Valle saying gun shows should not be held at the the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A fire at an apartment in downtown Chula Vista sent two children to a hospital early Saturday morning.