Convention facilities cut to be restored

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced legislation Tuesday that would restore the more than $1 million in hotel tax revenue that was cut from maintenance of the city’s convention facilities.

The introduction comes after John Noguchi, director of the Convention Facilities Department, sent a memo to the Board of Supervisors warning that the $1 million cut would jeopardize The City’s ability to properly maintain Moscone Center for conventions, conference and tradeshows.

Convention and tourism are a top source of of revenue for San Francisco.

Mirkarimi proposed the cut in July to offset cuts to The City’s public financing program, which helps fund candidates' campaigns for a seat on the Board of Supervisors or for mayor.

But on Tuesday Mirkarimi said he wanted to restore the cut because “critical jobs, people that we care about, may have been or would be threatened. We want tot make sure they are not.”

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