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April 25, 1991 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The top executive of the San Diego Convention Center abruptly resigned his $117,000-a-year job Wednesday after allegations that he held half a dozen private parties at the center--at taxpayer expense--that included his family and friends. Tom Liegler, 63, the general manager of the Convention Center since 1985, submitted his resignation, effective in 30 days, because "recent events have affected my ability to manage the center effectively," he said in a prepared statement.
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December 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The city-owned Los Angeles Convention Center entered a new era Tuesday when a new general manager was named by the private company hired to run the facility. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which won a contract to run the center in October, named Brad Gessner to the post. He most recently served as general manager of the 2.6-million-square-foot San Diego Convention Center for six years. The L.A. Convention Center offers 720,000 square feet of exhibit space, 46,000 square feet in two event halls and 102,000 square feet of column-free space in a sky-lighted meeting room.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former head of the San Diego Convention Center authorized $150,000 worth of questionable expenses, including consulting contracts for several of his industry acquaintances from Anaheim Stadium, without proper bids or adequate documentation, San Diego auditors announced Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve an expansion of the waterfront convention center here - an issue that pitted the needs of the Comic-Con convention against those of the Chargers football team. Comic-Con leaders said the expansion is vital to keep the summer pop-culture extravaganza from having to leave San Diego in search of a larger venue. But the Chargers had opposed the expansion, putting forth an alternative plan for a joint stadium-convention center expansion several blocks from the current center.
NEWS
April 25, 1991 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The top executive of the San Diego Convention Center abruptly resigned his $117,000-a-year job Wednesday after allegations that he held half a dozen private parties at the center--at taxpayer expense--that included his family and friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1990 | EILEEN SONDAK
The big question surrounding the "America's Dance Honors" ceremony Friday night at the San Diego Convention Center was not who would win or lose, but who would show up to claim the trophies. After all, the names of some of the top winners had been released in advance, and some of the leading contenders in concert dance had pulled out of the competition after their nominations were announced. In fact, two major stars of dance were eliminated from the program--and, presumably, from the awards.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
Call it a clash of the titans. San Diego has been home to the wildly successful comic book and pop culture convention Comic-Con International for nearly 40 years. But with the four-day festival surging in popularity and outgrowing the San Diego Convention Center, Los Angeles and Anaheim are vying to steal the lucrative show away. "Wherever it goes, that would be a very significant convention to land," said Doug Ducate, president of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, a Dallas-based nonprofit group that tracks the convention and trade show industry.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The city-owned Los Angeles Convention Center entered a new era Tuesday when a new general manager was named by the private company hired to run the facility. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which won a contract to run the center in October, named Brad Gessner to the post. He most recently served as general manager of the 2.6-million-square-foot San Diego Convention Center for six years. The L.A. Convention Center offers 720,000 square feet of exhibit space, 46,000 square feet in two event halls and 102,000 square feet of column-free space in a sky-lighted meeting room.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1990 | EILEEN SONDAK
The San Diego Foundation for the Performing Arts, San Diego's leading modern dance presenter, will move into the vanguard of dance education next week when it launches "City Moves," an ambitious dance education and performance project for San Diego schoolchildren. The program was outlined at a press conference Monday. "City Moves" will involve 250 children ages 8 through 18, as well as 50 local dancers, in its inaugural year.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1985
William R. Hoffman has been named sales manager for the San Diego Convention Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By Gina McIntyre
SAN DIEGO - Singer and guitarist James Hetfield wore a familiar trickster grin and a pair of 3D glasses as he bobbed his head to the thundering riffs of "Enter Sandman," but it was a different sort of arena that was playing host to the world's bestselling hard-rock band. Metallica had come to Comic-Con International in July to premiere the trailer for its movie "Metallica Through the Never," and the charismatic frontman had turned his chair to watch the clip unspool along with the 6,500 fans in the San Diego Convention Center's main hall.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're traveling along any part of the Pacific Surfliner rail route July 19-21 -- the seasonal opening of Del Mar racetrack and Comic-Con -- make your train reservations right now or risk not getting a seat. That's the word Monday from Amtrak , which is requiring train reservations in anticipation of a heavy passenger load on the weekend of those two big events in the San Diego area.  Comic-Con, which draws about 130,000 visitors, is set for the San Diego Convention Center from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 to 20 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Farther north, the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar opens for the season on July 17. The Pacific Surfliner operates daily service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego by way of Los Angeles, and Amtrak is requiring reservations for all passengers traveling during the mid-July weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - More than 24 hours after arriving in town for Comic-Con International, movie producer Daniel Alter had an admission: He hadn't actually been to the Con. "The truth is that for industry people, there are so many great parties that you don't have to go to the convention center anymore," said Alter, chatting at an exclusive rooftop bar with a drink in his hand and a VIP pass around his neck. Most know Comic-Con as the jampacked geekfest where 130,000 fans wait in long lines to see movie, TV, video game and comic book presentations at the San Diego Convention Center and listen as their favorite stars repeatedly say things like "Without you guys, the show would not exist," as "The Walking Dead's" Andrew Lincoln told the enthusiastic crowd during the panel for the hit AMC television series.
NEWS
July 12, 2012 | By Gina McIntyre
Calling Comic-Con International in San Diego his "home away from home," director Sam Raimi brought a new trailer for his "Oz: The Great and Powerful" to the cavernous Hall H on Thursday afternoon, and the new footage impressed the thousands on hand at the San Diego Convention Center. A backstory about how the Wizard of Oz arrived in the city, the Disney film stars James Franco (who replaced Robert Downey Jr.), Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Abigail Spencer, the last three of whom play witches . "I don't want to be a good man," Franco says in the trailer.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2011
Comic-Con International Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego When: Wednesday (preview night) 6-9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Sold out Information: http://www.comic-con.org
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Over the years, Comic-Con's movie-centric Hall H has offered some pretty great surprises. Robert Downey Jr. has been involved with a few of them. Hugh Jackman, who unexpectedly turned up at a "Wolverine" panel back in 2008 and sent the crowd into a tizzy, helped make for a classic moment. But lately the Comic-Con surprise has felt about as fresh as your Uncle Murray's surprise birthday party. The problem? So many of these types of moments have been orchestrated over the years that they've ceased to be, well, surprising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1989
When Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, I really don't think he had the San Diego Convention Center in mind. CAROLE BRUMMETT Chula Vista
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1989
Regarding the San Diego Convention Center, that name is appropriate and should remain as such. As for Martin Luther King Jr., there are many other things that could be named after him. My favorite would be Presidents Way in Balboa Park. That would be a tribute equal to his accomplishment. PAUL HERRMANN San Diego
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Homer Simpson, Stewie Griffin and SpongeBob SquarePants are the kinds of characters you'd expect to see hanging around the teeming corridors of Comic-Con, the annual comics, games and toys convention that gathers through this weekend in San Diego. But what about those crooning kids from "Glee," Fox's live-action hit? Where exactly is the comic-book connection to USA's crime procedural "White Collar"? Tell us again why there's a panel devoted to "Dexter," Showtime's sly serial killer drama, which was adapted from a novel, but not one of the graphic variety?
BUSINESS
May 10, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Even if Los Angeles fails to woo one of the nation's biggest gatherings of comic book fanatics, the city at least has netted a major conference of computer techies. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to announce Monday that the city will host Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, a gathering of the company's staffers and business partners July 10 to 14 next year. The conference is expected to bring about 15,000 attendees, who would spend an estimated $45 million, officials say. It would be one of the biggest gatherings at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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