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July 26, 1989 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
An 18-month effort to select a memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ended in failure Tuesday when the San Diego Unified Port District commissioners rejected the City Council's request to rename the city's bay-front convention center for the slain civil rights leader.
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June 10, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To gaze upon the glistening Marriott Marina behind the San Diego Convention Center is to see the bounty of the American way of life in resplendent display: Yachts that easily cost in the high six figures; yacht owners savoring the fruits of productive careers; a yacht harbor offering privacy, security, the latest in dockside amenities such as cable television, computer hookups, room service and a gorgeous view of San Diego Bay, Coronado and the skyline of the nation's sixth-largest city.
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January 11, 1989 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
The City Council, hoping to end years of racially divisive conflict over the question of a suitable civic tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., voted Tuesday to add the slain civil rights leader's full name to the title of the new San Diego Convention Center. The council's 7-2 vote sends the matter to the seven-member board of the San Diego Unified Port District, which is building the $160-million bay-front center and must approve any name change.
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.
NEWS
June 10, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To gaze upon the glistening Marriott Marina behind the San Diego Convention Center is to see the bounty of the American way of life in resplendent display: Yachts that easily cost in the high six figures; yacht owners savoring the fruits of productive careers; a yacht harbor offering privacy, security, the latest in dockside amenities such as cable television, computer hookups, room service and a gorgeous view of San Diego Bay, Coronado and the skyline of the nation's sixth-largest city.
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.
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. 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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1989
Volunteer groups that favor renaming San Diego's bayfront convention center for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King submitted 3,000 letters Tuesday supporting the name change to the San Diego Unified Port District. The groups said presentation of the letters brings the total given the port commissioners to more than 4,000. The name change requires approval of the commissioners--who are scheduled to vote on the issue Tuesday--and the San Diego City Council.
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. 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.
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.
NEWS
July 26, 1989 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
An 18-month effort to select a memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ended in failure Tuesday when the San Diego Unified Port District commissioners rejected the City Council's request to rename the city's bay-front convention center for the slain civil rights leader.
NEWS
January 11, 1989 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
The City Council, hoping to end years of racially divisive conflict over the question of a suitable civic tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., voted Tuesday to add the slain civil rights leader's full name to the title of the new San Diego Convention Center. The council's 7-2 vote sends the matter to the seven-member board of the San Diego Unified Port District, which is building the $160-million bay-front center and must approve any name change.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1988
Why is it OK to have a San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium but not a San Diego Martin Luther King Jr. Convention Center? The answers given by the San Diego Convention Center Corp. are simply not believable. They are a cover-up for the real answer: racism. The citizens of San Diego must send a message to the City Council that it should adhere to the recommendation of the King Tribute Committee that it appointed and name the Convention Center after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. JAMES E. RAUCH San Diego
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1989
Here we go again. Bowing to black pressure, the gutless San Diego City Council approved the incredibly awkward and wholly inappropriate name "The San Diego Martin Luther King Convention Center." If the timid port commissioners also approve the name, a tragic scenario will surely unfold. Once again petitions will circulate, this time to drop Dr. King's name from the convention center. Given that the polls say 80% oppose the council's vote, it seems there is a good chance that the referendum will pass.
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