As we drove east on Interstate 8 yesterday morning, we heard Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego say something nasty about Comicon attendees on Cantore in the Morning on 91X. While talking about the end of Comicon weekend and American Idol’s descent on San Diego, he said,
“We’ve put up the superheroes and now we’re on to the people with actual talent.”
John swears he heard Sanders say, “We got rid of the superheroes,” but whether he said “got rid of” or “put up” or “put away”, the impression is that the mayor of San Diego barely tolerates our presence during Comicon weekend. 140,000 people spending money in his city is nothing to scoff at, despite the inconvenience of gridlock in front of the convention center and people walking around the Gaslamp in costume.
The Comicon is San Diego’s biggest money maker, and for the mayor of a city in economic trouble to publicly make a statement like that is insulting. It’s as if Sanders is saying, “Just give us your money and get out.”
Ask yourself, Jerry, why are there so many hotels around the convention center? Why was the convention center expanded in 2001? It wasn’t for the Irish Dance Competition in September. It wasn’t to accommodate the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour in June.
I overheard a lot of people talking about the Comicon leaving San Diego for Las Vegas. Part of the fun of the Comicon for me is visiting San Diego itself. It’s green. There’s water and beaches. I’m not allergic to everything that grows there.
I already live in the desert – I don’t want to go to Las Vegas. However, I get the distinct impression that that is what Mayor Jerry Sanders wants.
edited to add: This little post has already been picked up by AMCTV.com and Cityfeeds.com – San Diego, among others. Be sure to spread the word and be sure to let the Mayor know that his ungrateful commentary is not appreciated.