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Before charging ahead with a city-funded project, however, the City Council and mayor should take a hard look at whether L.A. really needs to expand its Convention Center. It's become accepted wisdom in City Hall that it must in order to stay competitive; San Francisco, San Diego and Anaheim are all expanding or renovating their facilities, even as the convention market has slowed.
But does it make sense for Los Angeles to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a Convention Center that has continually underperformed and is in an area that, frankly, will never have the same draw as oceanfront San Diego or Disneyland-adjacent Anaheim? City officials believe the Convention Center needs an additional 4,000 hotel rooms nearby to be successful, but to persuade developers to build those hotels, the city would probably have to promise further tax breaks.