San Diegans hankering for a stroll down the Champs-Élysées or a cruise down the Seine can take advantage of a rare nonstop roundtrip flight to Paris later this month, but for one time only.Thanks to the American Society of Hematology, which is holding its annual meeting here later this month, Air France will be flying nonstop between San Diego and Paris between Nov. 29 and Dec. 4.While the primary purpose of the flights are to accommodate overseas travelers coming from France to San Diego for the annual meeting, locals can also book their own Paris getaway, departing Thursday evening, Nov. 29 and returning on the afternoon of Dec. 4.The roundtrip fare, as of Wednesday, was about $2,100. The flights are bookable on airfrance.com or delta.com. Although there are nonstop flights to London and Frankfurt that operate out of San Diego International Airport, there are none that go directly to Paris.Airport officials say they know of no other instance where an overseas nonstop route … [Read more...] about San Diego to get a nonstop roundtrip to Paris — for one day
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As the reality sunk in late Thursday afternoon inside City Council chambers that prospects for a long planned expansion of San Diego’s convention center appeared doomed, it felt like déjà vu.The on-gain, off-again civic priority has been a part of San Diego’s political landscape for at least the last decade as hotel industry leaders and politicians dating back to former Mayor Jerry Sanders have tried unsuccessfully to launch the more than half-billion dollar project.For sure, the particular circumstances this time around are different from past aborted efforts.It would be hard to match the explosive drama that unfolded last week as a well-funded, high-powered alliance of business and labor surprised everyone when it failed to qualify for the November ballot an initiative that would have bankrolled a convention center expansion, plus fund homeless services and road repairs. Then a day later, City Council members, in a split vote, rebuffed a last-ditch plea by the … [Read more...] about Is there a future for a convention center expansion?