Clifford Rippetoe, new CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., plans to focus on expanding and renovating the downtown facility. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Convention Center Corp.

Clifford Rippetoe, new CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., plans to focus on expanding and renovating the downtown facility. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Convention Center Corp.

— Prospects for an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center — contiguous, noncontiguous or none of the above — are likely to remain among much-debated city priorities in an election year filled with heated talk over possible hotel tax hikes and a proposed downtown football stadium...

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