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Questions Surround Why the City of San Diego Has Permitted the Swanky SE San Diego Hotel
 to Continue Operating Without a Valid Certificate of Occupancy



By Lori Weisberg, The San Diego Union-Tribune
September 27, 2010

For nearly a year, one of downtown San Diego’s swankiest hotels has been operating illegally without required documentation certifying it can be open to members of the public, a major violation that city officials have been aware of since last October.

While the matter has been under investigation by the City Attorney’s office since July, questions persist as to why the city permitted the 184-room SE San Diego Hotel to continue operating for months without a valid certificate of occupancy, a document required of all public buildings before they can be open to the public.

City officials insist that there are no outstanding issues related to compliance with health and safety regulations and that they would never have allowed the hotel to open had there been such violations. The city attorney’s office says it cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, and building department administrators will say little about why the hotel operation has not been shut down, nor would they talk about whether the city would be held liable if an accident occurred at the hotel.



Photo NELVIN C. CEPEDA

Suite and Tender, the Se San Diego hotel's main restaurant, is an example of the chic decor that defines the luxury downtown highrise.

“There are processes we have to go through to shut any business down, but there is due process,” said Kelly Broughton, Development Services Director. “If the city was concerned about it from a safety perspective, we would have taken more immediate action.”


Contact:

Lori Weisberg, Staff Writer
San Diego Union-Tribune
350 Camino de la Reina
San Diego, CA  92102
619-293-2251
lori.weisberg@uniontrib.com


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