LEW Program

Lambda Alpha International
Land Economics Weekend (LEW)
San Diego, California
October 1-3, 2015

Our program, speakers and tours will highlight San Diego’s unique opportunities as a binational region, economically driven by technology, tourism and military. We will explore new development that has reignited historically underserved areas, discuss the transition of San Diego’s beautiful waterfront areas from both land and water, and hear about the economic realities for San Diego from binational efforts, commercial shipbuilding, military and craft brewing.

Our weekend begins with the President’s Reception on the 32nd floor of the Hyatt Hotel overlooking beautiful San Diego Bay on Thursday evening and concludes with our closing banquet Saturday evening at the Prado in historic Balboa Park.

Thursday, October 1

8:30am – 5:30pm LAI Business Meetings
LAI Executive Committee
LEF Executive Committee
LAI Board of Governors
LAI Chapter Presidents Roundtable


6:30pm – 8:30pm

LEW Welcome Reception 
Welcome from Greg Cox, County Bd. Of Supervisors
Grand Hyatt- 32nd Floor
Craft Brewery Presentation by Peter Zien of Alesmith

8:30pm Dinner on your own.



Friday, October 2

8:30am – 9:45am Wake Up at Cabrillo National Monument 
Discussion of San Diego History


10:30am – 11:30am Liberty Station Land Use Story: explanation of the change of use from an active military base to commercial and residential 
11:45am – 1:15pm Guided Waterfront Walking Tour:
  • County Administration Building
  • North Embarcadero Visionary Plan
  • Downtown Park Plan
  • Ruocco Park and The Headquarters

1:45pm – 2:45pm Lunch at Harbor House
Petco Park Presentation - The baseball stadium's impact on neighborhood development
3:00pm – 5:00pm San Diego Main Library - discussion of library development and surrounding East Village maturation
5:00pm Dinner on your own.  



Saturday, October 3

8:30am – 11:30am Midway Aircraft Carrier Tour 
Discussion:  History of the Navy and its Economic Impact on San Diego
Discussion:  San Diego and Tijuana as a Binational Region

12:00pm – 3:00pm Water-Side Tour of San Diego Bay aboard Flagship Cruises
Discussion: San Diego's Port and shipyard history and impacts on regional economics.
Discussion:  Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan 
Lunch provided on board the ship.
6:00pm – 9:30pm

Closing Dinner at The Prado at Balboa Park.  Balboa Park is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Exposition.  Video Presentation:  Balboa Park - The Jewel of the City.



The host hotel, the San Diego Grand Hyatt, is located on the San Diego Bay with breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Island. It's location is convenient to the San Diego waterfront, the Gaslamp District, Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center. The hotel is located at 1 Market Place in downtown San Diego.


rooms must be booked online.

A limited block of sleeping rooms have been reserved on a first come first served basis for LEW attendees at a discounted rates.

Rates are $235/night for double occupancy
Prices are per guest room per night without breakfast
Reservation deadline is September 10, 2015


The visitor website SanDiego.com provides specific information for the downtown San Diego area for dining, nightlife, hotels, shopping and various other destinations around San Diego.


The Fall Season in San Diego is typically very pleasant. In early October, you can expect the high temperatures to be in the mid 70's with low temperatures in the low to mid 60's.