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During the Filner administration, the decision was made to suspend the discretionary negotiation process for commercial events pending a citywide comprehensive review of all rate and fee structures.

Therefore, the last discretionary fee was negotiated in early 2013 and invoiced in June 2013, just prior to the event date. No other discretionary negotiations have occurred since that time.

Asked for documentation regarding how and when the negotiated fees were ended, Keach said in an email that the suspension had been "done verbally."

The question of whether and how to assess future corporate block party and related fees will be taken up by the new mayor and city council later this year, according to Keach.

"The city plans to conduct a comprehensive review of all rates and fees for review and approval by the City Council within the next year," wrote Keach.

"As part of this effort, the Special Events Department intends to evaluate and propose a fee and rate structure that addresses events hosted by commercial and non-profit entities."

Reached by phone, Stuart said her firm handles food, restaurant, and beverage coordination for the corporate event sponsors but has not negotiated with the city regarding street closings and fees. That task, she said, is done by other event contractors she works with.

Stuart added that she did not recall the email exchanges with the city's special-events department regarding the 2009 American Thoracic Society convention. While aware that the city is no longer collecting negotiated revenues, Stuart said, she is not tracking possible future plans by the city to resume the practice and does not know their current status.

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photog921 Feb. 3, 2014 @ 5:02 p.m.

Seems like such a simple solution, if they wanted to solve it. If Wormser has "complete authority" she must use "something" in her head, as a guide. A standardized fee schedule seems like a no brainer. Clearly it would protect taxpayers and save time on part of city-paid staff. Problem is, the event planning companies (and their clients) likely are not motivated to resolve it. And it seems as though Wormser is not motivated either, since it could be so easily memorialized in a quick memo.

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monaghan Feb. 3, 2014 @ 11:13 p.m.

Can I be reading this right? According to the office of Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, the city is not presently collecting revenues for street-closings and corporate conventioneers' block parties just because ex-Mayor Filner ordered (what sounds like) a much-needed "review" of citywide fees?

This seems to be an expensive loose end that I-Mayor Gloria neglected to tidy up in his vaunted brief stewardship of the city. And it also sounds to me like fee-free street-closings and block parties are a direct boon to the conflict-of-interest-business of Councilman Kevin Faulconer's wife.

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