San Diego tourism advertising birthday cake

Great news. Hopefully the ballot language will include the full gross receipts including Online Travel Agency (OTA) fees subject to the TOT. See Page 3 for 2012 Effective TOT Hotel Taxes State and Nation-wide, which includes the Base (TOT) Plus Other Taxes including TMD and Special Taxes. In 2012, both Los Angeles and San Francisco documented 15.5% Effective TOT Rates, consisting of 14.0% Base TOT pus 1.5% TMD. In 2014 the State of California Superior Court ruled that San Diego’s TOT ordinance created in 1973 is Calculated based upon the Amount Received by Hotel Operators, Not the Amount Received by Online Travel Agencies (OTA) The OTA are not hotel operators, therefore the markups and service fees charged to purchase Hotel rooms online are not subject to the TOT. The only solution to receive the full existing 10.5% gross receipt TOT, or a new 15.5% rate, is a public vote to specifically change the TOT Ordinance to include Online Travel Agents (OTA) and reselling of hotel rooms as Taxable under the TOT. Also annually, the City Council can lower the existing 2% TMD rate to zero.
— August 20, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Old Town's old pepper trees targeted

As part of the Seismic Research Project for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), California Edison published the January 15, 2013 Report on Paleoseismic Trenching in Old Town. Although the Fault Investigation states that the Old Town Fault crossing the Golf Course and under the Pepper Trees is "Active," the City of San Diego classifies the Old Town fault only as "Potentially active" thus no mitigation required. See Pages 11 and 12. On Mason Street near the Pepper Trees the active Old Town Fault was inferred to be located between CPT 8 and 11 locations, and near Deflected drainages that could cause some of the problems associated with the Pepper Tree roots. The active Old Town Fault also crosses Taylor Street, Mason Street, and Juan Street, which is undergoing concrete repair, with no acknowledgement of active faulting, through a loophole that does not exist.
— August 15, 2015 1:43 p.m.

Spend it before San Diego schools can!

Dear San Diego Reader Editor: Please change the name of this Investigative article that seems to imply the San Diego Unified School Districts, and public school children would be hurt by spending this money to pay back the $228 Million in HUD OIG Audit Debt to CDBG Program Income for poorer neighborhoods. "Spend it before San Diego schools can!" The headline is not accurate because the annual $200 million RPTTF Residual Distribution in annual School, City and County Budgets are zero. That means that this $200 million former Redevelopment Agency Property Tax Income is hidden. Until the local taxing agencies conspire to create RPTTF Residual Distributions, when the goal is always ZERO in the name of the poor and justice. The Successor Agency (SA) former Redevelopment Agency (RDA Revenue is outside of the normal Budget Process which is shady. Then mid-Year this money secretly slips into updated Budgets, after the fact without the knowledge of the San Diego Unified School Board or Department of Education. This new secret $200 million Cash is brought in through Budget Update Line Items called "Transfers In" and "Transfers Out" without acknowledging the new Cash came from purposely created RPTTF Residual Distribution. Because the money is hidden, there is no way for Teachers or Students to advocate to use the new found money. The new hidden RPTTF Residual Distributions should not exist. Therefore the Schools, City, and County can claim their are broke, when they are Hoarding Cash and manipulating the complicated public government system. Through Civic San Diego staff, outside the normal Budget process.
— August 14, 2015 7:22 p.m.

Spend it before San Diego schools can!

Thank you for informing Taxpayers of the $28.2 million Cash that needs to be spent before the Cash available for Neighborhood CIP Projects gets turned into RPTTF Residual Distribution mainly to the Schools and County of San Diego. With the City of San Diego Receiving 17.5 cents on the dollar to the City's General Fund. Item 200 Successor Agency Excess Bond Proceed Expenditures. See Video Start time 26 minutes to 58 minutes. Council Members David Alvarez, Todd Gloria, and Chris Cate confirmed that neighborhoods should call their Council Members on how to immediately spend these Successor Agency CIP Infrastructure funds, instead of Defeasing the Bond Proceeds by default. This is only a portion of the total Cash Hoarded by Civic San Diego staff through our Strong Mayor Faulconer. Negative Arbritrage and Total Debt Service Costs for the 51 Bonds, Long Term Loan Debt, and Bank Lines of Credit of the Successor Agency (SA) and LMIHAF have never been calculated.
— August 14, 2015 7:10 p.m.

Fate of Chargers predicted

City Council Tuesday July 14, 2015 at 2 pm Item S500. Stadium Reconstruction Project CIP and Amendment to Agreement with AECOM for CEQA EIR. $2,100,000 Total for CIP S-16025 Qualcomm Stadium Reconstruction. = $1.2 Million AECOM Environmental Consulting + $200,000 for Conceptional Design [Who is the Designer? Need name.] + $230,000 DSD Staff + $150,000 Public Works Staff + $320,000 Contingency.
— July 13, 2015 12:20 p.m.

Hysteria won't build a stadium

— July 13, 2015 12:17 p.m.

Hysteria won't build a stadium

City Council Tuesday July 14, 2015 at 2 pm Item S500. Stadium Reconstruction Project CIP and Amendment to Agreement with AECOM. $2,100,000 Total for CIP S-16025 Qualcomm Stadium Reconstruction.
 = $1.2 Million AECOM Environmental Consulting + $200,000 for Conceptional Design [Who is the Designer? Need name.] + $230,000 DSD Staff + $150,000 Public Works Staff + $320,000 Contingency.
— July 11, 2015 5:22 p.m.

Convention center sails in some choppy financial waters

Nothing. Hopefully the Gravy Train is over for FAL. Fifth Avenue Landing (FAL) LLC was never guaranteed anything in the Agreements and MOU. They have no case. Plus the California Coastal Commission erased all FAL Conrad Spinnaker Hotel claims at the June 10, 2015 Newport Beach hearing. These generous Gifts of Public funds to the private FAL should be investigated by State Controller Chiang, to see if there was a 2003 Sweetheart Lease Agreement for private benefit, or if the Lease was reasonable for our public State Tidelands. Fifth Avenue Landing failed to build a 500 room Conrad Spinnaker Hotel since Port approval in 2003. Therefore, FAL could, in theory, have to pay back the 10.5% Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) lost by failure to develop the 500-room Spinnaker Hotel over the last 12 years. The incredible high negotiated $13.5 million Lease Option Agreement price including 6% Interest was done behind Closed Session Doors with SDCCC Director Steve Cushman leading the negotiations, without public input. See Page 330 At the October 7, 2003 SDUPD hearing, "Perry Dealy, representing Manchester Resorts, addressed the Board and stated that complex projects such as this one can be built without rent concessions or financial assistance. Mr. Dealy stated that it would not be fair for the District to grant rent concession for the Conrad Spinnaker Hotel project." Since 2008, the Port could have not renewed the 2003 Giveaway and let the Lease Option Agreement lapse. Especially when FAL notified the Port that their project did not make financial sense in 2008. The Port was working for the benefit of private development, instead of the public and sold out for $60,000 a year to Extend the Option agreement after the already 5 year delay. In 2010, the annual Lease rent for the FAL Leaseholds was only $114,000. Instead of Standard Percentage Rates. Which seems extremely low for a prime leasehold. Also $8.1 million was to be spent for Extraordinary Leasehold improvements including a new Public Restrooms, Public Park, and Waterfront Promenade. If FAL paid for these improvements they should get money back. If the SDCCC and City of San Diego ever wanted to acquired the FAL Leasehold for the public in the future, local regional Government SANDAG can Eminent Domain the FAL Leasehold and pay FAL reasonable costs to make them whole. And move their Yacht and Water Transportation Center (WTC) somewhere in downtown at no costs to FAL. "In addition to the hotel... must build a plaza, a 1-acre park, a transportation center for water taxis and a pedestrian bridge to the convention center... Port commissioners unanimously approved a repayment plan that would pay the developers, known as Fifth Avenue Landing, $8 million at 8 percent interest, over the hotel’s first 10 years of operation."
— June 13, 2015 4:19 p.m.

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