Walter Mencken 3:39 p.m., June 18
Tourism Marketing District board seeks to intervene in hospitality union's case against city council
The board of directors of the San Diego Tourism Marketing District decided in a closed session meeting on March 1 to apply for intervenor status in the lawsuit filed last week by Brigitte Browning against the San Diego City Council.
The suit challenges the validity of the 2% surcharge added to hotel guests’ bills in order to fund the Tourism Marketing District, claiming it constitutes an illegal tax that was not approved by voters. Area hotel owners were the only ones with an opportunity to vote the charge up or down, and it appears most of the hoteliers didn’t even bother to cast a vote.
A vote to authorize the filing of a complaint to allow the District to intervene in the case was unanimous among the seven board members present, which included C. Terry Brown, Richard Bartell, Keri A. Robinson, Patrick Duffy, Mohsen Khalegi, John Schafer, and William Evans.