Don Bauder 7:01 a.m., June 19
Tentatively, judge sides with Filner in TMD dispute
Oral arguments to be heard Friday
Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor today (March 21) turned down the request of the Tourism Marketing District (TMD) to force Mayor Bob Filner to sign an operating agreement that would provide $30 million annually for tourism promotion from a 2% surcharge on hotel rooms. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders had failed to sign the agreement before leaving office, and Filner wants some changes. For example, noticing that one TMD official rakes in $454,000 annually, Filner wants to draw a salary line at $160,000. He also wants $5 million set aside for the 2015 Balboa Park centennial shindig.