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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.

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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.

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Wow again. This is really weird. Will the TMD intervention be legal efforts in support of the city?

March 1, 2013

"Sandy Ego" should be how the Board name would appear to read. Do they exist after March 1st when their operating agreement ends?

March 2, 2013

Don't kill the lawyers yet -- we're going to need them to sort out this tangle of competing interests, claims and counter-claims. (Lesson? Avoid setting up hydra-headed monsters like the Tourism Management District and its spawn, the Tourism Authority. If possible, consult lawyers to dismantle them and create better alternatives.)

March 3, 2013

Aha, yes you are on the right track. And so is Filner. His letter to SDCCC is posted on vosd today: see twitdoc.com/1ULC For a primer on the entities shuffling tourist and other tax dollars , see one of Dorian's previous articles: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

March 5, 2013

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