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Filner And San Diego Hoteliers Clash Again

Looks like there’s another fight brewing between San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the hotel industry over marketing duties.

Aired 3/5/13 on KPBS News.

Looks like there’s another fight brewing between San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the hotel industry over marketing duties.

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Mayor Filner's Letter to the SDCCC

Mayor Filner's Letter to the SDCCC

A letter from Mayor Bob Filner requesting the ...

Filner is calling on the San Diego Convention Center to take back control of its longterm sales and marketing operations. Last year, the publicly funded Convention Center board voted to transfer those operations to the privately run San Diego Tourism Authority, formerly known as ConVis. The City Council approved the transfer.

Now, Filner has written a letter demanding the Convention Center board terminate the contract. Filner said the transfer was a “politically initiated demand made by local hoteliers as part of the center's expansion financing agreement.”

In an email to local hoteliers, San Diego Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi said this is a critical issue that needs to be addressed right away. In a statement, Convention Center Board Chair Phil Blair said former Mayor Jerry Sanders requested the sales and marketing services be transferred as part of the financing deal for the Convention Center expansion. Blair said the board will likely take up the issue immediately. The Convention Center board will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Avatar for user 'hopeheadsd'

hopeheadsd | March 4, 2013 at 5:19 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Bull meets china shop

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Groovestar | March 4, 2013 at 7:02 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Bull destroys china shop... Four more years of this, San Diego {sigh}.

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laplayaheritage | March 4, 2013 at 7:44 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Fights for a public vote to increase Hotel taxes so the annual $80+ million (5%) is used for the good of both the public and Hoteliers, and all legal issues are resolved.

The Hoteliers do not want to share the created $80+ million wealth with San Diegans.

Mayor Filner wants a public vote before increasing Hotel Taxes for Marketing/Advertisement and the Convention Center Phase 3 Expansion, as required by our State Consitution.

Advise to the City Council and Tourism/Visitor Industry - Why did you believe your attorney's advice that you could increase Hotel taxes without the required public voter approval?

How much time and money has this conspiracy cost the City. An annual $80+ million, 5 percent, is being left on the table, due to bad legal advice, and lack of cooperation from the City Council and Hoteliers.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | March 5, 2013 at 11:40 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Filner fights with everyone. What did his supporters expect? Compromise and solutions? Please, he's a career congressman.

Laplaya,

Is the new hotel charge a tax or a fee?

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Avatar for user 'Kapich'

Kapich | March 5, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

It is a fee, a self assessment that is collected for tourism marketing of San Diego. Get the facts www.sandiego.org/WhyTravelMatters

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RLA | March 5, 2013 at 4:27 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Imagine that, Filner needs his own personal lawyer so he can extort more money for who? Lawyers will be the only winners in this affair. Instead of drawing tourists to San Diego millions will be spent in the courts. All those downtrodden folks Filner claims to be helping will soon be wondering when the layoff notices will come.

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