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Feb 25 – Today! Help the Mayor Fight the Special Interests

Bob Filner

English: San Diego City Council chambers

San Diego City Council chambers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mayor Filner is standing up for the citizens of San Diego against the special interests of the hotels. The hotels plan to collect tax monies over the next 40 years and use it for their own benefit. These are tax monies that should be used for critical infrastructure and other needs of our city.

The hotel tax hearing addressing this issue is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Monday, February 25, 2013. The hearing will be held in the City Council chambers on the 12th floor of City Hall at 202 “C” Street. Three (3) hours of parking are available at nearby Horton Plaza with parking validation (requires spending $10).

Since taxes are intended to be levied by governments to benefit the citizens of the community, private companies levying taxes for their own benefit sets a dangerous precedent. As Jim Miller writes in a must read San Diego Free Press article addressing the hoteliers “you’re not running America’s Finest Tourist Plantation anymore.  If you are going to get $30 million in public funds to promote your industry, you need to give back and pay a living wage to your workers.  Period.”

Please show up at the City Council today (Monday) at 2 pm to let them know how you feel, or send an email of support to Mayor Filner at BobFilner@sandiego.gov with copies to the council at the email addresses below.


You can also join CPI’s campaign to support Filner’s agenda here, they’ll send your letter to the local media outlets.

Join CPI in supporting Mayor Filner’s call for an end to poverty wages at downtown hotels.

Please don’t delay or count on others to speak up. The hoteliers are pulling out the stops in their efforts to avoid paying decent wages. Let your voice be heard!


District 1
Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner
Email: sherrilightner@sandiego.gov

District 2
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer
Email: kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov

District 3
Council President Todd Gloria
Email: toddgloria@sandiego.gov

District 5
Councilmember Mark Kersey
Email: markkersey@sandiego.gov

District 6
Councilmember Lorie Zapf
Email: loriezapf@sandiego.gov

District 7
Councilmember Scott Sherman
Email: scottsherman@sandiego.gov

District 8
Councilmember David Alvarez
Email: davidalvarez@sandiego.gov

District 9
Councilmember Marti Emerald
Email: martiemerald@sandiego.gov