Dear Mayor Filner:
I supported your campaign as a volunteer and was confident that you would continue to fight for our citizens rather than be bought out by corporate interests. Unlike so many elected officials you are keeping your campaign promise of working to create a better San Diego that benefits all the citizens rather than a just handful of powerful special interests.
Vera Moldt reads her message of support in front of the San Diego City Council
Thank you for one of your first courageous acts – standing firm against the hotel special interests. I’m not an attorney, but even as a layman, I question the legality of tax monies being collected and administered by and for the benefit of private corporations. Aside from the legality, such a provision seems clearly to be unethical as well as inequitable considering the critical infrastructure and other needs of our city. What is also telling is that this sweetheart deal extends for 40 years – a timeframe over which even more critical and now unforeseen needs may arise while these self serving corporations continue to help themselves to tax monies that should be serving our citizens. It seems that such a long term deal was intended to lock in and foreclose the review of more enlightened and ethical future city leaders that would have questioned such an arrangement if it came up for near-term renewal.
Perhaps I am idealistic or even naïve, in spite of my mature age, as I am particularly disappointed in the Democratic members of the Council who voted for this deal. It is fair to expect this from Republicans who, to their credit, are clear about standing with the corporations. However, I am very disappointed that Democratic members, who espouse values that would put them on the side of the citizenry, voted to benefit corporate hotel interests. I feel this is not only hypocritical but a basic betrayal of trust. I certainly hope these Council persons who espouse democratic principles will have the good judgment and ethical fortitude to rethink their disappointing actions and reverse their vote,
Keep fighting the good fight, Bob. We’ve got your back.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Point Loma Democratic Club of which she is a member.
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.
Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer
Council President Todd Gloria
Councilmember Mark Kersey
Councilmember Lorie Zapf
Councilmember Scott Sherman
Councilmember David Alvarez
Councilmember Marti Emerald
- Feb 25 – Today! Help the Mayor Fight the Special Interests (peninsulademocrat.wordpress.com)
- Support Filner’s Call for an End to Poverty Wages at Downtown Hotels (peninsulademocrat.wordpress.com)
- Why Mayor Filner is Right to Stand Up to the Real Bullies (obrag.org)