For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Contact: Irene McCormack, 619 453-4988

NEWS RELEASE

MAYOR BOB FILNER STATEMENT REGARDING THE TOURISM MARKETING DISTRICT
Statement from Mayor Bob Filner regarding the San Diego City Council action today: “I have been trying for four months to do what the City Council asked me to do in their resolution last year: to negotiate an operating agreement with the TMD. Unfortunately, the TMD continually refused to negotiate. Last Friday, for the first time, they finally agreed to negotiate after a court decision made it clear that I am allowed to protect the taxpayers of this city. We are 90% of the way toward an agreement. And I am confident that we can conclude our negotiations in just a few more days. But anxious to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, Council President Gloria today has decided that rather than protect taxpayers – he would have last year’s deeply flawed agreement shoved right down the taxpayer’s throats. That is wrong – and I will not allow that to happen. My position is clear: We can promote tourism, enhance our economy, and protect the taxpayers from being ripped off. That is my goal, and that is what I will insist upon.” ###

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