Attorney Cory Briggs has announced that he will be providing $250,000 in seed money to kick-start the campaign for a citizens’ initiative to raise the City of San Diego’s Transient Occupancy Tax from 10.5% to 15.5% and eliminate the City’s 2% Tourism Marketing District Tax. The goal is for voters to see the initiative on their June 2016 ballot.
Read the press release here: Press_Release.
Read the FAQs about the ballot measure here: TOT-TMD_FAQs.
Review Cory’s TOT/TMD spreadsheet here: TOT-TMD_Comparison.
August 28, 2014: Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and concerned citizen Alfred Scolari submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Justice concerning interactions between Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, and various public officials. Read the request here: 2014-08-28_FOIA_Request.
October 8, 2014: The Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys denied the FOIA request. Read the denial here: 2014-10-08_Ltr_Gerson_to_Briggs_RE_FOIA2014-04190.
December 18, 2014: Department of Justice acknowledges receipt of appeal of denial. Read the acknowledgment here: 2014-12-18_USDOJ_re_FOIA.
July 10, 2015: Department of Justice partially grants appeal and directs the Executive Office to search for responsive records. Read the ruling here: 2015-07-10 DOJ Letter re Records Remand.
This chronology is being posted in response to inquires concerning Melinda Haag’s resignation announcement on July 29, 2015.