The city of San Diego has been sued for the second time in almost three months over a 2 percent tourism marketing levy that hotel guests have paid for the last several years.The class-action complaint, which was filed last week, not only seeks to bar the city from continuing to levy the fee but also asks for the repayment of funds paid by hotel customers over a more than 3 1/2-year period. That sum, while not named in the suit, could total well over $100 million.The premise of the suit and another filed in September by Irvine attorney John McClendon is that the tourism levy approved by the city and voted on by the city’s hotel owners is illegal because it is a tax, which requires voter approval under the state constitution.The millions of dollars collected by the city since the tourism levy went into effect in 2008 is administered by a hotelier-run Tourism Marketing District, which doles out funds for the purpose of promoting San Diego as a tourist destination. … [Read more...] about San Diego sued over tourism hotel fee
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters. Advertisement Supported by A year ago, electric rental scooters were hailed as the next big thing in transportation. But their troubles in San Diego show how the services have now hit growing pains. ByErin Griffith Sept. 4, 2019, 3:00 a.m. ET SAN DIEGO — The first thing you notice in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is not the brick sidewalks, the rows of bars and the roving gaggles of bachelorette parties and conferencegoers, or even the actual gas lamps. It’s the electric rental scooters. Hundreds are scattered around the sidewalks, clustered in newly painted corrals on the street and piled up in the gutters. Since scooter rental companies like Bird, Lime, Razor, Lyft and Uber-owned Jump moved into San Diego last year, … [Read more...] about Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters.
José Luis Corona didn’t expect to move back to Mexico when he left for the United States 12 years ago, but that was until he saw the Horizonte luxury condominiums in Tijuana.The 54-year-old, originally from Mexico City, already owns a home in Chula Vista but decided about a year ago to get a $290,000 condo in Horizonte, which features a roof garden, gym, security and views overlooking the Club Campestre golf course and much of the city. Corona, who works for an aerosol can manufacturer with offices in San Diego, said the quality he gets at Horizonte is substantial for the price — around $500,000 to $750,000 less than what the average new condo built in the last two years goes for in San Diego County. “I like both places,” he said, “(but) I think things are improving a lot in Tijuana.” Corona is one of hundreds of Mexican nationals who have embraced homeownership in Tijuana, a city long known for its transient … [Read more...] about Tijuana condo boom: The new San Diego?
A city attorney memo declaring that short-term rentals are not allowed in San Diego has intensified a long-simmering debate that’s sure to boil over during a public hearing next week to consider new rules for home-sharing.In a break with the legal opinions of her predecessors, City Attorney Mara Elliott concluded that San Diego’s municipal code doesn’t permit vacation rentals in any zone.As recently as last November, then City Attorney Jan Goldsmith advised the City Council that the current code is too vague and would need to be amended if the city wanted to clarify that rentals listed on platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO are in fact prohibited.Elliott’s opinion arrives just as the city’s planning department plans to release next week long-awaited draft proposals for regulating short-term rentals. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday before the council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee. RELATED:Hottest hotel in town is an apartment … [Read more...] about Short-term rentals not allowed in San Diego, city attorney says
In what a federal judge called “a complex and troubling case,” a lawsuit against San Diego stem cell clinic StemGenex has been granted class action status.StemGenex wrongfully exaggerated patient satisfaction in marketing its treatments to ill or disabled people, according to the lawsuit. It was filed in 2016 by Selena Moorer in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.The class certification order, dated June 24 by Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, could expand the plaintiff group by hundreds of customers, “all of whom had the same type of treatment … and all of whom paid Defendants the same amount – $14,900 per treatment,” according to a statement by the plaintiffs’ attorneys at the San Diego firm Mulligan, Banham and Findley.Malte Farnaes, an attorney for StemGenex, told the Los Angeles Times the firm was “disappointed” in Battaglia’s order but was encouraged that the judge acknowledged the case is narrowly … [Read more...] about San Diego stem cell clinic StemGenex faces class action lawsuit