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Council to consider resolution requiring Filner to sign TMD agreement

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposed resolution seeking to require Mayor Bob Filner to sign an operating agreement that releases funds to San Diego's Tourism Marketing District was added Friday to the City Council agenda for Tuesday.

The resolution says that signing the contract is a ministerial function of the mayor's office for which Filner has no discretion. The text states that the council members approved a renewal for the district in November, and it reiterates their current approval.

Ex-Mayor Jerry Sanders was unable to sign all the necessary renewal documents before he left office in December. Filner, his successor, refused to sign the funding contract because he wants higher pay for hotel workers and more money for public safety, among other things.

The TMD has sued the city of San Diego and Filner, but reached a settlement with the City Council this week to remove the city as a defendant.

In exchange, the City Council is to acknowledge that the mayor is obliged to sign the contract.

A court hearing on the matter is scheduled for next Friday.

"We want the TMD to continue operating," council President Todd Gloria said when the city settlement was announced. "I hope the entire matter is quickly resolved so the TMD can go back to publicizing our destination, and we can focus on other priority matters."

Tourism officials said the TMD has been unable to launch a $5.4 million advertising campaign because of the hang-up with the mayor.

The San Diego Tourism Authority -- the former Convention and Visitors Bureau -- announced Thursday that it issued 85 layoff notices this week as a result of the TMD funding dispute. The authority said it might have to close by May 13 if the issue isn't resolved.

The TMD is funded by a 2 percent charge on hotel room rates. The resulting revenue is distributed to a variety of organizations that promote tourism in San Diego.

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