Sept. 26 2011 12:00 AM

Hotel tax money goes towards pet projects; Asian Film Fest big winner

TaterTots
No, not that kind of TOT
Credit: Major Small, WikiMedia Commons

With all the talk of increasing the hotel-room tax (officially, the transient occupancy tax), we figured now was as good a time as ever to highlight the small slush fund--I mean, discretionary funds provided to elected officials out of the revenues.

Each member of the City Council and the mayor gets approximately $25,000 annually to dole out in discretionary grants to cultural programs. This is where City Council President Tony Young got the money to fund Praise Fest (covered in this week's CityBeat). The tax is also a major source of funding for the San Diego Asian Film Festival, which received $30,000 in TOT grants from four different members of the council in 2010 and 2011. Even self-proclaimed "Taxpayer Watchdog" Carl DeMaio is in on the spending action. 

Below you'll find a spreadsheet of each council office's spending, broken down by pet projects:
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Quick note: In certain cases the recipient is not the actual name of the project. For example, Praise Fest was funded through the Jacobs Center.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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