Hello members, and welcome to our new page just for you.

Our goal is to uncover the truth and make sense of the chaos of news you absorb each day. Members make this effort possible.

Last week, I thought we demonstrated this drive very well. I want to share with you members why it made me proud. Through a combination of public pressure and inventive compromise, we compelled the city to reveal details it was protecting about which hotel owners in town had the privilege of deciding whether hotel-room taxes went up or not.

Voters twice, earlier in the decade, rejected hotel room taxes. Yet Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City Council developed a complex way to increase the taxes without a vote of the people.

It means hotel owners get to decide whether they raise taxes and they get more of a say if they are bigger and closer to the Convention Center.

Our team pushed the city to reveal details about this special secret vote. And we got them. Then we explained why it mattered.

As member Omar Passons commented: “This whole situation is exactly the way government AND journalism is supposed to work.”

That’s the point. The community works when people have the facts and understand them. The people must vet major civic decisions. Only with a service like this can members ensure it happens. If your friends or coworkers haven’t heard of Voice of San Diego, please tell them about us and encourage them to join our community.

Thank you for your support.

I’m Scott Lewis, the CEO of Voice of San Diego. Please contact me if you’d like at scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0527 and follow me on Twitter (it’s a blast!):

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Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis oversees Voice of San Diego’s operations, website and daily functions as Editor in Chief. He also writes about local politics, where he frequently...

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