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Former San Diego city council member Donna Frye speaks on Measure D

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two large and competing measures on the ballot this November are Measure C and Measure D.

Measure C would increase hotel tax and put some of the finances toward a new stadium in San Diego.

Measure D would also increase hotel tax in San Diego, however it would exclude using the money to build a stadium.

It's called Measure D, also known as the Citizens' Plan or the Briggs's Initiative, was written primarily by San Diego City Attorney Cory Briggs as an alternative to the Chargers plan for a downtown stadium.

Measure D would raise the hotel tax from 10.5 percent to 15.5 percent and pushes for a non-contiguous convention center expansion. That means two buildings in separate locations, but both used for for conventions.

Measure D also prohibits using the hotel tax money to fund a new stadium. Under the plan the Chargers would have to fund it themselves, but Measure D does include plans to develop the Qualcomm site in Mission Valley as a park and open space.

Donna Frye, a former San Diego City council member, supports Measure D and says the San Diego Taxpayers Association is running ads against the measure that are being paid for by the hoteliers. 

Frye says the lack of transparency to the public is a violation of campaign ethics.  

"Ads that are being run against Measure D have not been properly disclosed who's paying for those and we just learned who is paying for them. Over $100,000 has been spent by hoteliers to defeat Measure D and they haven't properly disclosed who's paying for it," she said.

Why would the hoteliers do this?

Frye said it's because of tourist revenue.

"Many years ago, the hoteliers votes to take 2 percent of the tourist revenue, over $30 million on an annual basis, and use it for themselves. It does not go into the general fund, they control it, they get to decide how it's spent and the public never sees that money," Frye said. 

Fry also said that the public was denied a right to vote. What Measure D does is it allows the public to vote on the tourist taxes and it puts that money into the general fund and not into the hoteliers' pockets.   

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