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Opinion - May 18, 2012

Keep the Tri-Valley coalition together

Just as the coalition of Tri-Valley cities is enthusiastically backing a new marketing campaign by the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau to attract more visitors to our region, we hear rumblings from some business and city leaders in San Ramon that they want out. In a resolution approved 5-0 by the San Ramon City Council last week, the city is asking CVB's president and CEO Grant Raeside to return all funds collected from San Ramon hotels or to make sure that they are used strictly to market and promote San Ramon. The push comes from Tom David, area general manager of San Ramon Marriott, the city's largest hotel, who complained that while San Ramon hotels generate 25% of the fees used by the CVB, they're not seeing the benefit. Both Reaside and the other cities that are part of the CVB program -- Danville, Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton -- plan to reject the request and San Ramon could likely withdraw from the aggressive area marketing program.

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