I heard things a little differently about the future of how the Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau will be managed, which is being discussed tonight at the Redevelopment Agency/Community and Economic Development Committee meeting at City Hall. I originally heard that a consortium of hotels, called the Oakland Tourism Business Improvement District, would take over the CVB. But item #3 on tonight’s agenda recommends that the consortium (OTBID), proposed by the Bureau, be city-run. The CVB, however, is already city-run and that may be part the problem. Oakland doesn’t have the dough to promote tourism well in Oakland, which leads to less tourism. That brings in less money to attract more tourism. If the OTBID could charge a minute tax like in SF to support tourism efforts that might be a prettier picture. And the city would be off the hook for the cash. I thought the meeting was tomorrow and meant to make some calls, but I just got sent to cover the kick-off party for the Model City Summit on Women (unfortunate grammar choice there) hosted by the Mayor & Mrs. Dellums at 5:45 at the AAMLO. I’ll check it out later.