Few people are as influential in this town right now as Mike McDowell. He’s top enforcer of Atlas Hotels’ C. Terry Brown’s wishes. He’s the leader of the Lodging Industry Association. He’s the chairman of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
He’s as smart as you can get.
He was the engine that, in 2008, managed to add a 2 percent hotel-room tax in addition to the city’s 10.5 percent levy. The City Council had tried twice before only to have voters reject something similar.