San Diego Uptown News | Dec. 9–Dec. 22, 2011
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Letters to the Editor
Tax Dollars should help grow jobs, not red tape
Our tax dollars must be used
to support our neighborhoods, businesses and local jobs, not block the way to progress with unnecessary red tape. Here is an example. You may have noticed the rest- rooms on one of our local beaches have been closed for over two years, replaced with unsightly porta potties on the sand. Why has it taken the City so long to fix a facility used by countless residents and tourists visiting Ocean Beach? It’s not due to budget cuts, environmental regulations or neighborhood controversy. It’s because the City contracting department stumbled through three construction bidding rounds – once rejecting a bid because it was not properly submitted in a 3-ring binder.
I’ve been a leader in the campaign to bring “regulatory relief” to City Hall. The Ocean Beach restroom project illus- trates what happens when red tape gets in the way: regula- tions overrule common sense, jobs are put on hold and San Diegans’ time is wasted. My goal is for businesses to spend less time navigating City bureaucracy so they can focus on running a successful business, strengthening our local economy and hiring more San Diegans. I promoted a recent regula-
tory relief workshop around the question, “How can City Hall help a business create a job?” Dozens shared red tape horror stories and recom- mendations to improve City customer service, including: eliminating annual permits for home businesses; creating a “starter kit” for new businesses and contract bidders; clarifying regulations to avoid different interpretations by different bureaucrats; and expanding
The workshop is just the be- ginning. I will be releasing an action plan to reform the most burdensome City business regulations that are needlessly hurting San Diego’s economic recovery – and the jobs that come with it.
So what about the Ocean
Beach restrooms? A local construction company was ultimately selected and the re- strooms are scheduled to open in time for the summer. As for the City contracting depart- ment, I asked for a full perfor- mance audit of their operations and there is currently an op- portunity for new management at the department. What regulatory relief do you need to succeed? Tell me on the Regulatory Relief San Diego Facebook page, @ RegReliefSD on Twitter or at firstname.lastname@example.org
—Tem Kevin L. Faulconer Council President Pro
CalendarofEvents DEC. 9 Mission Hills Farmer’s
Market: 3 to 7 p.m. every Fri- day, 4050 Falcon St., free. DanceJam Barefoot
Boogie: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. every Friday, Eveoke Dance Theatre, 2811 University Ave., 238-1153, movingarts.net
, $5 before 9:30 p.m., $7 after 9:30 p.m. and $10 for class jam and boogie.
DEC. 10 Jobs For Autism benefi t
concert: 8:30 p.m., Birch North Park Theatre 2891 University Ave., featuring Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, tickets start at $31.50. Clear Mind Retreat: 10 a.m., Vajrarupini Kadampa
Buddhist Center 3344 Fourth Ave., for more information, visit MeditationInSanDiego.org
, $45 including vegetarian lunch. Golden Hill Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, B St. between 27th and 28th Streets, free. Old Town Farmer’s Mar- ket: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free. North Park Independent
Bazaar: 1 to 6 p.m. Queen Bee’s Arts and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St., free. San Diego Womens Cho-
rus Winter concert: 7 p.m., Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw Street, free- $15. Oil Recycling Event: 9 a.m.
– 1 p.m., Balboa Park, Corner of Park Blvd. and Presidents Way, Recycle oil and fi lters, maximum 10 gallons. For more information, call (858) 694 – 7000, free. Ray at Night Art Walk: 6 p.m., Ray street between Uni- versity Avenue and North Park Way, for more information, visit northparkarts.org
DEC. 11 Kids & Family Meditation
Class: 9-10 a.m., Vajrarupini Kadampa Buddhist Center, 3344 Fourth Ave., for more informa- tion, visits MeditationInSanDi- ego.org
, $10 per family. Hillcrest Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday,
Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free.
Marston House Holiday
event: 11 a.m., complimentary cider and baked goods and free gift-wrapping while shopping. 3525 7th Ave., free. Hanukkah Happening: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla $2 for JCC members and $3 for non- members, free parking is available San Diego Womens Cho-
rus Winter concert: 3 p.m., Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw Street, free- $15.
Holiday Spectacular: 4 see Calendar, page 7
“Not in my back- yard” responses
I read Margie Palmer’s
article “Not in my Backyard” with great sadness and disappoint- ment. How could anyone object to opening a VA rehab facility in Old Town? Oh wait, I forgot! The Uptown neighborhoods are so left leaning that when people say they “support the troops” they just want to mouth the words, they don’t want to do anything that would actually give support to the troops.
—J. T. Brown , Hillcrest
Has anyone told you that the zoning for the proposed site does not allow such a facility? The VA is applying for a condi- tional use permit to change the zoning of that building…
—CJS, concerned parent
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