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Carl DeMaio Wants You to Have a Job

Liam Dillon, VOICE OF SAN DIEGO.org

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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How much is too much?
Companies look at the costs of doing business in a city before deciding to relocate or expand there and local economists have said the city could do a much better job with permitting and land-use rules to lessen the burden on businesses.
But there's more to it than that. Companies increasingly also are looking for a strong quality of life for their employees. By sharply reducing the fees businesses pay, DeMaio could be reducing the city's ability to maintain San Diego's quality of life.
"There's a balancing act," said Erik Bruvold, who heads the National University think tank. "We could cut those fees to the bone, but then traffic would suck, we wouldn’t have parks and libraries wouldn't be open."