Thursday, May 10, 2012



Calls on More Assistance for Start-up Businesses 

SAN DIEGO - We need more corporate headquarters and more start-up businesses to help boost the San Diego region's economy and create new jobs.

I'm calling for a two-pronged approach to business development; a review of the county's regulatory process specifically as it relates to start-up businesses to help entrepreneurs expand and grow their business, and; I would like the Board of Supervisors to consider public/private partnerships with all cities in the region and appropriate economic development corporations to put forward a concerted effort to attract corporate headquarters to San Diego County.  This will be my number one priority as County Supervisor.

We worked together to attract Legoland to Carlsbad and I believe we should at least sit down together to see how we can pool resources to bring corporate offices to San Diego County. I know we work in this regard now but I think we should pull together a region-wide plan.  I am the only candidate who has a proven track record as a regional leader and incoming President of the League of California Cities-San Diego Division, and have the experience of pulling diverse bipartisan stakeholders together to solve problems.

We may also find that we can do things to spur new start-up businesses.  Let's work to eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles that get in the way of businesses expanding and review the process specifically for start-ups to see how we can do better.  And we can do better!

A strong business base provides more than just jobs -- successful corporations commit to their hometowns.  They invest in civic affairs, they give to charities such as health and food programs, and they support community projects like the arts, youth sports and more. It is important to widen our corporate base and I have decades of experience doing just that.

San Diego County government can assist to the best of its ability in turning around our economy and help to create good-paying jobs that support middle class families and enable them to invest in their future.   I'm proposing a leadership role in this area.  It won't be easy but we can do it.   Local economic development corporations work on these things all the time. I just want to hone our collective efforts with leadership by the county. San Diego can offer so much more than good weather to attract corporations.

I have served as a corporate officer for a San Diego Fortune 500 company and started my own real estate management firm.   I also served as a councilmember, Deputy Mayor and Mayor over the past eight years and work closely with a number of local Chambers of Commerce.  Recently, I earned the coveted endorsement of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce which facilitates and supports sustainable business practices that spur innovation, job creation, energy efficiency and an overall brighter economic future.  Together, we can make San Diego even better!


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