Friday, Jan. 26, 2007 | I believe it is important for San Diegans to have representation in Washington, D.C. I also believe our region has elected officials for that purpose, i.e: (congressmen and senators). How come the Mayor’s Office cannot be in touch with these people on a local level instead of sending the mayor on expensive excursions while our city is broke? In the mayor’s recent release he stated that “we must continue our lobbying efforts to keep San Diego on the primary funding list for Homeland Security grants.”

Are none of the elected officials paying attention to this issue on a regional level? The mayor also stated that “Of particular interest to us — and all large urban areas in the country — is House Bill 1 which would make the USAI program permanent and include a carve-out for inter-operable communications.” Again, are the powers that be not doing their job and looking out for San Diego’s best interests? While I completely understand that these are important issues for our region, I am not sure that the mayor is the elected official that the people have chosen to put before Washington, D.C., with respect to these issues.

Our city is faced with financial crisis and it seems every time I look in the paper the mayor is jet-setting to Washington, D.C. while our council and city attorney are trying to get the past due bills paid and keep up with legal costs. Since taking office the mayor has really turned into an aristocrat, greasing the palms of developers and giving away city projects to his political backers. I think its time that the public see his expense report and a printed itemization of his accomplishments in the city. I would hate to see him take credit for the work of the council and the city attorney who appear to be working tirelessly on the real problems our city is facing.

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