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Lani Lutar has returned to her same position as president and chief executive officer at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association after only six weeks as the vice president of public policy at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Lutar told me that the international financial crisis led her back to her former post, saying that local governments were going to be impacted profoundly.

“We’re in unprecedented times and this decision’s about where I can best serve my community,” she said.

I noted that the vice president of public policy position at the chamber in the past has been a very influential one in local politics. Mitch Mitchell, who served in the role before Lutar’s predecessor, Scott Alevy, had a significant role in local policy.

Lutar said: “The chamber does have an opportunity to have an impact and it will. I can have a greater role at the taxpayers.” She said there were no problems at the chamber that forced her out.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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