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Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 | The people are right.

In a city with a great volunteer and civic spirit like San Diego, there ways to solve financial problems that don’t involve cutting back municipal services.

We should be exploring ways to increase economic activity, such as reducing the cost of travel and lodging, working with airlines to obtain more direct flights, seeking more cooperation with the military, businesses, professional sports teams to educate the public in their operations and needs, manufacturers, theme parks, museums, and institutions to create interest in our industry, products, government functions, and history.

We should be reaching out to the new federal administration for assistance with facing border, security, international trade, job creation, housing, law enforcement, transportation, fire prevention and control, and water issues.

We should be dealing with and eliminating road blocks to economic development, such as the multiple layers of bureaucracy needed in order to obtain approval for public and private projects.

Mayor Jerry Sanders hasn’t come up with meaningful solutions to fix our streets, warn of or prepare for infrastructure failure, reduce the cost of ambulance services, maintain municipal services, involve the citizenry in the process of problem solving, or improve the San Diego economy.

We need change, vision, and creativity in San Diego to keep the city and its services open.

We do not need negative thinkers in public office. We need “can do” people.

Let’s recall Mayor Sanders and choose a creative problem solver to lead our city through these difficult economic times.

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