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“On Maryland Street a city crew replaced 100 feet of sidewalk. It took them about two weeks, and everyday I’d drive by and there’s nine gleaming white city trucks, and nine guys standing around, and one guy breaking it up and eight guys standing there watching him.”

“I know if you hired a private contractor, they wouldn’t send nine employees and nine individual trucks, and it wouldn’t take them that long. I’ve got to believe there’s a lot more efficiency they can wring out of the city before raising taxes.”

— Matt Brinker, 49, Hillcrest, a commercial banker

Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at

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