Archive for the ‘Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’ Category
Today the City Council voted to approve the Committee appointments for 2012. I am honored to serve on the following committees next year:
- Land Use & Housing – Chair
- Economic Development & Strategies – Vice Chair
- Public Safety & Neighborhood Services – Vice Chair
- Rules, Open Government & Intergovernmental Relations
- Natural Resources & Culture
I am particularly excited to be the Vice Chair of the newest committee on Economic Development and Strategies, chaired by Councilmember Lightner. As I’ve said before, the success of the City of San Diego is directly tied to the success of our local businesses, and I think that this Council recognizes that.
Yesterday, before the Great Power Outage of 2011 wreaked havoc throughout the County and dominated the Twitterverse , the San Diego Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) held their September Board meeting.
After watching board members shamefully lash out at San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar for announcing that, while the Fire Department will still fully comply with the obligations of their SAFE funding, the 11 year tradition of letting the County and other cities use San Diego’s fire helicopters free of charge was now over, Agenda Item 2011-28 came before the board. The action item was a request from Councilmember David Alvarez and myself to suspend the call box tax on motor vehicle registration in San Diego County for the period of one year.
It’s not about getting rid of call boxes, but trying to either fix or eliminate a government program that has lost its relevancy. After our election and subsequent appointment to the SAFE Board, Councilmember Alvarez and I have been questioning and scrutinizing the practices of the San Diego SAFE organization. I am proud to announce that we have been working with Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher since the spring of this year, looking at revising SAFE statewide. Councilmember Alvarez and I hope this will create a dialogue that will transform the organization to improve public safety, government efficiency, and protect taxpayer money.
The first seven months of my term has been an incredible learning experience. Many of you are aware that I never intended to be a politician; I am a business owner. But I ran for City Council because I was fed up with how the mismanagement of taxpayer dollars was dramatically affecting my quality of life. I believe that, while government isn’t a business, making financial decisions based on business principals is the way to getting San Diego back in the black.