Bipartisan City Council Coalition Vows To Cut Red Tape So S.D. Businesses Can Create Jobs

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Faulconer, Young and Zapf seek "Regulatory Relief" for San Diego businesses

Time is money.” It’s an all-American saying that every small business in San Diego lives by.

Today, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer joined Council President Tony Young, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Building Industry Association of San Diego to committ to helping businesses spend less time navigating the City bureaucracy so they can focus on generating more money – for their families, for our local economy, and for job creation.

The Councilmembers kicked off Regulatory Relief Week at all-American small business Shorelines Gallery in downtown San Diego. Shorelines Gallery is an American craft gallery that sells art by American artists — all made in the U.S.A.

Shorelines Gallery wants more parking for customers on city streets and more marketing opportunities that current regulations don’t allow. As a result, it can’t afford to hire more employees.

So how can businesses like this help cut the red tape? Regulatory Relief Week culminates at the Monday, November 14 Regulatory Relief Workshop — 6 PM at San Diego City Hall. Here, businesses can tell the City Council where government should get out of their way and where it can assist their business, in ways large and small. They can tell City leaders, “This is how you help us create just one more job.”

If you can’t attend the workshop, send us your business and job growth ideas online. Go to Regulatory Relief San Diego on Facebook or @RegReliefSD on Twitter.

Faulconer, Zapf and Young leading Regulatory Relief workshop to seek ways to cut red tape, reduce burdensome regulations and create more jobs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2011)  —  San Diego city leaders today vowed to aid struggling businesses and announced plans to host a workshop to hear about ways City Hall can cut red tape to make it easier to expand operations and create more jobs.

“As the backbone of our economy, local business owners know firsthand just how hard it can be to do business here, so hearing their suggestions and concerns will be invaluable,” said San Diego City Council President Tony Young.

The City Council will host a “Business Regulatory Relief Workshop” on Monday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 202 C Street in downtown San Diego.

The focus of the evening workshop will be to get input and recommendations from businesses small and large on ways the City of San Diego can streamline permitting processes and reduce burdensome rules and regulations to help firms stay competitive in this tough economy.

This will launch an unprecedented review by council committees in the months and year ahead of many rules and regulations in order to modify or repeal with the goal of helping businesses survive and thrive, noted Council President Young.

With businesses continuing to be squeezed in today’s uncertain economy, Councilmember Lorie Zapf said she’s committed to working diligently with city staff to do a better job of “untangling and reforming rules and regulations.”

“Business growth and job creation is going to be the engine that drives our local economic recovery and I want to continue to do everything possible to help local businesses prosper and grow,” she said.

City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer urged the City to take a serious look at weeding out inconsistent, redundant and outdated regulations.  “We must review City business regulations because some may needlessly be hurting San Diego’s economy recovery and jobs that come with it.  San Diego is home to innovative businesses and entrepreneurs, and we want them to bring their ideas for economic growth to the City Council.”

Business owners and others unable to attend the Nov. 14 Regulatory Relief workshop can contact their City Council District representative (, or post comments and recommendations on Facebook (Regulatory-Relief-San Diego) and Twitter (@RegReliefSD).



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