San Diegans rightly expect all levels of local government to be focused on creating and maintaining jobs, especially in this period of economic uncertainty. Today in front of the international headquarters of San Diego-based manufacturer Solar Turbines, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer joined County Supervisor Greg Cox, Port Chairman Scott Peters and many more local leaders to unite behind protecting thousands of San Diego jobs that may be in peril.
“As the Councilmember who represents downtown, I know how crucial Solar Turbines is to San Diego, and how important the company’s ability to operate is to the nearly 4,000 San Diegans who rely on Solar for employment.
I am proud to join leaders from all levels of government to unite behind protecting thousands of San Diego jobs that may be in peril. Solar Turbines has called San Diego home for more than 80 years. It employs more than 3,800 people at its Kearny Mesa and downtown facilities. This is a company that makes cutting edge technology and operates in 98 countries across the world, yet still has deep roots in San Diego.
As Solar Turbines has grown, San Diego has grown up around it. It’s no coincidence that this company’s international headquarters is located in the heart of San Diego. Solar Turbines is part of the fabric of our community. Just ask the thousands of San Diegans it employs – many of whom are here today – how important it is to have quality, local jobs here in our neighborhood.
These jobs and the positive economic impact they produce are critical to our local economy. The development proposal across the street will create insurmountable conflicts between residential and industrial uses that could ultimately result in Solar Turbines having to relocate its operations – and the jobs that come with it. I will not support any development that puts so many quality San Diego jobs in jeopardy.
People are always talking about attracting and creating new jobs. But we must also protect the jobs we have.”