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.
We need to make sure San Diego stays competitive, that our local companies stop being lured away by other states and cities. We need to streamline the permitting process and provide certainty for our businesses by creating concrete deadlines for permits to be approved. We need to move government into the 21st century by making it easier to do business with City Hall online.
I am looking forward to the innovative new ideas that will come out of this committee. It will be a vital point of communication between the City Council and our local businesses. Like Regulatory Relief Day, but more than once or twice a year. This committee will be looking at everything from issues with particular small businesses and Business Improvement Districts, to much larger scale issues like how a strong education system keeps the next generation of San Diegans competitive for high paying jobs.
I am also looking forward to representing the City, and the taxpayers, on outside organizations like the San Diego River Conservancy, Mission Trails Regional Park, LAFCO, the San Diego Consortium Policy Board, and SANDAG as Mayor Sanders’ alternate.
In addition, Councilmember David Alvarez and I have both been reappointed to the SAFE Board, where we will continue to fight to reform an organization that has long outlived its relevancy.
2012 promises to be a busy, productive year here in San Diego… even for those of us who aren’t running for office.