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New Citizens Committee On City Revenues Holds Its First Meeting

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Aired 12/15/09

The Citizens Revenue Review and Economic Competitiveness Commission could help break new ground on ways to balance the City of San Diego's budget.

A diverse group of San Diegans tasked with reviewing the city’s revenues sat down this afternoon for their first meeting.

The Citizens Revenue Review and Economic Competitiveness Commission is part of the city of San Diego’s long term strategy to confront a budget beset by falling revenues and increasing costs.

Councilman Tony Young chairs the city’s Budget Committee. He says the Commission includes a company CEO, professors of economics and management, a media relations executive, a community organizer and a business attorney.

“We have ideology that spans the spectrum from very conservative to liberal,” Young said. “So it’s a broad range in this group that will have these big discussions and will help the council and the mayor make decisions.”

The new Commission will review a survey of which core services residents want, and an audit of the city’s different sources of revenue. The members will add their ideas to those of the mayor and Council on how to make San Diego solvent.

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