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Fletcher Releases Plan For Port Of San Diego

Aired 5/16/12 on KPBS News.

Proposals for San Diego’s Port have played a central role in this year’s mayoral campaign. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is the latest to release his plan for the Port.

— Proposals for San Diego’s Port have played a central role in this year’s mayoral campaign. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is the latest to release his plan for the Port.


Nathan Fletcher's Port Plan

Nathan Fletcher's Port Plan

Nathan Fletcher's plan for the Port of San Diego.

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Fletcher says he is opposed to any effort to use Port land for other projects, like a Chargers Stadium. Instead, he said he wants to expand the Port.

Fletcher is calling for increasing the region’s exports by $5 billion by 2020. The goal is similar to one President Barack Obama announced in 2010 that calls for doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014. Fletcher said San Diego’s Port needs to play a large role in the local effort.

“95 percent of the world’s customers live outside of America. So I want San Diego’s businesses to be exporting their goods to those 95 percent,” he said. “But that requires a real commitment to the Port and to partnering with them to help them grow.”

Fletcher is also calling for an increased Navy and Marine Corps presence in the bay, which he says will benefit the Port. The Pentagon has already announced plans to shift more resources to the West Coast. But Fletcher says that doesn’t guarantee San Diego will benefit.

“A lot of the military will tell you that in D.C. there’s an approach, they always say 'ABC,' 'Anywhere But California,' because a lot of things are made difficult for them,” he said. “And what I want to send is a powerful signal to the Navy and the Marine Corps that San Diego is where they want to be.”

Fletcher's campaign released an endorsement of his plan from Rear Admiral Len Hering, the former "Navy Mayor" of San Diego.

Fletcher’s mayoral competitors, City Councilman Carl DeMaio, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Congressman Bob Filner have their own views on the Port.

KPBS will post a summary of each candidate's plan on Friday.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 16, 2012 at 4:46 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

The port seems to be a hot topic in this election, but what do these candidates think about the **airport**?

That's the real gorilla in the room in our city.

There is no room to expand our runway.

We are the second busiest **one runway** airport in the **world**.

It's not a matter of if the airport will need to be moved from the current location but when.

Granted, that when might be anywhere from 15-30 years from now, but when you consider how long it will take to secure a new location, do the planning, go through all the environmental and other agency reviews, and actually construct it, the time to begin is **NOW**.

But Mayor Sanders has decided to evade the issue and spend **BILLIONS** on revamping a doomed Lindbergh Field.

New gates, new parking garages, new roads, new terminals - basically new everything except **RUNWAY SPACE**.

Just once it would be nice to actually start tackling a major problem *before* negative consequences start.

Instead, a dopey public and even stupider political leadership will just ignore the problem until we start seeing back-ups, long waits, and complaining, and, by that point, it will be a rushed hatchet job to get an airport built quickly making us a bigger aviation joke that we already are.

I hear political hacks talking about bringing business to San Diego, but none of them ever address the airport issue.

In this day and age of global business, a well-connected international airport **is** a factor in attracting good paying jobs locally.

But our inept leaders are too timid to stand up to military interests and too corrupt to embark on anything that will likely not bear politically advantageous fruit until they are well out of office.

I'd really like a mayor who is willing to get tough with Miramar.

It's the it's logical place for a new airport.

We need a mayor who is willing to stand up for San Diego and go straight to Washington D.C. And say look, this can't go on forever.

Plan your exit.

Bypass the local Military bosses.

They are too wrapped-up in local pay for play politics and have an unrealistic sense of entitlement to our city's land.

Ignore them and take it straight to the people who can make change in D.C.

We all know DeMaio and Dumanis don't have the courage to do this.

What about you Filner and/or Fletcher?

Hell, if Fletcher were to actually come up with a bold plan for Lindbergh Field that **doesn't** involve wasting billions in the current location, I might actually switch my vote from Filner.

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