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San Diegans Lobby Washington To Keep Federal Dollars

Evening Edition

Last week, 100 San Diego delegates went to Washington D.C. to talk about impending budget cuts affect on our region. Two members of that delegation, San Diego city councilman Todd Gloria and president of San Diego's regional Chamber of Commerce Ruben Barrales told KPBS' Evening Edition what they discussed with federal officials and politicians.

Aired 9/17/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Todd Gloria, San Diego City Councilman (District 3)

Ruben Barrales, president San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce


Group representing San Diego in D.C.
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Above: Group representing San Diego in D.C.

One hundred delegates from San Diego and Baja California, representing both the public and private sectors, talked with federal officials in Washington, D.C., last week.

The delegates' main concern was the potential impact on San Diego of threatened across-the-board federal spending cuts at the end of this year.

The San Diego County Regional Chamber of Commerce posted a blog on the goals and results of the D.C. trip.

KPBS Midday/Evening Edition intern Rashmi Chugani contributed to this segment.

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Avatar for user 'bgulino'

bgulino | September 17, 2012 at 12:33 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Ten minutes googling "sequester" and I come up with a military budget of about 650 billion is going to be cut by about 50 billion, less than 10%.

Then I have to listen to a couple of chamber of commerce types chirping about how 1 out of every 4 jobs in San Diego are at risk.

Do a little research Ms. Cavanaugh. When you do a show like this, you are functioning as the public relations arm of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS Staff | September 17, 2012 at 1:55 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

In reference to bgulino:

I refer you to an earlier article by KPBS reporter Alison St. John "Taking Stock Of Military’s Economic Impact On San Diego." The article explains in-depth San Diego's reliance on the defense industry. That reliance has changed over the years, but it is still significant.


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simonthegreat | September 18, 2012 at 1:25 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

... Not once it was mentioned anything about this is a cut in INCREASE in spending of money which we don't have; no matter where it comes from as tax payers were all on hook. I love it when they mention the money is from federal or some entity as though it's funded by martians.

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