Originally published April 2, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., updated April 2, 2013 at 3:24 p.m.
Governor Brown Responds To Sequestration With Military Advisory Council
California Assemblyman Rocky Chavez is on the Governor's Military Advisory Council. He represents California's 76th assembly district which includes Camp Pendleton. He retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel.
Mark Cafferty is President of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation
San Diego may be about to go through a cycle it has been through many times. Each time, it is painful economically — the downsizing of the military.
There were times in the past when the region's economy was so tied to the Navy and military manufacturing that San Diego slumped for years after military budget cuts.
But the region has a more diversified economy now and also some very strong assets that make it easier to defend its investment in the military.
The news that Governor Jerry Brown has set up a Military Advisory Council is good news for San Diego because the region will need political help from every level to save its installations and other military assets.