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Governor Brown Responds To Sequestration With Military Advisory Council

Evening Edition

Mark Cafferty, president of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, talks to KPBS about Governor Brown's Military Advisory Council to respond to sequestration.

Aired 4/2/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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.

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CaliforniaDefender | April 2, 2013 at 12:56 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Brown angrily eyes the rest of the politicians as they jockey for position to feed at the federal trough. He grunts and snarls as they squeeze closer.

A taxpayer nervously tosses food into the trough, hoping he won't be bitten.

He then returns to his dilapidated home after cursing the potholed roads and crumbling bridges along the way. He sighs as he looks in his cupboard, not a morsel left.

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jimpeugh | April 2, 2013 at 11:05 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

The conversation on the radio suggested that the guests want all current military funding, and more, to continue in San Diego without any regard to whether it efficiently fulfills our nation's current military needs or not. Their lobbying might be more effective if they identify ways to improve our local contribution to our military's cost effectiveness and capability in ways that also provide a sustainability our region, with more emphasis on the former.

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