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Economic consequences from Filnergate

EconoMeter panel weighs the collateral damage on San Diego's economy

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, August 2, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES 

The mayor can no longer serve as an effective leader partnering with state and congressional delegations. San Diego needs those relationships to implement projects and funding for needed public investments. The city loses influence and prestige to compete with other major cities seeking public funding and commercial investments. One example is the ambiguity over policies releasing funds for tourism marketing. Uncertainty over the mayor resigning or being recalled and whether policies and proposals are implemented could prompt prudent businesses to postpone investment and spending decisions. Ability to recruit and retain talented, experienced city workers is also impinged for critical services.