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New sewer lines or new stadium? Your choice.

Will Chargers eat up our sidewalks? Local infrastructure remains wholly inadequate.

Don Bauder, SAN DIEGO READER

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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However, Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute for Policy Research, doesn’t flay San Diegans for their tax aversion. In effect, “We pay taxes in another way,” he says. The cost of living is sky-high, “and the biggest cost is housing prices. Utility rates are high; it’s fortunate that we don’t have to heat or cool our homes as much as those in other cities do.” The cost of living is quite high in cities such as San Jose and San Francisco, but salaries are also inordinately high, he points out. San Diego’s household income is fairly high but not enough to catch up with the cost of living. “We have to eke out an existence,” he says.
But he concedes the infrastructure is in bad shape: “It’s obvious to anyone driving on the roads how poorly they are maintained. We have an ancient sewer system that tends to break down when it rains. It’s rare when it rains, but when it does, it’s often a huge disaster.”