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— There are more than 40 community planning groups in the city's various neighborhoods. Many are infrastructure-conscious. "But sometimes the developers come in and run rampant over the process," says Frye. "It is always more difficult for the community than the developers, who have attorneys, experts, lobbyists." Otay Mesa planning has been taken over by developers. After an expensive fight, developers essentially got control of the Point Loma community planning group, once controlled by activists.

Throughout local government, "The developers have the time and money to get their way," says Bainbridge.

According to some, one of the biggest roadblocks to better infrastructure is San Diego's attitude toward taxes. "[Mayor Jerry] Sanders says he will not raise taxes," says Mills. "That is disingenuous. There is no way to get out of this economic bind without raising taxes."

Agrees Erie, "We want the services and infrastructure but don't want to pay for them."

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