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Last week, before city councilmembers adopted the Small and Neighborhood Business Ordinance, a law that makes it more difficult for big-box retailers to open stores in San Diego, several citizens, including city councilmember Sherri Lightner, expressed concerns that the public had not been given enough time to review the proposed ordinance.

At that meeting, Todd Gloria, the author of the ordinance, said that the public had five months to debate the issue and give their input. Gloria reassured his colleagues and the audience that his office informed residents and community-planning groups.

This week, at the November 10 meeting of the Land Use and Housing Committee, John Ziebarth, a member of San Diego's Technical Advisory Committee, appeared before the committee to rebuke Gloria, stating the public had weeks not months to review the big-box ordinance.

"The public vetting process has been circumvented. I spent over 2500 hours over the past eight years... Am I wasting my time in the public vetting process?" Asked the local architect.

"Three months was spent by the city attorney. Four months was spent by the [Independent Budget Analyst]," said Ziebarth. "The Community Planning Committee had one week. The planning commission had one week."

As for Gloria's claim that Ziebarth and the Technical Advisory Committee had reviewed the proposal, Ziebarth said that the committee was not issued any background information. He also said that no one from the City or from Gloria's office attended the advisory committee meetings.

"We called those [meetings]," Ziebarth told Gloria. "We specifically asked for information. It was not provided. No one supported this. If people are begging to be involved, why aren't we doing it?"

Neither councilmember Gloria nor his colleagues responded.

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David Dodd Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:59 a.m.

I would like to thank the City Counsel for saving San Diego from hundreds of needless additional jobs, millions in unnecessary tax revenues, and undeserved low-priced food sources. Thank you, City Counsel of San Diego, for saving the citizens of America's Finest City from something that is obviously not good in this robust economic climate. Thank you very much you short-sighted idiots. Don't choke on your bloated pensions.

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Founder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 6:01 p.m.

Walmart is THE big pocket...

Todd G. would be $MART to remember what they said in Star Wars:

Your weapons ($) are In $ignificant when compared to power of the Force (BIG $)...

Koooooooooossssssshhhhhh

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VictoriousSpirit Nov. 21, 2010 @ 12:25 a.m.

San Diego Councilmembers Tony Young,Todd Gloria,and other council members who are being influenced by the Unions. As we all know all to well that these so called councilmembers/politicians, have and are receiving financial support for their campaigns. The BIG Unions are so mad that free enterprize (Yes, FREE enterprizes), like Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam'sclubs, Target and other businesses that are selling groceries to us. Hard working people who need all the price breaks we can find to feed our families. And these money grubbing councilmembers want to put into law that targets these retailers. Do you know how many senior citizens and low income families get their prescriptions from companies like Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, etc. These councilmembers don't have to worry about money. How dare they tell us where we can and cannot shop. These Union supporting money grubbing councilmembers would so like to see our great state of California, and the rest of the country turn into communistic countries, where they tell you where you can shop and how much you can buy. READ my lips Mr. & Mrs. Councilmembers. This is America. The FREE. We the people will fight this. And you will NOT PASS this measure. Please join me and other hardworking Americans at the next City Council Hearing on Thursday, December 2, at 10:00am. Hope to see you there. VictoriousSpirit

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VictoriousSpirit Nov. 21, 2010 @ 12:26 a.m.

San Diego Councilmembers Tony Young, Todd Gloria, and other councilmembers who are being influenced by the Unions. As we all know all to well that these so called councilmembers/politicians, have and are receiving financial support for their campaigns. The BIG Unions are so mad that free enterprize (Yes, FREE enterprizes), like Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam's clubs, Target and other businesses that are selling groceries to us. Hard working people who need all the price breaks we can find to feed our families. And these money grubbing councilmembers want to put into law that targets these retailers. Do you know how many senior citizens and low income families get their prescriptions from companies like Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, etc. These councilmembers don't have to worry about money. How dare they tell us where we can and cannot shop. These Union supporting money grubbing councilmembers would so like to see our great state of California, and the rest of the country turn into communistic countries, where they tell you where you can shop and how much you can buy. READ my lips Mr. & Mrs. Councilmembers. This is America. The FREE. We the people will fight this. And you will NOT PASS this measure. Please join me and other hardworking Americans at the next City Council Hearing on Thursday, December 2, at 10:00am. Hope to see you there. VictoriousSpirit

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Founder Nov. 21, 2010 @ 8:03 a.m.

VictoriousSpirit, I'd like to believe that you are for real, that you are expressing your personal opinion but since you just joined and added not one but two identical posts makes me think that you are a Phobogger*!

If I'm wrong, please tell us what neighborhood you live in and how long you've been in SD, because we all need more readers comments but what we don't need is more $PIN; we have too much of that in SD now!

  • From Urban Dictionary: Phobogger: A Phony Blogger, someone that is getting paid and or promoting Spin to disrupt a blog discussion.
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