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In his 2008-2009 budget, Governor Schwarzenegger proposes to cut lifeguard service in five San Diego County locations, the Silver Strand, Carlsbad, South Carlsbad, San Elijo, and Cardiff state beaches. He also proposes to close 48 state park, historic, and recreation facilities, including the Salton Sea recreation area. Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation, says the elimination of lifeguards is "a dangerous proposal." Of the governor's overall effort, she says, "Never before have so many parks, and such a diversity of state parks, state historic parks, state recreation areas, and state beaches been placed on the chopping block." The group promises a fight.

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2008 @ 6:15 p.m.

Maybe, maybe, just for once, the mindless dogma of the Republican Party--no new taxes--can be put to the test: Let the state GOP come up with the requisite 10 percent in needed cuts to balance the state budget through identifying "fat" in the budget. Let's see if the GOP can do that without irritating any of its interest groups.

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Don Bauder Jan. 10, 2008 @ 10:01 p.m.

The state should be find major cuts in corporate welfare, just as the City of San Diego could cut the giveaways to billionaires. But it won't happen on either level. Best, Don Bauder

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JF Jan. 11, 2008 @ 7:47 a.m.

That's kind of the problem, isn't it, Don. Politically, cuts can't be made to the big cats, so they fall on the working class.

Maybe you should do an investigative report on the amount of business taxes paid by companies in SD as compared to other large CA cities. A Center for Policy Initiative report clearly showed the disparity in business license fees (http://shorterlink.com/?K5TP2X). They claim that if SD business paid the average of the ten largest cities in CA, an additional $60 million would be generated. I'd be interested in your independent analysis of that situation.

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Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 7:59 a.m.

Response to post #3: That would be consistent with everything we know about San Diego. The center is doing some good research. I will look into that study. I've heard about it. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas Jan. 14, 2008 @ 8:25 a.m.

JF never saw a tax he did not like- because he will be a direct beneficiary of it.

Here is a idea-why not CUT salaries and benefits 10% across the board for every governement employee in the state-you have not seen that idea floated around have you?????

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2008 @ 10:32 a.m.

Response to post #5: Just try to accomplish something like that. Look what happened to Aguirre when he tried to eliminate benefits that were granted illegally. He was up against a judge who will receive government benefits. In San Diego, he was also up against mainstream media that take every opportunity to smear him. That's what would happen to anybody trying what you speak of. Best, Don Bauder

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JF Jan. 14, 2008 @ 4:46 p.m.

Johnny, Johnny, Johnny... as I've said in many other forums, I'll gladly give up any pay raise I might get next year if the Mayor funds just half of the fire equipment that the studies say we need. For a time this morning about a third of the FD was tied up on two different fires. Why is it that when firefighting professionals make recommendations for increased fire protection, you immediately jump up and down and scream that we're being self serving? How am I being self serving by fighting to get a better FD for the citizens?

Extrapolating out from current budget levels, the FD would need about $90 million extra to reach the size that is needed. That's more than the entire Park and Rec budget. You're simply not going to gain that by making pay cuts. New revenue sources are needed.

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2008 @ 5:51 p.m.

Response to post #7: The question is not pay of firefighters. The question is the City and County having a long term plan for a county that happens to be situated in a fire-prone area. The question is also having adequate equipment. Best, Don Bauder

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