Dorian Hargrove 12:47 p.m., May 19
DeMaio Accuses Fletcher of Lifting Ideas
"Fixing San Diego requires a mayor who will outline bold and fresh ideas and who can build consensus to implement those ideas," said mayoral candidate, councilmember Carl DeMaio. "Even my mayoral opponents cannot resist the common sense reforms I have outlined in my detailed plans and I appreciate their support."
That was the statement from DeMaio's campaign, days after fellow candidate Nathan Fletcher outlined his plans to streamline the City's permitting process in an editorial which appeared in the San Diego Business Journal.
In the piece, Fletcher said that he would like to make the process more friendly for wannabe business owners, and those wishing to obtain special events permits, by allowing them to apply online.
"The permitting system is outdated, confusing, inefficient, duplicative, and costly," wrote Fletcher. "It discourages business from starting and growing in the city, confounds homeowners undertaking even the most minor projects, and discourages large events from occurring in the city."
The DeMaio camp, however, says Fletcher is basically borrowing those ideas from DeMaio's "Pathway to Prosperity" initiative.
"Assemblyman Fletcher’s reference to fresh eyes and new ideas must be a veiled compliment to the work Carl has done on this issue over the past two years — after all, imitation is the ultimate form of flattery," read the recent press release from DeMaio's camp. "We look forward to seeing future policy positions by Mr. Fletcher and recommend he review additional initiatives from Carl for continuing inspiration.”