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Councilmember Carl DeMaio wants to send the city's auditor's recommendation of requiring cat owners to register their cats "to to the litter box.”

“This proposal, which will impact every San Diegan who owns a cat, is driven not by a legitimate need. It is nothing more than an intrusive regulation requiring the creation of an unnecessary bureaucracy, all to simply generate revenue for the city in the middle of a budget crisis," stated DeMaio in a July 11 press release.

A performance audit determined that the City could raise up to $500,000 if just 5 percent of the City's cat owners each paid $25 to register their cat.

During a meeting of the audit committee, DeMaio pounced on the recommendation. "When you really peel back the logic the only sense this makes is monetary...You are trying to get money. If that's what we want to do then let's put that down as the justification."

The committee later accepted the audit while stating concerns about the cat registration requirement. The requirement will be reviewed when the contract is up for renewal.

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SurfPuppy619 July 11, 2011 @ 1:47 p.m.

"This proposal, which will impact every San Diegan who owns a cat, is driven not by a legitimate need. It is nothing more than an intrusive regulation requiring the creation of an unnecessary bureaucracy, all to simply generate revenue for the city in the middle of a budget crisis," stated DeMaio in a July 11 press release. When you really peel back the logic the only sense this makes is monetary...You are trying to get money. If that's what we want to do then let's put that down as the justification."

============ Demaio is the only person in gov who has a working brain.

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Radical Uterus July 11, 2011 @ 2:42 p.m.

That's the smartest thing I've heard him say.

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SurfPuppy619 July 12, 2011 @ 2:34 p.m.

The cats could get microchipped at the same time.

Micro chipping is easy, no deed to force registration. Both are tottaly exlcusive of each other.

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MURPHYJUNK July 12, 2011 @ 7:47 a.m.

probably break even with the cost to run and over see the programme

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Radical Uterus July 12, 2011 @ 10:50 a.m.

That makes sense. Create a new bureaucracy to collect money for the old bureaucracy that is still paying for the fifty bureaucracies that came before that. Yeah, lets give these tools more money to waste.

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SurfPuppy619 July 12, 2011 @ 2:35 p.m.

probably break even with the cost to run and over see the programme

========= No, with public employe pensions it will lose money-and LOSE BIG.

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MsGrant July 12, 2011 @ 8:14 a.m.

I just read this in the paper. I'm sorry, but most vaccines are not necessary, and to put your cat through this annually to raise money makes the hair on my neck stand up. What are they going to do - hire cat police? This would most definitely wind up costing more money that it would generate. I also sense fines and penalties as a motivating factor. Last I heard, there were no news stories about someone being mauled by a rabid cat. Responsible cat owners take the advice of their vets and inoculate accordingly.

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