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San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders says he's a big fan of privatization of vital city services, but so far hasn't done that much about it. Now comes a report that suggests expanding the concept to Balboa Park and perhaps raising taxes to boot. A lot of it sounds like a non-starter to many old time observers of what does and doesn't get done at city hall:

"Finally, there is a role for the private sector to provide services that are not central to the core mission of the Park, increasing the overall resources available for investment in new and improved facilities and providing for adequate maintenance. Although daunting, the Park’s financial condition is not unsolvable. Hard times call for hard choices but a sufficient number of options exist to develop a workable financing plan.

You can obtain a copy of the report here and read it yourself.

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Anonymous Jan. 31, 2008 @ 6:35 p.m.

No privatization. San Diego is not New York City. Why was Balboa Park supported by this city when the population was a quarter or half of what it is now? Let the city quit subsidzing tourism and sports and let those for-profit businesses support themselves. Let the city do its job and take care of these municipal resources.

All we need is a Balboa Park with fees for everything and advertsing and crap all over the place. It would turn into something closer to Coney Island.


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