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25,000 reasons San Diego Republicans love Walmart

January 7, 2011 - 6:07 pm

If you’ve been watching the debate over big box stores in San Diego over the last few months—the City of San Diego ordinance to ban the real big ones and the petition drive to repeal the ban—you may well wonder why the San Republican Party of San Diego County was carrying Walmart’s water. Could it be because they’re pro-business? Because they believe consumers should be able to purchases products from whatever purveyors they pick? Because, as county chairman Tony Krvaric told us, they have the “lowest prices on just about everything,” etc?

Yeah, it could’ve been all those things.

But the $25,000 that Walmart’s political committee, San Diego Consumers for Choice, tossed their way couldn’t have hurt.

“With nearly 33,000 signatures needed for a special election, the filing of more than 53,000 signatures of registered voters sends a strong message to the City Council that San Diegans disapprove of this ordinance that bans large retail stores from the area,” said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party in San Diego, in a statement. “Consumers are perfectly capable of deciding on their own where to shop and do not want politicians or special interests to make those choices for them.”
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  1. Amanda permalink
    January 10, 2011 - 7:54 am 7:54 am

    Just read on SignOnSanDiego that Mr. DeMaio, our would-be mayor, thinks that it’s unfair for people who get parking tickets to actually pay the state-imposed surcharges on them, and that the city should continue to subsidize them. Is that what passes for fiscal responsibility these days? Ugh!

    The money quote:

    The vote to impose the surcharge on motorists was 7-1, with Councilman Carl DeMaio dissenting.

    “Look, this is a city government that is using every excuse in the book to get more money out of San Diegans when, instead, they should be focusing on the spending.” DeMaio said. “They need to focus on pension reform, competitive bidding and other efficiency reforms. That should be our focus, not trying to come up with every flimsy excuse to raise a fee here and there.”

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