Earlier this week, a project to improve the San Ysidro Port of Entry got a $200 million-plus boost, thanks to a new spending bill passed by Congress.
This project will create jobs, grow our economy and reduce inefficiency — which is why it has been at the top of our personal priority lists, and was rated by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and SANDAG as the most important project for our region.
We need more like it happening around the country.
Gone are the days when we could think of San Diego as its own economy, separate from our neighbors across the fence. We live in a bi-national mega-region that is increasingly diverse and sophisticated. San Diego’s economic growth will be best served if Tijuana’s economy grows as well, and vice versa.
According to a SANDAG report, Mexico is California’s largest export market, purchasing $26.3 billion worth of state exports in 2012.
SANDAG also estimates that inefficiency and hours-long wait times at the border cost our bi-national region an estimated $7.2 billion in lost economic activity and 62,000 jobs annually. That’s not the kind of economic enhancement that we can afford to be missing out on.
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An airport, a real airport, at the center of our county will 'fund' any airport and a host of other infrastructures that San Diego is missing. The Federal Gov't. will pay for "any transportation to and from surrounding cities" (BBilbray-twice while in office), including transit hubs from 18-yes, 18 cities in SD county. Perhaps our 'local' connected to this endeavor is senile & being taken advantage of? Give more high paying jobs to Mexico...is that OK with all of these government officials? We are the Only major metropolitan airport in the World to have such a dangerous airport and literally the Worst Transportation System.
What a scam.....why aren't we looking at establishing a stable revenue for our own county, instead of attempting to include a foreign country's labor force that's been sucking our own resources dry (schools, hospitals, traffic accidents, police, drugs, etc.) for decades? Why are we even letting a multi-billionare from Chicago consider transporting our Air Cargo operations, and thus, a $100 million+/yr. in stable revenues to a Foreign country? That's what the 'Crossborder Cargo Bridge' to TJ's Rodriguez Airport is planning for...get a clue, folks.
Let's be clear what this is about, it's about businesses wanting a cheap workforce, able to live in TJ at TJ cost and work in SD at wages that undercut our local SDUSD edumicated menial labor pool.
Come on people, the problem has never been getting in to Mexico, it is getting out. What a joke indeed.
As a native San Diegan with a spouse who was raised in Tijuana, I am overjoyed to finally see some movement out of the politicians on OUR side of "The Fence". 'Bout time.... When I was young, one could cross without delay. Now, it is a major undertaking just to see family, visit friends, or attend a Quinceañera. Making the trek to enjoy one of Tijuana's great restaurants is now a whole-day event.
It would serve all our Politicos well to acquaint themselves more fully with and develop better relationships with their counterparts in Mexico. Until recently, we San Diegans have not given our friends to the south the adequate respect that their DISCRETIONARY dollars spent in our economy deserve. Our two economies and cultures are something to be nurtured and promoted.
@Cindy Conger But just think of the increased revenue for our trolley!