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Steven G. Rowles, District 1

Name: Steven G. Rowles

Business: The law firm of Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Address: 12531 High Bluff Drive, 92131

Employees: 161

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Steve Rowles, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Carmel Valley office, thinks that San Diego should grow up.

“San Diego and its government have too long perpetuated a small-town mentality where it’s more important who you know than what you know,” he said. “This needs to change quickly or we will all continue to suffer for it.”

When it comes to solving the city’s myriad financial problems and tending to its decaying infrastructure, Rowles said, “Everything must be on the table , rollbacks, or legal challenges to benefits, bankruptcy, new taxes and significant change in leadership positions.”

Rowles also would like to see a more balanced approach to development.

“San Diego businesses must be able to develop facilities and infrastructure to suit their needs,” he said. “One-half of the politicos appear to be ardently anti-growth, anti-business NIMBYs (Not in My Back Yard), intent on being obstructionist and levying the highest possible cost on developers and businesses. This approach erodes our long-term tax base for short-term fees and ignores the reality of the situation , the remainder of San Diego will inevitably be developed.”

On the other side, he said, “other politicians appear to be in the pocket of residential developers.”

“They appear to me to have a mission of facilitating Southern California sprawl without appropriate infrastructure,” Rowles added.

San Diego also needs to work on its image to the outside world.

“Despite our moniker as America’s Finest City, those in the Bay Area and Los Angeles look down upon San Diego as second-rate, sometimes with good reason,” said Rowles.

For instance, he wants the city to “cut a sensible deal with the Chargers, with all the attendant benefits of a Super Bowl destination.”

“I also believe it is vital to continue to build our business community, with emphasis on our technology and life sciences communities,” he said. “Currently, it is expensive, overly time-consuming and frustrating to do business with the city.”

, Pat Broderick

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