Block to hold hearing on potential San Diego job losses due to federal budget woes; cuts to begin in January

September 26, 2012

$500 billion in federal defense cuts slated over 10 years

SAN DIEGO—Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) will conduct a hearing on Oct. 1 about the impending $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts and the impact of those reductions on the San Diego region. The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive in San Diego. It is open to the public.

Block, chair of the Assembly Select Committee on San Diego Trade, Tourism and Job Creation, successfully authored a joint resolution, AJR 46, urging Congress to craft a spending plan that avoids across-the-board, non-prioritized federal cutbacks.

Block said the Oct. 1 hearing is one step to begin gathering information and ideas from local government and business leaders to prepare for dealing with and mitigating potential job losses and other issues arising from sequestration. “We will continue to urge the federal government to act strategically, but it’s also critical that we are prepared come Jan. 1 if the worst scenario becomes reality. Forewarned is forearmed,” Block said.

Witnesses will speak to the following topics during the hearing:

  • Mitigating the Impact of Sequestration on the San Diego Region,
  • Local Government Response,
  • Collateral Damage – The Impact of Cuts on School Districts and
  • The Impact on the Defense Industry

Confirmed as participants are Assemblymembers Toni Atkins (AD-76) and Ben Hueso (AD-79), San Diego City Councilmembers Sherri S. Lightner and Todd Gloria; Jim Lasswell, President and CEO of INDUS Technology, Sean Barr, Vice-President, Economic Development of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.; Paul Webster, Vice-President, Public Policy, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Bernie Rhinerson, Chief of Staff, San Diego Unified School District.

CONTACT: Maria L. Lopez, 916-319-2775