Mayor promotes San Diego to national media

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NEW YORK CITY — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke live from New York City on CNBC’s “Squawkbox” early Tuesday morning, promoting San Diego as one of America’s top cities in which to do business.

He gave an interview with a panel on the show that features analysis of and breaking news from the financial markets. It was one of several interviews the mayor will give on Tuesday to promote San Diego and draw innovation and business to the city.  The interview focused on San Diego’s ports, mandatory vaccinations for children, and cross-border relations.

Mayor Faulconer’s discussion of San Diego ports comes on the same day port commissioners will hear proposals for a new attraction on the bay. The discussion focused largely on salary negotiations for port workers.

“We have to get around the table and have real conversations,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We need to come to a resolution and have a fair contract soon.”

Mayor Faulconer also took a stance on personal exemptions from vaccinations, an issue some believe should be relegated to state or federal courts. In the interview, the mayor said he believes a law should exist requiring children be vaccinated, saying “not only as a mayor but as a father, it’s critically important that we are vaccinating our kids, and that’s the bottom line.”

The interview then turned to US relations with Mexico. The mayor noted San Diego has “signed one of the first memorandums of understanding between the two cities”, also discussing economic development, water quality, environment, and transportation. “It’s a huge benefit to San Diego to have the relationship we have with Mexico,” he said.

The mayor touched briefly on keeping the Chargers in San Diego, saying “We are spending a lot of time keeping the Chargers right where they belong in San Diego.”

He will also appear on the Wall Street Journal Live “Lunch Break” and Bloomberg News on Tuesday morning.

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