Not everyone who lives in San Diego thinks San Diego needs to protect SeaWorld. Linda Perine, of the Democratic Womans Club, wades into the fray with facts, links, and a fierce attitude:
Being very well connected and making a lot of contributions to politicians allows a business a fair amount of leeway, especially in San Diego.
As Voice of San Diego pointed out in one of its somewhat boosterish articles Sea World By the Numbers Sea World employs up to 4,500 people, albeit many are temporary positions and minimum wage.
As was mentioned before, Sea World pays a percentage of its income as rent on a lease to the City that some view as extraordinarily favorable to Sea World. While putting $14 million into the public coffers may be an attention getter, it is nowhere near what it ought to be.
Sea World is deeply imbedded in the San Diego conservative hierarchy. It is a heavy contributor to the PACs of the Lincoln Club,the California Restaurant Association’s local chapter and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Sea World has a presence on the board of many local organizations like San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Equinox, San Diego Tourism Authority, the Chamber and many others.
Yes, that is the same Lincoln Club, Taxpayers Association, Chamber and Mayor who oppose increasing the minimum wage so that the workers at Sea World can afford to feed their kids. So, no, they are not going to get all misty eyed over some “black fish”.
In the interconnected world of Who Runs San Diego it is the mutual back scratching benefit of interlocking boards and contributions to politicians that allows our Mayor and City Council to be so unquestioning in their support of this morally and fiscally compromised corporation.
Sea World is imbedded. It’s a player. As its Prez said – they make no apologies. And we are to be grateful?
If you like the attitude, read the rest of Perine’s takedown. There is plenty more.