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State Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher released a jobs plan for San Diego Thursday after outlining the main points during a mayoral forum Tuesday.

The plan has seven areas of focus, including consolidating the city's economic development functions into one department; offering expedited, time-certain permitting based on how many jobs a business or project will hire and the environmental standards they are meeting; and building and maintaining the defense, tourism and technology industries.

Over the past two months, San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has presented and updated his "Pathway to Prosperity" jobs plan, which also includes speeding up permit processing and building the tourism and clean tech industries. The other two mayoral candidates, Districy Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Congressman Bob Filner, have not released official jobs plans.

"I am running for mayor because I believe San Diego expects its leaders to take on big problems, bring people together to find solutions, and then get them done," Fletcher said in a statement. "I want to be a mayor who says ‘my job is job creation,’ a mayor who brings together the private sector, public sector, city, state and federal leaders to find ways to put San Diegans back to work.”

Fletcher said his plan would achieve specific results, including creating 130,000 new jobs by 2020. He said it would also increase the number of patents generated in the San Diego region by 33 percent by 2020; increase the amount of venture capital San Diego receives by 33 percent by 2020; increase exports from the San Diego region by 33 percent by 2020; and increase the median household income by 33 percent by 2020.

The full text of Fletcher's jobs plan can be read here.

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