Editorial: San Diego charges $2,000 for sidewalk repair permits. Talk about a disincentive.

As The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday, the city is considering ramping up annual spending on sidewalk repairs from $2 million to $5 million to $9.6 million. It may also increase from $300,000 to $2.4 million the amount of annual subsidies it offers to homeowners in its 50-50 program in which the state and property owners share the cost of repairs. Because repairing sidewalks is the legal responsibility of the owners of the property that the sidewalks are in front of — not typically the city — such subsidies amount to smart incentives.