Woman's World Shops leaves El Cajon

Unfriendly to fatties?

San Diego may have lost much of its aerospace industry, but that's nothing compared to the gaping hole El Cajon is about to face. Woman's World Shops - makers of extra-large clothing for the extra-big woman - is moving to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Company president Tom Najour says the "restructuring," which will . result in the loss of 145 jobs here, should lead to "more streamlined and efficient" production of the jumbo garbs. But John Linehan, president of the El Cajon Chamber of Commerce, is angry. "We've lost at least 1,500 jobs in the last five years, and the question always is, when companies consolidate, why do they close the office they have here?" Linehan asks. "The answer is we just don't have a very business-friendly environment." He urges relaxed zoning restrictions and reduced fees and fines. "The city just doubled business license fees from $20 to $40, and some of the fines that have been assessed by various agencies, such as for the overuse of water and contamination, have been excessive and punitive."

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