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Burdick Wins a Seat On the Port Commission

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Aired 6/9/09

San Diego City Council voted to appoint attorney Lee Burdick to the seat on the Port Commission vacated by Laurie Black. The 5-to-3 vote came after a two-and-a-half hour public hearing

San Diego City Council voted to appoint attorney Lee Burdick to the seat on the Port Commission vacated by Laurie Black. The 5-to-3 vote came after a two-and-a-half hour public hearing.

Burdick was nominated by Council President Ben Hueso, and represented a kind of “middle way” between nominees Bill Evans and Diane Takvorian. Evans is a businessman who advocated for more good jobs. Takvorian, who had overwhelming public support at the meeting, has a long record of environmental victories and labor advocacy.

But Burdick has a less predictable approach to new developments on the bay, and whether the projects should guarantee jobs for union workers.

“I’d like to address an issue I know is on the minds of several councilmembers,” she said. “I am not against project labor agreements as a whole. I think it’s important that the candidate who is selected by you to serve has an open mind.”

Burdick will have a vote on pending projects like the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, the Navy Broadway Complex, the new Broadway Pier and Chula Vista’s bay front.

She previously ran unsuccessfully for San Diego city attorney along with former city council president, Scott Peters. Peters was already appointed to the Port Commission by his peers on the council before he left office.

Burdick will be the only woman on the seven member board, which has representatives from five cities and manages San Diego Bay for the public trust.

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