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Top 4 San Diego Mayoral Candidates Gear Up For First Debate Together

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The first mayoral debate featuring all four of the top candidates is scheduled for Tuesday, with an important endorsement possibly riding on the outcome.

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Special Feature What Questions Should We Ask During Our Mayoral Debate?

On Monday, Oct. 14, KPBS will host a debate with the four top mayoral candidates in a recent poll of likely voters: Mike Aguirre, David Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher and Kevin Faulconer. Please submit your questions for the candidates, and we may use them during the debate.

The forum, which will focus on law enforcement issues, will be hosted by the San Diego Police Officers Association, Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County, San Diego County Deputy District Attorneys Association, and the San Diego County Probation Officers Association.

The candidates -- former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, and ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher -- are among 10 who want to finish the term of Bob Filner, who resigned Aug. 30 after less than nine months on the job.

The hopefuls are also vying for the Probation Officers Association's endorsement for the Nov. 19 special election. Fletcher captured the organization's support last year.

On Monday, Fletcher released a plan to address the San Diego Police Department's chronic staffing problems. According to the most recent report, the SDPD has 135 fewer sworn officers than called for in the budget. Officers have been leaving to the tune of around 10 a month for several years to nearby law enforcement agencies that offer higher take-home pay.

Fletcher's plan calls for increasing the amount of officers' paychecks by lowering out-of-pocket costs for health care; supporting a mentoring program to increase the rate in which recruits pass the police academy; training officers to act as recruiters and provide bonuses for successful referrals; creating a joint training facility with other agencies; reestablishing community storefronts that allow officers to interact with the public; and setting reliability standards so that officer safety or investigations are not threatened by technology blackouts or equipment failures.

Also on Monday, Bruce Coons announced he is dropping out of the race and throwing his support to Alvarez. Coons is the executive director of a preservationist group called the Save Our Heritage Organisation.

If no candidate wins more than half the vote in the special election, a runoff between the top two vote-getters would be held early next year.

Comments

Avatar for user 'kenneth0rr'

kenneth0rr | October 14, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Kevin Faulconer is currently my councilperson, and his office has a history of not responding to his constituents in the East Village much less addressing our concerns. Do we want Kevin ignoring all of San Diego as Mayor? I vote NO!

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | October 14, 2013 at 1:21 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Kenneth,

Who do you think will pay attention to San Diego? Filner and the Democratic Party elite certainly didn't and we can't go through another disaster like that.

Alvarez is being bankrolled by Sacramento and Washington DC unions. Guess who he will be beholden to if elected. Certainly not San Diegans.

Fletcher is unreliable and will blow whatever direction the wind takes him, but for now he is being funded by his boss at Qualcomm. Do you want City Hall to be renamed Qualcomm Hall and everything else in the city?

Mike Aguirre doesn't seem to be backed by any special interest which is great. But the Democrat/Republican party elites wont back him, so what chance does he have?

Faulconer is backed by the SD Chamber of Commerce, BIA, restaurants, and hotels. Not so great, but at least there is some local interest there.

If you ask me, Aguirre would be best for San Diego, but if he doesn't make it to the runoff, the next best choice is Faulconer.

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