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Alvarez, Faulconer To Face Off In First Of Six Mayoral Debates

Before interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria addresses San Diego with his State of the City, the two city councilmen hoping to replace him will face off in the first of six mayoral debates Wednesday afternoon.

Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer take the stage in the KPBS/10News-hosted debate beginning at 1 p.m. Viewers can watch live online or on KPBS TV at 5 and 6:30 p.m. It will also be replayed on Thursday's KPBS Midday Edition.

The debate will focus on open government and transparency.

The candidates will also be answering user-submitted questions. Their responses will be posted on

Coming in to the debate, the latest poll by 10News/U-T San Diego shows Faulconer ahead of Alvarez.

The two men were the top vote-getters in the Nov. 19 primary election, after Alvarez pushed past ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher in a surprise late-campaign sprint.

Alvarez and Faulconer are competing to fill the remaining term of former mayor Bob Filner, who resigned last summer amid multiple allegations of unwanted sexual advances.

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progressivebuthey | January 15, 2014 at 8:04 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

I've heard alvarez at city council meetings and while he tries to do the right thing, he's intellectually weak and not a strong leader. he's too young and inexperienced in leadership qualities.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

According to the UT and 10 news polls, the debate even matter because Faulconer, a Republican, had a monumentally commanding lead amongst voters in San Diego, a Democratic city.

I guess Faulconer is our own little Chris Christie, eh ? Such sweeping popularity even though he's in the minority party in our city.

According to the pro-Faulconer Republican newspaper the 'UT' and the pro-Faulconer Republican television news station "channel 10" who did an "impartial" poll, Faulconer has surged ahead dramatically and Alvarez has plummeted dramatically in the last month despite major happenings in either campaign.

KPBS chose to report on Manchester's "impartial" poll and present it as valid even knowing Manchester's documented history of using his influence to disingenuously try and away elections in favor of Republican candidates.

Since KPBS chose to run the UT's poll numbers that included NO explanation whatsoever for a dramatic shift that occurred for seemingly no reason, I am keepin my faith in the integrity of KPBS and assuming you are looking into what exactly accounted for this monumental shift in just a month.

I'll be waiting for the article that explains this.

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JeanMarc | January 15, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Hooray Faulconer!! The next mayor of San Diego!

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 10:36 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Correction to my post above, it should read despite NO major happenings in either campaign over the last month.

Has San Diego really gone back to being Manchester's play thing ?

Let him pull every underhanded trick in the book and just roll over and take it like his little lapdog ?

I'll be extraordinarily disappointed in this city if we go backwards and elect Mancheater (via puppet Faulconer) Mayor.

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JeanMarc | January 15, 2014 at 12:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

To be honest I don't care how Faulconer wins, I just want him to win because it will be better for the city.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 1:25 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Better for the city how ?

Papa Mancheaters phony polls and jaundiced journalism masterminded to elect lapdog Faulconer doesn't come for free.

Mancheater will expect a heavy price.

He will be the man running the city behind the curtain.

It will be our own little rendition of New Jersey politics.

Republicans willing to do anything, and I mean anything, to ensure they win in a key Democratic area.

SD is key because we are the only one of the top ten largest cities in the country that has a chance of having a Republican mayor.

Mancheater operates just like the thugs in dirty New Jersey politics.

We've seen I with his unprofessional retaliation and partisan coverage in that Pravda crap he owns.

New Jersey has 'bridgegate' and San Diego has 'Newspapergate'.

The only problem is NJ has a vibrant watchdog media, but SD has a lapdog media that wags its take in submission to Mancheater.

We've seen that this week as Mancheater puts out suspicious polls and the local media, including KPBS unfortunately, just publishes it WIHOUT question.

No explanation of why the huge gift despite the fact nothing's been happening, no comparing the methodologies that were used a month ago with the ones now.

Donna frye even pointed out on the noon-time program that Mancheater releases similar polls whilst trying to elect his boy DeMaio, and those turned out to be completely off.

Maybe KPBS could do their own poll instead of relying on a notoriously unreliable an biased one ??

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CaliforniaDefender | January 15, 2014 at 2:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago


You always speak against Faulconer because he is supported by business. But you fail to mention Alvarez is supported by unions which is just as bad.

Not only that but the top 3 donations in this entire race are all for Alvarez from out of town groups.

1. $250,000 from American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees of Washington, DC

2. $200,000 from Service Employees International Union of Sacramento, CA

3. $200,000 from California State Council of Service Employees of Sacramento, CA

Faulconer's top donor is The Lincoln Club of San Diego County for just $51,000.

So who is beholden the most to out of town money? Alvarez.

That is why Faulconer is the better choice for San Diego. If he is beholden to anything at least it is San Diego money.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 4:20 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago


You really want Manchester to have a blank check to our city ?

That's what will happen with a Faulconer mayor.

Mancheater has defiled our largest media outlet and used it to pimp his propaganda for him and his development buddies, including that ridiculous idea of shoving a football field for the Chargers right next to Petco Park.

With Faulconer as mayor, Mancheater and other big development tycoons will be able to shove their big developments through city hall at the peril of our neighborhoods.

I don't know why you are faulting Alvarez for supporting the rights of workers. I know the word "union" has become a dog whistle for conservatives but let's keep in mind there are not just the big labor unions who usually vote democrat, there are also big police and prison unions who tend to vote more conservative.

SD has been beholden to the big developer crowd for so long, and look at where it's taken us - becoming Enron by the Sea.

Alvarez is not anti-business, he is anti-corrupt business. Something we need more of in this town.

When Wal-mart storms into town wanting to plague local neighborhoods with their grotesque Chinese super-junk shops that exploit workers, who do you think is more likely to stand up to them - someone like Alvarez who fights for worker's rights and neighborhood integrity or someone like Faulconer who will give big developers free reign to do as they wish regardless of the impact on our communities ??

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CaliforniaDefender | January 15, 2014 at 4:55 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Really Duck? You think Alvarez would stand up to Walmart? Puhleeeese!

Walmart is very pleased with Alvarez's support:

"Walmart values the opportunity we have had to work with Councilmember David Alvarez on the South San Diego and Neighborhood Market stores in his district and appreciates the help he has given us in working with the community to create jobs and increase access to fresh, affordable food."

Remember the anti-Walmart big box ordinance that was passed by the City Council in 2010? Alvarez was curiously ABSENT during the vote.

Then when Walmart launched a referendum drive to repeal the ordinance, the City Council backed down with the now PRESENT David Alvarez who voted to kill the anti-Walmart ordinance.

You're blind to the truth Duck. Just do a little research. please!

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 5:08 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago


I remember the city council fighting that ordinace. They tried and in the end Wal-Marts bullying won, but at least they tried.

When has Faulconer stood up against Wal-Mart, or any big business for that matter.

You didn't cite where that quote form Wal-Mart came from, I imagine it was form an article where Wal-Mart officials were trying to say something positive because he had influence and they wanted their grotesque airplane hangar of chinese-made crapola to be erected.

But here, I'll quote something AND cite it - Has Alvarez received campaign contributions from Wal-Mart? Because Faulconer has:

San Diego Reader, November 29-2013:
"Another big dollop of Walmart money for Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer and his bid to become San Diego mayor has just arrived in the campaign coffers of the local GOP.

#As previously reported, during the fall primary campaign, the Bentonville, Arkansas, retail giant gave $50,000 on October 17 to the state Republican party, which by then had already spent $172,879 on Faulconer's cause.

#A day later, on October 18, Walmart kicked in $10,000 to the GOP Lincoln Club, which launched a devastating blitz of hit pieces against Nathan Fletcher — the former Republican assemblyman–turned-Democrat backed by Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs — who ended up third in the race."

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 5:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Reader article, 29-Nov cont.

Yesterday the retail giant came through with $10,000 for the San Diego County Republican Party, according to a disclosure filing made with the California secretary of state.

#Walmart has long been a major money player in San Diego municipal politics; earlier this year, the company gave $10,000 to the Lincoln Club's unsuccessful campaign to elect Democrat Dwayne Crenshaw to the city council. He lost to fellow Democrat Myrtle Cole.

#The company is friendly with Republican kingpin and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester, whose paper has editorially favored the expansion of the chain here in the face of resistance from labor unions — backing Democratic city councilman David Alvarez in the run-off for mayor — and some neighborhood planning groups.

#In addition to carrying upbeat stories about new Walmart stores, the U-T publisher also sold the company a liquor license for its grocery operation for $65,000.

#Manchester was also a heavy financial backer of the Lincoln Club's anti-Fletcher hit piece campaign and joined Walmart in sending contributions to the local GOP's federal campaign committee, which were subsequently routed to the local party's state committee and from there to the city-council campaigns of Republicans Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 5:13 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

So basically the Manchester-Faulconer smear brigade purposefully ruined Fletcher because they thought Alvarez would be the weaker candidate.

I say thank you for that because I like Alvarez way better than Fletcher.

Hopefully this little scheme by Mancher-Faulconer will blow up in their faces and Alvarez will be our next mayor !!!!!!!

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 15, 2014 at 5:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago


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CaliforniaDefender | January 15, 2014 at 6:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Here you go Duck:

I wish you could understand that the Democratic Party is just as corrupt as the Republican Party.

All San Diego wants is a little stability and Alvarez can't provide that. He doesn't even want stability. He wants to promote the north of the 8/south of the 8 divide.

I refuse to buy into that petty neighborhood mentality. It is time for healing and stability, not more class warfare.

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