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Faulconer Continues Attack On Labor Support Of Alvarez: ‘They’re Trying To Buy This Election’

Councilman Kevin Faulconer thanks his supporters.

The San Diego mayor's race heated up Monday, with Councilman Kevin Faulconer saying unions have poured an "astounding" amount of money into supporting opponent David Alvarez, who announced a plan to ensure gender equity in the city government.

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With about two weeks remaining before the Feb. 11 election, Faulconer held a news conference to highlight the amount of funding that his opponent and council colleague has received from organized labor.

He pointed to figures published Friday by inewsource, a partnership of KPBS, the Investigative News Network and San Diego State University, that showed Alvarez has received more than $3.4 million from the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.

Alvarez has received $4.1 million total in contributions, according to inewsource, which tracks donations to the race on a daily basis.

"They're trying to buy this election," Faulconer charged.

Faulconer, who leads most polls, said the unions opposed fiscal reforms implemented by the city of San Diego over the past several years and want them rolled back should Alvarez be elected.

The city's ability to deliver services to neighborhoods would be hampered if that happened, according to Faulconer. He also said the mayor is the city's chief labor negotiator.

"San Diegans deserve a mayor that's going to be independent, that's going to stand up for them, and make sure they're fighting for their neighborhoods," he told reporters.

Alvarez campaign spokesman Stephen Heverly said Faulconer, meanwhile, has received heavy funding from business interests like the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Club of San Diego County.

According to inewssource, Faulconer has received more than $828,000 from a committee called "San Diegans to Protect Jobs & the Economy Supporting Kevin Faulconer For Mayor," and more than $378,000 from a group backed by the Lincoln Club.

While Faulconer has been hammering away at his opponent's labor support since the campaign hit high gear after the holidays, he has picked up backing from a public employee union — the San Diego Police Officers Association.

Milan Kovacevic

David Alvarez at his election night party at Bread and Salt Art Gallery and Co-op.

Regarding gender equity, Alvarez said he would maintain balance in appointments to boards and commissions, city hiring and promotions within the mayor's office; would review the gender parity of city contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities; and make daycare, after-school and summer programs that are essential to working mothers a budget priority.

"I have an unwavering record of supporting gender equality issues, but the city can do more," Alvarez said. "Ensuring we are doing our part to level the playing field for everyone working, interacting and contracting with city government is one of my top priorities."

On Saturday, Alvarez gained the backing of Planned Parenthood and women's rights activist Sandra Fluke.

A poll released Sunday showed Faulconer leading Alvarez 49 percent to 44 percent. The poll, by SurveyUSA on behalf of 10News and UT San Diego, was much closer than one released two weeks ago showing Faulconer up by 53 percent to 37 percent.

Other surveys have shown the two in a statistical tie.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | January 28, 2014 at 7:34 a.m. ― 6 months ago

seems like he has more bidders for his run than Alvarez.

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Missionaccomplished | January 28, 2014 at 8:47 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Wait, I thought PP was supposed to be independent and nonpartisan???

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philosopher3000 | January 28, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Kevin Faulconer is getting desperate. I witnessed two of his thugs driving around in pick-up trucks stealing David Alvarez signs. I caught them on video with my cell phone, and when I confronted them, they started filming me!

When the REPUBLICAN has to start stealing signs in the middle of the night, it speaks to a deep seeded insecurity and willingness to do things that are beyond any thought of the common good.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 28, 2014 at 10:26 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Great job philosopher.

I'm very disturbed by this - this doesn't appear to be some teenage pranksters out playing, this seems to be a coordinated effort by someone to steal all of David Alvarez's signs.

It's especially interesting how a second truck that matched the first one was just a phone call away and began filming you.

Please do contact the police, if they are taking yard signs they are trespassing on people's private prospect to steal.

I would also send this video to all media outlets in San Diego
and even LA and Orange Counties.

I hope KPBS investigates this further, I'm curious to see who these people work for.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 28, 2014 at 10:38 a.m. ― 6 months ago

I find it extraordinarily absurd that Mr. Faulconer is accusing someone else of trying to "buy" an election with all the money and attack as support he is consuming from the Lincoln Club.

Readers, go on the internet and research the Lincoln Club.

It's basically a central political organization that takes all the big named developers and business leaders money and combines it all into a huge arsenal of political propaganda, attack ads, and huge financial backing to get the Republican elected.

Faulconer is being a gigantic hypocrite here.

The election is being pimped out and out to bid by this group working for Faulconer, but he he accuses Mr. Alvarez's supporters of trying to buy the election.

This is truly politics at its most hypocritical and, as evidenced by what philosopher shared, it's most thuggish and immature.

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benz72 | January 28, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. ― 6 months ago

PSDS "I find it extraordinarily absurd that Mr. Faulconer is accusing someone else of trying to "buy" an election with all the money and attack as support he is consuming from the Lincoln Club."

I agree. We should assume that every politician running for office who accepts donations toward their campaign is trying to buy their election. It is just a part of the process. I suppose the only relevent issue left is not whether they are trying to purchase it, but for whom.

I wish it could be different, but do not have a workable alternate suggestion to propose.

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thompsonrichard | January 28, 2014 at 11:56 a.m. ― 6 months ago

After writing in a name in the Primary, I wasn't going to vote in the General -- but I'll role out to the Registrar of Voters later today in response to Mr. Falconer's challenge -- to vote for Mr. Alvarez!

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 28, 2014 at 1:28 p.m. ― 6 months ago

Benz it was far from perfect before, but the SCOTUS decision in Citizens United made things way worse.

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benz72 | January 28, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. ― 6 months ago

I don't see it that way. Either allow it or disallow it, but don't partially allow it for some entities in some circumstances. Make the rules clear and fair, then let the chips fall where they may.

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Eddie89 | January 29, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Both parties are trying to "buy" this election.

It basically comes down to this. One candidate is being largely supported by labor unions (which are made up of workers) and the other is getting huge support from business owners (the people the own the businesses where many of the union people work.)

If labor wins, then they feel they will get more power to be able to control their working conditions (pay, hours worked, days off, holidays, pensions, retirement, 401K, etc.) Basically things that will benefit the workers.

If business wins, then they feel that they will get more power to have more control over labor (pay, hours worked, days off, holidays, pensions, retirement, 401K, etc.) Basically things that will benefit the business owners.

From my understanding, business has been getting their way for several decades at the expense of the working class and infrastructure that is outside of the downtown San Diego area.

Things have gotten lopsided as a result and now it's time for the workers to be in power and level things out a bit.

Alvarez for the win!

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CaliforniaDefender | January 29, 2014 at 11:42 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Eddie,

Do you actually think the mayor has control over "pay, hours worked, days off, holidays, pensions, retirement, 401K, etc."?

Of course not.

Even if the mayor did have that control, those businesses would simply leave for a more business friendly city or country which leads to unemployment and poverty (see Detroit).

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CaliforniaDefender | January 29, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. ― 6 months ago

If you want San Diego to decline and resemble Detroit, vote for Alvarez.

If you want San Diego to stay as it is now, vote for Faulconer.

If you want San Diego to improve, you should have voted for a third party candidate in the primary.

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benz72 | January 30, 2014 at 3:05 p.m. ― 6 months ago

"If you want San Diego to improve, you should have voted for a third party candidate in the primary."

I can't think of a more appropriate statement.
Get beyond red/blue and Lib/Con bickering. Move towards systems where rules apply to everybody equally and reasonable people will be more able to agree on what they want and can accept instead of voting in 'their team' to stick it to 'those guys'.

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Eddie89 | January 31, 2014 at 8:46 a.m. ― 6 months ago

True. I would also prefer a viable "third party" candidate. The problem is that when one appears, the Democrat and Republican parties stop fighting each other and then join forces to destroy that third party.

For example, during the Presidential elections. The rules were setup specifically to exclude third party candidates from the debates. And without major support and major funding, a viable third party can't get off the ground. Let alone successfully elected into office.

So, we end up voting for the "lesser of two evils" type of scenario.

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benz72 | January 31, 2014 at 2:07 p.m. ― 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Yes that is a problem.
I think we could have better success with things like instant runoff voting and more government transparency.

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sdreefer21 | February 1, 2014 at 7:24 p.m. ― 5 months, 4 weeks ago

San diego will never be like Detroit. While our financial situation is less than ideal we have the economy to drive us into better times. We also have let our city council squander favors in all directions labor and business. The middle class worker is not the one reaping huge benefits anymore. The system has been changed to more level the playing field. But we continue to allow business to sweetheart deals out of our council which do not fully benefit the city and its long term profitability. We also need to start paying for trash. Its long overdue. And would generate a lot of revenue to fix infrastructure and pay down debt.

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