Roundtable Is Off To The Races: Trump Vs. Clinton, City Attorney, City Council, Prop. H
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Friday, June 3, 2016
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Trump Vs. Clinton
Republican Donald Trump brought his presidential campaign to California this week, appearing at a rally in San Jose.
He brought along an extended rant against U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the class-action lawsuit filed in San Diego by former Trump University students who claim they were defrauded.
The Trump storm, during which he referred to Curiel, who was born in Indiana, as a Mexican, and called his actions "a total disgrace," caused concern among legal scholars worried about the racist undertones — or overtones — of his remarks as well as his understanding of the concept of an independent judiciary.
Democrat Hillary Clinton spent her brief time in San Diego this week giving a speech on foreign policy and the disaster she foresees if Trump is elected. She spoke to a small audience of invited guests at the Prado in Balboa Park and then headed to a rally in El Centro.
Five for city attorney
San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is termed out. Five candidates want to be termed in.
All are attorneys, but only Mara Elliott has municipal law experience. Four — Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Bryan Pease and Elliott — are Democrats. No surprise that the San Diego County Democratic Party has declined to endorse anyone. Robert Hickey is a Republican and has been endorsed by the San Diego County Republican Party.
All five want to release police body camera footage to the public, but their timelines vary from immediately in all cases Pease), to “the appropriate time” (Hickey), to “at set milestones” (Cabrera). Castellanos wants to craft a policy weighing due process against transparency, and Elliott wants a publicly searchable database on instances of lethal force or misconduct.
All say there is something the city attorney can and should do to address the city’s infrastructure deficit, and four want to craft a way to regulate and tax marijuana. Pease said marijuana will be de facto legal in San Diego if he’s elected, no matter what state voters decide in November.
San Diego City Council races
Special Feature Voter Guide
Five of nine San Diego City Council seats are up for election this year. Thanks to negative mailers, unusual endorsements and counterintuitive contributions, three of the races have generated media attention in Districts 1, 3 and 9.
In District 1, a Lincoln Club mailer on behalf of Republican Ray Ellis accused Barbara Bry of supporting a downtown Chargers stadium. She doesn’t. Ellis said Bry didn’t support Proposition B (pension reform). She says she did.
Republican Bruce Lightner, whose married to the seat's Democratic incumbent, Sherri Lightner, entered the race somewhat late, adding a bit of spice. Many believe he is running because he despises Ellis, who ran against his wife four years ago and lost. Sherri Lightner is termed out..
If Ellis wins, the City Council will switch to a 5-4 Republican majority.
In District 3, there are questions over who's supporting whom and why.
Why are Mayor Kevin Faulconer and hotel developer Doug Manchester, both Republicans, supporting Anthony Bernal over Chris Ward when both candidates are Democrats? The last three holders of the seat have been from the LGBT community. Bernal is straight; Ward is gay. Is sexual orientation a prerequisite to election in District 3?
District 9 is an area of contrasts, with big differences in income, education and standards of living between Kensington and City Heights. But there is no difference in the party affiliation of the four City Council candidates. Democrats Ricardo Flores, Sarah Saez, Georgette Gomez and Araceli Martinez want more housing and better jobs — and not to be known as the establishment candidate.
Proposition H — Fix-It Strategy?
Special Feature Election News
Proposition H is either the answer to San Diego's infrastructure problems or a completely inadequate half-measure.
Created by Councilman Mark Kersey, the measure mandates $3 million to $4 billion from projected pension savings and sales-tax growth over the next 25 years. And it allocates 50 percent of projected property and hotel tax growth over the next five years toward relieving the city's infrastructure deficit. That deficit is either $1.4 billion or $5 billion, depending on which list of needs one consults.
Critics say the measure won’t raise enough money, and it would be easier and faster to find a new revenue stream. Opponents are the San Diego County Democratic Party (Chairwoman Francine Busby called it a “shell game”), the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, the Center for Policy Initiatives and the nurses association.
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