Roundtable: Potential Balance Of Power Shift In San Diego Races
City Council Races: Districts 4 and 2
Incumbent Myrtle Cole came in a very close second in the June primary, behind fellow Democrat Monica Montgomery. It was a surprising loss to some, but maybe not to those living in District 4, where young activists and old timers say they didn't think she did enough for the community. But, while Montgomery has local support, Cole still has important friends and money. It'll be interesting to see who wins next month.
In District 2, Lorie Zapf fought and won the right to run a third time, due to redistricting. A win for her challenger, Jennifer Campbell, would mean a veto-proof majority for Democrats. With that at stake, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports the candidates in this council race have spent the most, a combined $300,000.
County Board Of Supervisors Race: Fletcher vs. Dumanis
Two candidates who are well-known to San Diegans are vying for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors. The seat has been held by the same man, Ron Roberts, since 1994. Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher says it's time for a Democrat on the all-Republican board. While former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis favors the Republican status quo.
Bishop McElroy Listening Tour
The Catholic Diocese of San Diego is holding listening sessions led by Bishop Robert McElroy, to address widespread sex abuse by priests over the last 70 years, as outlined in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania. The bishop said the purpose was to get input from parishioners on a path forward to reform. And, he got earful at the first well-attended event.
But the angry crowd wasn't solely focused on sexual abuse perpetrated by predator priests. Several people became vocal about what they called a "subculture of homosexuality" within the Vatican and the priesthood.