Posts Tagged ‘mayor’
Survey USA released a poll today on the local opinion of Bob Filner…
They show he’s underwater on approval, and by 56-37% San Diegans call his behavior “inappropriate.”
By 55-30% margin, people say Filner’s behavior could “impact city business a lot.”
Also, in case you missed it, the UT Editorial Board released a piece discussing the dysfunction that has become City Hall under the leadership of Bob Filner.
Recall time, anyone?
Well, no. Not yet. Legally and politically, it’s premature to start the effort to remove the screwball we’ve elected mayor of San Diego.
That being said, 2014 seems a reasonable year to look forward to. IF Filner continues to alienate folks with his bizarre behavior and awesome arrogance without bounds, HE will be the one making the case for his own removal.
Will his hubris override his political acumen? Frankly, I’m not convinced. Yet. But I can hope.
Bob Filner appears a little unhinged, and frankly unprofessional in a video from local news station NBC 7. He hijacks a news conference by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to make accusations of unprofessional conduct. His view of the role of the City Attorney appears entirely unbalanced. The City Attorney can’t be fired by the mayor, because he is elected directly by the public. Filner’s tactics are those of a bully or a Congressman, not used to the necessity of working with other members of the team. It seems irrational for the mayor to waste political capital on a personal and public fight with another official with whom he must work in the future. His ego is writing a check he may lack the political capital to afford.
Little doubt that education is one of today’s hottest political topics.
Candidates for mayor of America’s Finest City even managed to weave the buzz-worthy issue into their platforms.
Tomorrow, a forum promises to delve head-first into the matter and answer the one question which seems to come up time and again:
What’s the mayor got to do with education?
For more details, be sure to check out the news release below.
Mayoral Forum on Education Will Explore Role of Mayor in San Diego’s Public Schools
mwagoner, at sandiego.edu
The 2012 San Diego mayor’s race began like other love affairs – lots of hope and promise for the future. Then, the sparkle and shine of courtship faded quickly into the same old dull routine.
No more flowers. No more moonlight and love songs.
Seems I’m not the only one who noticed our romance is fading.
Even the candidates can’t muster the enthusiasm. Both Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis skipped a second, high-profile debate last week and the fall out has been notable.
I once read William Carlos Williams’ The Red Wheelbarrow over and over in an English interpretation class for three hours deciphering the deeper meaning of an 8-line poem. That pales to my enchantment with this San Diego Union-Tribune editorial on the San Diego mayoral race.
First, it begins with a self-aware candidate assessment: “The early conventional wisdom about the race for mayor of San Diego goes something like this: Nathan Fletcher is the fresh young face; Carl DeMaio is the hardline fiscal reformer; Bob Filner is the unabashed liberal; and Bonnie Dumanis is the moderate favorite of ‘the establishment.’ ”
As originally posted on The Flash Report.
A debate’s raging in San Diego. A debate over debates.
It’s a curious thing. The moment San Diego mayoral candidate Councilman Carl DeMaio turned down a Voice of San Diego hosted candidates debate, among others already accepted by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Bob Filner, suddenly he was the target of much speculation (District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is also not expected to participate).
As cross-posted on FlashReport.
Seems the young guns got it going on.
In just 25 days of the first reporting period for the 2012 San Diego mayor’s race, two young Republican candidates blew doors on the established competition with more than $300,000 cash on hand. Early predictors felt sure the mayoral primary would be a $1 million race. At this rate, we might be looking at $1.5 million.
News just weeks into San Diego mayoral race from candidate District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis really got folks talking about her race.
It wasn’t big donor dollar numbers (which we’ve yet to see), but that she had already fired her campaign manager, Republican consultant Tom Mitchell.
The rumor mill ran amok with folks saying she looked vulnerable.
Today, her camp released news that she’s poached a Mayor Jerry Sanders press aide, Kevin Klein, to take over the helm under general consultant, Jennifer Tierney.
Recently our local San Diego KPBS radio station held one of its “Roundtable” shows to discuss and analyze the nominally nonpartisan San Diego mayor’s race. Here’s the link and especially the players (then read MY analysis below the players):
KPBS Midway Edition Radio Program.
Roundtable: “Non-Partisan” Mayor’s Race Heats Up.
By Pat Finn, Gloria Penner. July 1, 2011.
Kyla Calvert, Education Reporter, KPBS News
John Warren, Editor, San Diego Voice and Viewpoint
David Rolland, Editor, San Diego CityBeat
It’s Christmas Day!
OK- maybe not Christmas, but it’s still deadline day for the much-anticipated first campaign fundraising reporting period and all eyes are on the 2012 San Diego mayoral race.
With less than a month at the old grindstone, politicos wait with breath that is baited to see who made it rain.
The “ask” ain’t easy. Most candidates say fundraising kills the entire campaigning experience for them. You give the same stump over and over again in living rooms answering the same questions trying to keep it interesting. After a while, you start to hate the sound of your own voice.
The first campaign disclosure cut off for raising money in the City of San Diego Mayor’s race is this Thursday. I could give my predictions here about what I think the candidates will raise, but then I’d have to read the whole chain of campaign partisans chanting about my bias. So, I’ll just leave it up to the readers to comment on your predictions…
Channel 10 proclaims its poll as science, without noting the methodology, and turns to a “political scientist” as an expert.
It’s all very scientific. Yet, the results are still interesting…
Councilman Carl DeMaio 22%
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis 15%
Rep. Bob Filner 14%
State Senator Christine Kehoe 12%
State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher 7%
Here ya go…
Why we support Nathan Fletcher:
We are pleased to announce our endorsement of Nathan Fletcher’s candidacy for Mayor of San Diego. As chief executives and leaders of companies, we know what it takes to run a large organization. The attributes that make the best executives are vision, courage and leadership. In business, these attributes separate the good from the great. Nathan has what it takes to do this job and be a great Mayor.
To move our City forward, our next mayor needs to be a visionary leader who isn’t tied to the gridlock and problems of the past. And our next mayor must have the courage to confront tough problems head-on, bring people together and make difficult decisions.
Knowing he will be labeled a “Career Politician“ (SD Mayor is his 15th campaign since 1979!), Bob Filner’s committee sent out an interesting fundraising e-mail pitch on Friday.
“The job of Mayor demands an outsider’s view and approach combined with an insider’s understanding of the problems and the solutions,” Filner writes in a signed letter.
Filner then asks for donations by the June 30 reporting deadline. And where to send them? C/o Filner for Mayor at an address on “S. Victory Bl., Burbank, CA.”
Burbank? San Diego Democrat CPAs and treasurers will wonder about that detail!
……..OK, Now Back to the interesting Filner letter:
This level of support from everyday San Diegans is almost unheard of this early in a campaign. Because I am up against the government labor union bosses and their unlimited financial resources, I know that our volunteers will be key to winning this race.
I have seen the power of a strong volunteer base in my City Council office projects, and also in just the first three weeks of the campaign. It is volunteers who stuff the envelopes that the invitations go in, man the phones that invite community members to hear me speak, and provide support for the 25 events that we have put on in the first 23 days of the campaign.
From Camp Dumanis:
San Diego County Sheriff and former FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Bill Gore today endorsed District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for Mayor of San Diego.
“Bonnie is the only candidate with the executive management skills and leadership to keep San Diego moving in the right direction,” said Gore. “As Sheriff, I’ve worked with her on some of the toughest criminal cases we’ve handled in the past eight years. Bonnie isn’t afraid to make the tough choices and hold people accountable. At the same time, she’s shown great compassion and extraordinary dedication to victims’ rights.”
Reliable sources say the Kehoe campaign is telling supporters this week she will pass up a race for Mayor. That rumor has been out there, but our account is based on independent information gathering. So, if Kehoe ultimately does step aside for SD Mayor, what would be next ?
The draft June 10 State redistricting maps offer an intriguing potential Congressional race between Rep. Brian Bilbray and Chris Kehoe. Our colleagues at San Diego Politico floated that balloon last week. (“Now, Chris can replicate Susan Davis’ success at beating Brian Bilbray for Congress” the Democratic website wrote). In fact, Bilbray and Kehoe have already battled once over a similar House district in 1998, with Bilbray winning: by a 90,516 to 86,400 count, or 48.8% to 46.6 %. Their 1998 contest is considered a Local Classic by veteran observers.
I love San Diego. I’m very grateful to have been given the privilege of serving as its mayor for eleven years. During my administration, the phrase, “America’s Finest City” was more than a slogan. It was the goal and mission statement that drove every decision we made. Our city continues to offer such great promise, but it will need strong, enlightened leadership to realize its full potential.
That’s why I’m supporting Nathan Fletcher for mayor of San Diego. He has the judgment, energy, and integrity to deliver on that promise. He represents a new generation of leadership we need to solve unsolved problems and triumph over new challenges.
Anyone else notice the “union bug” on the donor envelopes Mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis is handing out? Well, at least I’m sure they cost more.
Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio today announced that his campaign has received the support of over 1,400 individuals in just the first 14 days of his campaign.
“As other candidates curry favor with entrenched politicians, government labor unions, and special interests, I’m seeking support from the people who really count: rank-and-file San Diegans,” declared DeMaio.
“San Diegans are not impressed by entrenched politicians, labor union bosses, and lobbyists who pat each other on the back and support candidates who will preserve the status quo,” DeMaio noted.
Carl DeMaio’s candidacy for Mayor of San Diego is exciting to me as a member of the Tea Party. (And no, there is no official membership, it is a matter of self identification.) He has taken aggressive stands to bring spending under control in San Diego, and gained my personal gratitude for his work against Proposition D. Further, by consolidating an effort to get a single pension reform proposition on the ballot, he has shown the ability to work with more establishment Republicans to achieve important Tea Party goals. The Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon says this about him:
Donna is San Diego’s political rock star. She is John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Eminem rolled into one.
San Diego’s mayoral primary is a year away but it comes up just about every day. So please bear with me as I share a few thoughts. Let’s call it, “Early Impressions.”
Early Impression No. 1: Too many people have written off Donna Frye. Mistake. Big mistake. Huge. Donna is San Diego’s political rock star. She is John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Eminem rolled into one.
If she decides to run she is a game changer. She instantly becomes the front-runner. She has the best name-ID of the bunch.
Why I support Nathan Fletcher for Mayor
by Senator Joel Anderson
Today, I am pleased to announce that my choice for San Diego’s next mayor is Nathan Fletcher. I hope you will join me in strongly supporting him.
Throughout my time in the State Assembly, Nathan proved himself to be a principled leader. Time and time again, he stood side-by-side with the taxpayers, despite repeated calls for higher taxes. This has been tough the last few years. Nathan has withstood attacks in the mail, protests at his office and repeated pressures to raise taxes. However, he always holds firm.