Posts Tagged ‘Pete Wilson’
Governor Wilson, who served as Mayor of San Diego and as a U.S. Senator during President Ronald Reagan’s tenure, remains deeply connected with the region. Wilson built up a $16 billion budget surplus by the time he left office in 1999.
San Diego has a longstanding tradition of electing establishment Republicans, often with either military or law enforcement roots as its mayor. Before becoming U.S. Senator and California governor, former Marine Corps officer and Republican Pete Wilson was mayor of San Diego from 1971-1982. Wilson, a moderate to liberal on social issues, did limit the growth of the city’s budget, cut property taxes locally and helped revitalize downtown. However, he was against Prop 13 in 1978 (limiting California’s property tax and requiring a 2/3 majority for increases in state taxes) before he was for it. San Diego city workers opted out of Social Security in 1982 when then-Mayor Pete Wilson promised the city would provide taxpayer-funded health care for retired workers. This promise has played a significant role in increasing the city’s unfunded liability.
There are plenty of polls: straw polls, tracking polls, horse race polls, push polls, exit polls. Not to be left out, San Diego Rostra debuts its exclusive Meatball Poll.
This decidedly unscientific poll is conducted among attendees at the National Albondigas Political Society, San Diego Edition. This swell group of political swells gathers for meatball soup (hence the name) and poliwonk talk with absolutely no agenda. The group generally includes elected officials, staff, consultants, activists, agitators, commentators, fellow travelers, Barry Jantz and the Libertarian Lass.