Posts Tagged ‘Todd Gloria’
Nearly eight years ago, with your help, I went to City Hall to make a difference for our community. It has been an honor to serve as your Councilmember, Council President and Interim Mayor of San Diego.
My time in public service has included some of the toughest challenges we’ve faced as a City. From dealing with one of the deepest recessions in this country’s history to cleaning up after a scandal that rocked the very foundation of City government, it has not always been easy.
San Diego’s 10News is reporting that a campaign to repeal an expected rise in the minimum wage is being organized by the San Diego Small Business Coalition. (I urge you to “like” their Facebook page.)
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed the measure, but the San Diego City Council is expected to override it. If that happens, Jason Roe, spokesman for the San Diego Small Business Coalition, says he has already begun to fundraise and has “substantial commitments from small businesses.”
Roe says the group is ready to launch a ballot drive to repeal the hike. Some 34,000 signatures must be gathered in a month to get it on the ballot in June 2016.
Democrat Todd Gloria is the acting mayor of San Diego and chair of the City Council budget committee. He has performed a public service by providing a breakdown of the city budget deficit for 2015. Bottom line, the budget has a deficit, but that deficit will be made worse by spending promises made by the city council over the past few years. I like the Voice of San Diego headline: Gloria Reveals the Cost of Saying Yes. The U-T reports that just maintaining the current level of services results in a projected deficit of $19 million next year. Adding in promises made by the City Council would increase the deficit to $62 million and infrastructure repairs add another $16 million. Gloria has done a service by clearly laying out the impact to the deficit of all the promises made by the city council in the past.
by Barry Jantz
This was published at FlashReport on Sunday.
Is the City of San Diego agreement with Bob Filner a good deal for taxpayers?
Maybe we can start by agreeing on something. It really chaps the common hide to think the city would enter into any settlement whatsoever with the soon-to-be former but already disgraced mayor. If it were up to a lot of people, the guy would be left penniless or behind bars.
The unassuming blonde woman with her hair pulled back filled out the required form to address the San Diego City Council during the non-agenda public comment period on Tuesday. She stepped to the microphone for her four minutes of time to address members about an issue not on the docket. She was slotted in right after the gadfly going on about Solyndra.
She only used a little more than two minutes. Stating her name for the record gave her away to the handful of people present, or watching on the City’s cable TV broadcast of the meeting: Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, now a resident of La Jolla, a suburb of San Diego.
Most people know nothing about local politicians and just about everyone else knows one or two things about them. So if the one thing a politician is known for is charm, he or she is probably winning on Election Day.
I haven’t seen any research that tells me this but it’s a theory that makes sense to me. To find out what I’m talking about, chat up San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria. He packs a lot of charm into a 60-second conversation. Gloria, and successful politicians like him, have a genuine interest in people.
This morning’s UT had a scathing editorial which proclaimed: “That scream you heard just after 3 p.m. Monday was the San Diego City Council slitting its own throat.” The editorial noted the Council’s failure to override Filner’s veto was a “huge political victory in his (Filner’s) first tug-of-war with the council.” Read the entire editorial here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/11/port-commission-filner-veto-gloria-council/
What the editorial doesn’t directly address is Council President Gloria’s failure of leadership. Despite being awarded the title of Council President by acclamation, Gloria was unable to secure even one override vote from his 3 other democratic colleagues. To date, his coalition of 5 has been the 4 Republicans; a coalition that one can only assume is built upon convenience for the Republicans, not any sense of loyalty that he should have secured from his democratic colleagues.
Sounds like it if the new Council President Todd Gloria gets his way. The North County Times reports:
Neither new mayor nor council offer immediate reaction to $900 millon proposal
The new president of the San Diego City Council — rising Democratic star Todd Gloria — said he wants to put before city voters a proposed tax hike that would address a nearly $900 million backlog of infrastructure projects.
Gloria announced his idea during Monday’s inauguration speech for his second term. Hours later, his council colleagues unanimously elected him president — a key position at City Hall that allows him to set the panel’s agenda.
Politics & Media Mashup
There was a short but very telling story in Friday’s U-T San Diego. On the surface, “Labor gives ‘F’ grade to five on S.D. council” does not look like much more than a few inches on B2, but the story highlights how cutthroat politics can be at City Hall.
The piece, written by Jen Lebron Kuhney, says only two council members, Democrats Marti Emerald and David Alvarez, received passing grades. Each received a B.
by Dave McCulloch
Just the other day, Todd Gloria – City Councilmember for District 3 – tweeted his “heart is in D3 and [he] intends to serve it, in whatever configuration, for another four years.” While this sounds noble, I question his motives.
Today, Gloria lives in Cherokee Point, a small area of City Heights that was recently (and preliminarily) redistricted out of District 3 and put into San Diego’s newest District – 9. Inconvenient for him, this also means that he would have to move further west to be able to run again in the newly-reshaped District 3 for the 2012 election, an area where he enjoys a good amount of easy support.
The San Diego County Taxpayers calls upon San Diegans to voice their opposition to a proposal by the San Diego City Council to double the so called “linkage fee” charged to construction projects in the City of San Diego. This fee is yet another short-sighted job killer and SDCTA is strongly opposed to this increase.
The Council will also consider setting this fee on “auto-increase” going forward, a sneaky little maneuver which no longer requires a vote of your elected officials to increase this job-killing tax. This action may be taken despite a historic recession and without regard for the concerns voiced by business leaders that this would further hurt jobs creation and economic recovery in San Diego.
REFORM BEFORE REVENUE COALITION
Asian Business Association of San Diego
Republican Party of San Diego County
Building Industry Association – San Diego
San Diego County Apartment Association
California Restaurant Association
San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Neighborhood Market Association
San Diego Tax Fighters
Lincoln Club of San Diego County
July 29, 2010
Honorable Mayor Jerry Sanders
Honorable City Councilmembers
City of San Diego
202 West C Street, 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Re: Reform Before Revenue
Dear Mayor Sanders and City Councilmembers:
Did that headline make you read this? Good, because this is boring yet so exciting!
Unless you don’t neurotically check your twitter, don’t get breaking political news email pushed to your blackberry, or don’t regularly troll the City Clerk’s office (see: you’re normal), you are just now finding out that Carl DeMaio’s Fair and Open Contracting Ballot Measure, henceforth known as Turbo-Managed Competition, is currently in qualification limbo (see VoSD story).
From Gay and Lesbian Times, March 26, 2009
The city will end 2009 with a small surplus of about $2 million. But out of a $3 billion budget, “that doesn’t give a lot of wiggle room, but it’s important to note that we are living within our means,” the District 3 councilmember said.
GL Times states that Pension payments are also down for the year as result of a series of reforms implemented by the city.
“Its not because of any funny business. No one is cooking the books. It’s because the reforms that have been instituted are reducing the overall size of our debt,” Gloria said.