Kevin Faulconer Endorses Bonnie Dumanis for Mayor

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From Press Release:

San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer today formally endorsed Bonnie Dumanis for Mayor of San Diego, saying she “is the candidate who can best move San Diego forward.” Faulconer cited Dumanis’ proven leadership, chief executive experience and strength as a consensus-builder as examples of why he strongly supports her to be San Diego’s next Mayor.

“I am honored and humbled by the support I have received from San Diegans who have encouraged me to run for mayor,” Faulconer said. “I am going to continue to responsibly reform city government, deliver quality neighborhood services and protect our beaches and bays as a leader on the City Council. It is my hope that Bonnie Dumanis can join me at City Hall as San Diego’s next Mayor.”

Faulconer, a two-term City Councilmember, Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee and Vice Chair of the Rules Committee, pointed to Dumanis’ innovative leadership as a three-time elected District Attorney.

“We may not agree on everything, but I trust Bonnie. She has the experience you need to succeed as mayor, and she is able to bring people together to build a better San Diego. In addition to her success in refocusing a complex organization like the District Attorney’s Office, she is a former Superior Court Judge whose ethics and legal expertise can help guide us through these next critical years.

“I have known Bonnie for 10 years. She is an exceptional leader and a wonderful person. I am pleased to endorse her.”

Dumanis took over a troubled District Attorney’s Office that had not seen any real change for more than three decades. Working together with 1,000 staff and three labor organizations, she implemented a Business Management Plan and a new level of accountability. Under her direction, a once-divided office came together to provide effective, efficient public safety to San Diego.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Kevin Faulconer,” said Dumanis. “His leadership on the City Council has been critical. He took office at a time when San Diego was saddled with financial mismanagement and scandal. Thanks to his hard work on behalf of taxpayers, San Diego is in much better shape. It’s a credit to his leadership that we’ve made progress in recovering from one of the worst recessions in history.”

Bonnie Dumanis is a 37-year San Diego resident, former Superior Court Judge and three-time elected District Attorney. Throughout her career, Dumanis has been a team builder, innovator and organizational strategist.

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  1. Flim flam man Kevin Faulconer stands up for the Downtown crony capitalists. Hopes to cover himself for future runs. Ha! Whoda thunk it?

  2. I have to say I don’t “get” Bonnie.

    I GUESS she managed the DA’s office successfully – though I am awaiting someone to show me how much she saved in labor unit costs over her 5 years (which actually should be pretty easy – almost all of her costs are labor so you can simply divide DA budget by Filled FTEs and then adjust with your choice of CPI measure)

    But does anyone have a clue about how she views land use, economic development or taxation? IMHO (and this is rocket science) the key issue for the Mayor in ’12 to ’16 is how to manage in an era of tepid growth. Economy shouldn’t be in tailspin but the growth isn’t going to be gangbusters. More land use will come down the pike than in past 5 but not a flood. Revenues will expand but not enough to do much more than hold the status quo. If that is accurate we might want to know, it seems:

    a) Is she going to be pro or anti growth? What is her philosophy about land use? What about redevelopment? Public private partnerships like Stadium or convention Center? Other big investments?

    b) mayor can’t do that much but what are her ideas about economic development? What does she see a mayor being able to do? What about an airport, trade, water, and transportation infrastructure?

    c) And what is her perspective on the “new” fault line in San Diego’s politics. Are we “cheap” or not? What is her position about new taxes?

    What I REALLY fear (and essentially expect) is that GOP establishment types will not ask these questions. We will get another “tabula rosa” on which to project because, hey, she must be honest as the regions “top cop”. Jenn T. will run a fluff campaign focusing on how many monsters dumanis has “sent away forever” as if she was the prosecuting attorney and that this has a hill of beans to do with whether you think spending $$$ on an a new NFL stadium is a good or bad thing.

    Sad really, but that is the sorry state of San Diego politics I have come to expect. It will be the trifecta of Murphy, Sanders, Dumanis – three caretaker Mayors that, in the end, essentially left the city the way they found it – or perhaps, if one is critical, more frayed and slightly more broken on a long slog toward becoming, on the PUBLIC sector side, a mediocre city that stands in such sharp contrast to how INNOVATIVE we are on on the private side of the ledger.

  3. Erik, I absolutely agree with you.

    Like him or not, Steve Francis highlighted his business acumen as a reason to elect him. Instead, the voters selected the nice-guy cop Sanders; and the city is pretty much in the same shape (or worse, if you consider the wasted time) than when he started.

    Personally, I am not at all happy with the current crop of candidates, and don’t expect I’ll move toward any one of them for quite some time.

  4. What I REALLY wish is that we could find a way to generate more Stephen Goldsmith (of Indianapolis and Manhattan Institute fame) like candidates – people that were deeply interested and passionate about CITIES and what makes them tick.

    I know it is aposty on this site but I don’t really care that much about whether they are from the left or right. What so distresses me about the current group is that this isn’t their first passion. Carl come closest but I think ultimately Carl is mostly passionate about Movement conservativism, at any level, rather than these unique challenges you get in built up urban environments. Nothing wrong with that – lets get him to Congress. But this is likely explained why it is Xmas once a month in my household when City Journal or Journal of Urban Economics shows up on my doorstep. And also why I have almost no friends that will suffer my policy rants 😉

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