Rarely has an “SD Rostra” article elicited so much comment as our
recent account of new state legislative candidate Brittany Catton.
[76th State Assembly district].
Most reactions were favorable, with some readers pledging to
change their parties and relocate their homes in order to offer
Ms. Catton their fullest support.
There was some criticism, however, wihich included audible
gnashing of Teeth, and even Rending-of-Garments.
So it is safe to say at this point, that Ms. Brittany Catton is
Not boring. And that’s the way we like it at the “SD Rostra” club.
Here then is added information we can adduce to portray her
many accomplishments to date. Our thanks to Allan Hoffenblum
and The California Target Book who first reported her candidacy.
——– Brittany Catton ——- Public Service Record
Brittany Catton, age 28, is the director of Development and
public relations at San Diego Armed Services YMCA. She
has worked there since 2006. She is also a University of
San Diego graduate.
The Armed Services YMCA renders great assistance to
local military families, mainly from the US Navy, U.S. Marine
Corps and US Coast Guard. The “Y” arranges special events
for children of military events, like the “Father-Daughter” dance,
Healthy Kids Day, and the overall “Operation Kid Comfort”.
Soldiers and Sailors who missed Christmas while deployed were
honored at an event called, “The Christmas You Missed” when they
returned in June 2009. In cooperation with the outstanding “Shea
Homes” firm, the AS-YMCA assisted in giveaways of new washers
and dryers to military families in need.
Ms. Catton helped coordinate a successful 1st Annual salute to
the Military , which included the shipping of 1500 “care packages”
to deployed forces overseas in cooperation with the Navy & USMC.
“Wounded Warriors” have been feted on special days, including a
celebrity golf event. San Diego military families have also received
needed furniture and food through actions coordinated by the
This is just a small sample of the SD Armed Services YMCA
program. Ms. Catton is one part of the leadership team which
makes these things happen, under the leadership of superb
Executive Director Paul Steffens. [source: AS-YMCA website].
—————- Summing It Up:
—————–What Kind of Experience?
Ms. Catton’s opponent in the Democratic primary, Toni Atkins,
served 8 years on the San Diego City Council (2000 to 2008)
and 7 years as a Council staffer (1993 to 2000).
That is one kind of traditional government work experience.
Compare that to the activities Brittany Catton has helped to
coordinate over the last 4 years at the Armed Services YMCA.
Then ask yourself this question:
Whose experience is more impressive?
Brittany Catton’s, or Toni Atkin’s?
That question will be answered by Voters in the 76th District
when they vote in June. The district includes: Point Loma,
Clairemont, Bay Park, Pacific Beach, Serra Mesa, Mission
Village, North Park, Mission Valley, Hillcrest, Mission Hills,
and South Park.