1. The Mayor’s All Grown Up
Yesterday’s departure of Kris Michell, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ top political aide, came with many things left undone. Expanding the city’s Convention Center. Building a new downtown football stadium and City Hall. There’s also the pesky matter of fixing the city’s finances — the problem Sanders was elected to solve. The mayor has two years left in office.
Michell was Sanders’ political mind, the one who got things done and someone particularly important for a mayor with no prior political experience.
“I think she was critically important to the mayor,” said Phil Rath, a former city policy advisor who is now a lobbyist. “She was intimately involved in all of the major issues. She was the mayor’s point person for pretty much everything that is a major issue in our time.”
In an interview yesterday, Sanders said he’ll miss Michell, but will be able to meet his goals without her.
“I don’t think it’ll have any impact on me being able to finish them,” Sanders said. “It’ll be a very different conversation. As I said, I would have preferred Kris stayed, but I certainly understand her position.”