Last November’s election ushered into the city of San Diego what I termed a “new populist paradigm” that was focused on neighborhoods, good jobs and inclusion. The expected direction was not just superficially driven by a particular project or policy, but a deeper and more meaningful change in the relationship between the city and its constituents.
The most enduring changes in public policy occur outside of the daily news cycles and sensational headlines. They can weather the test of time through cycles of elected leadership. They present a prism of values that guides every decision made by each individual, from the departmental director to those on the front line of public service. They are manifested in how our elected bodies, and appointed boards and commissions conduct the public’s business.
So in the midst of whirlwind of political turbulence, here are my observations on the slow tectonic shifts occurring in public policy at the city of San Diego.