As the mayoral election approaches, San Diego’s two candidates are eager to articulate for voters their vision for the city’s future.
They’ve offered blueprints for infrastructure, development, the economy and even government transparency. But as the national debate rages over privacy in the digital age, the candidates should also go on the record about how they will protect civil liberties as law enforcement agencies propose and adopt new technologies.
On its current path, San Diego is emerging as the advance guard of the surveillance state, but the city’s leaders have the opportunity to start the region on a new trajectory that protects citizens’ rights without compromising public safety.
The next mayor will exert great influence over law enforcement priorities as a member of the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the often-overlooked but very powerful regional planning agency.