San Diego mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer squared off this weekend at Hoover High School. The forum in City Heights hosted by San Diego 6 and community groups Mid-City CAN Youth Council and Cesar Chavez Service Club had a decidedly different feel than most political debates, thanks to youth panelists like Roosevelt Middle School sixth grader Hiyab Seadedin.
She thanked her mom before throwing a hardball at the candidates, asking them how they’d give young people from underserved communities a better chance of competing in San Diego’s job market.
Both candidates said they’d invest in underserved communities to create jobs and give youth the resources they need to be competitive. Alvarez said he’d use federal development dollars to do the job. Faulconer said pension reform, which he supports, would cover some of the cost.
Youth Council member Terry Stanley II said cohosting a debate close to home will make a difference even though many in the audience can’t vote.
“It actually shows a lot. It’s showing that we have a voice and that we can actually help our own community ourselves,” Stanley said.
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It's a good thing these kids are learning entitlement mentalities and serf reliance instead of self reliance early. It's much harder to make a welfare voter class out of them otherwise.
what constitutes an "underserved" community?
are there 'overserved' communities?
and just plain 'served' communities?
does anyone really believe that a mayor can have influence on preparing anyone to compete in today's job market?
and why does this campaign seem to be about pitting people and communities against each other?
Don't know, don't know, don't know, but good questions. Underserved probably means that the politicians haven't stolen enough money from taxpayers yet.
Nope. It isn't the Mayor's job to prepare kids of any community for jobs. The school district has a school board, and many kids have parents, uncles, aunts, or some other kind of guardian or mentor. They also have their own brains to work with.
Isn't that what nearly all political debates are about? That isn't breaking news to me.