Mayoral contenders David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer have released a series of wonky plans to tackle city problems in hopes of earning your vote.
Each hefty document the candidates have produced aims to show they’ve got the best ideas for the city but most are long reads filled with lots of complex concepts.
I sliced and diced each of the mayoral plans to save you some time.
Kevin Faulconer’s Plans
Faulconer has released seven detailed plans. Here are our top takeaways from each of them.
The gist: Faulconer wants to push for more community plan updates to ease expensive roadblocks for builders and find other ways to streamline permitting and city regulatory processes when it comes to building new homes or affordable housing.
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Mr. Alvarez would not be in the mayoral race if not for large campaign funding from labor. Mr. Alvarez’s “roadmap” is a spending plan without any consideration of what is needed to strengthen San Diego’s economy and make San Diego a desirable place for business.
Mr. Alvarez’s public comments certainly sound like labor patronage.
I was struck by the much more specific plans Alvarez puts forth. That’s great until you realize most of the stuff involves spending money we don’t have and hiring new staff, e.g., to inspect multi-family rentals, to crack down on “polluters”, hire a “sustainability director”, new staffers to work public records requests, a “veterans affairs” director. Big ambitions, I’m afraid would meet budget realities very early in an Alvarez administration.
The city already had a veterans affairs director until recently, so that position may be in the budget: http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/05/city-fire-veterans-affairs-director-rider/
There may also be savings from other unfilled positions during this interim period.San Diego News, Local, California and National News | UTSanDiego.comhttp://m.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/05/city-fire-veterans-affairs-director-rider/San Diego has fired its veterans affairs director, less than eight months after the city became one of the few to employ a veterans advocate at the local level. It means that Vietnam combat veteran William Rider, 68, is out of a job.
Part of the Alvarez plan is to turn the city into a slum lord? Really?
Is he carving out positions for his cronies?
Doubt its legal but
"Alvarez wants to create a program that would require inspections of multi-family rental properties to ensure landlords follow key code requirements. Properties that don’t meet city standards would be forced to redirect rent money to an escrow account the city could use to repair properties and allow the city to seek receivership of problem properties."
As you said: Isn't Thing X true? If so, maybe Bad Thing Y! Also: Goons! Boo! Also: Scurrilous relatives, maybe, somebody said! Run!
Sorry Randy. We didn't vet Filner well, and what did that get us? VOSD gave Filner a platform to make the same attacks you are thinking I am making here, but with Filner you allowed him to attack a united airlines baggage clerk, not someone who chose the slime of politics, you through Filner assigned the worst motivations to her, didn't allow her a voice to reply or defend herself, and you called it news. You deleted comments on Filners abuse of women prior to the election and turned a deaf ear to the story until the left found it politically convenient to have it aired.
Now you are doing the same for Alvarez. Running interference, ignoring signs, lying about what Faulconer actually said to give the Alvarez competition a "False" in fact check and making sure we don't know who we are getting.
Good luck San Diego. We'll need it.
Are you referring to this, regarding Hueso and rentals? Whatever the case, you're making quite a slur and qualifying it with "I could be wrong." http://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/reports/watchdog/20051215-9999-1n15property.htmlSignOnSanDiego.com > News > Watchdog Reports -- Landlord of opportunityhttp://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/reports/watchdog/20051215-9999-1n15property.htmlHe has publicly taken credit for investing the millions he has made in real estate "to create affordable housing in the inner city." SEAN M. HAFFEY / Union-Tribune Nick Inzunza purchased this Barrio Logan duplex in 1995 and transferred one of the pro...
What slur specifically Randy? Alvarez is saying he wants to take landlords money and property if they don't meet some code requirements. Seems extreme and it does put the city in the slum lord business if carried out, doesn't it?
Who is going to run this property confiscation program? Who is going to decide who gets targeted by his property seizure goons?
The Alvarez family has been tied to gangs and drugs and crime, haven't they?
Exactly, sounds like it gives the city an easy route to seize "problem properties" based on some unspecified metrics and some union city code inspectors, to put the city into the slum lord business.
Doesn't Hueso own rentals? I could be wrong on that but if so it sounds like "get even" for Felipe Hueso saying "it's a very known fact the Alvarez family is part of the gang problem, part of the drug problem, and you know, we come from the same neighborhood. And I feel satisfactory in saying that I've spoke to the people from our community, leaders who endorse me, okay, who know the Alvarez family and what they stand for."
Who's going to run these city slum properties once Alvarez seizes them from their owners? One of his brothers gets appointed as slum Czar?
"Alvarez plans to crack down on polluters by upping the number of code enforcement teams who monitor such infractions and partnering with community groups that can help monitor the city’s waterways."
I believe this has to do with the new runoff rules.
Its gong to happen no matter who is elected Mayor IMHO.