This post has been updated.
The field of candidates for San Diego City Council District 1 widened substantially last month to include the husband of the sitting Council president, one of her staffers and another newcomer.
But two candidates have been on the campaign trail the longest, and the same two have worked the hardest to prove they’ve got the business acumen to represent the affluent coastal district that’s home to an innovation-minded university.
District 1 Council candidates Ray Ellis and Barbara Bry are both touting their business chops to attract votes from the district’s 162,000 residents living in La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Del Mar Mesa and University City, near UC San Diego.
“I have an entrepreneurial spirit,” Ellis told VOSD in October. He said he sees a great opportunity in San Diego “to connect the dots between philanthropy, the public sector, or government, and the business sector, and to collaborate more effectively … I’ve got the most experience in working in all three of those sectors very heavily.”
Meanwhile, Bry, who’s taught entrepreneurship at UC San Diego in years past, is zeroing in on the technology industry.
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True, Barbara and Ray both have entrepreneurial backgrounds that mesh well with D1. But one candidate also has a long history of distorting the truth. So maybe he's not such a great fit?
@Stephen Shepherd A long history? Pretty obvious who you work for. 1 and 2 are the same thing and weren't intentional. Number 3 involves an organization, not the Ellis campaign. Good work trying to distort the truth though.
@Tom Brown Ok, first #3 involved the Ellis campaign AND the Lincoln Club. And the Lincoln Club blamed the Ellis campaign for the misinformation. And that wasn't the only time in 2012 that the Ellis campaign had truth issues, including this OTHER Fact Check from our lovely VOSD: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/ellis-misses-on-election-milestone-fact-check/
But to bring this back to today, because we don't need to rehash all of the Ellis campaign's missteps of 2012.....You said his lies "weren't intentional" and I find that extremely problematic. We should hold those running for office to a higher standard than the average person; or at least the SAME standards we hold others. Voters shouldn't have to wonder if something they heard from Ray Ellis, his campaign, or an associated organization is the truth or not. They should be able to know, by virtue of the fact that he's running for elected office that the information he dispels is truthful. The information that comes from his operatives should be truthful. The information that comes from his allies should be truthful. D1 voters shouldn't have to wait for the media to fact check everything that gets said. The candidates should just operate in facts and the truth.
It's totally bogus to say oh that distortion wasn't intentional and paper it over and move on. Voters definitely need to be thinking critically about the issues facing our community. But that critical thinking shouldn't have to start with "Okay, now I have to go dig around the internet and fact check what Barbara or Ray said". When a voter hears from Barbara Bry, they should be able to think about whether or not they agree with her stance but they shouldn't have to think about whether or not something she said is true. When a voter hears from Ray Ellis, they should be able to think about whether or not they agree with his stance but they shouldn't have to think about whether or not something he said is true.
We're in a really unfortunate state of things when we have to fact check every single statement that comes out of the campaign for the man that wants to be our voice in local government. Maybe that's a little idealistic, but I'm definitely not distorting the truth.
@Stephen Shepherd He misspoke and he acknowledged that. You're not helping your candidate. Fact is, when pressed about whether she would stand up for pension reform and the will of the voters, Barbara said she was not sure.
As a volunteer board chair of the pension board, Ray helped usher in pension reform -- which is saving SD taxpayers $1 billion, freeing up money for road repairs, parks, libraries, police, fire, etc.
Ray led on this issue and has always said he would work to protect pension reform, which 66% of voters approved.