On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis and NBC7’s Monica Dean break down the role of city attorney and how it has changed over the years.
The mayor’s use of his veto power to restore special election funding and take a shot at opponents was a power move that could change the politics of city budgets for years to come. And it was only the latest of many such moves provoked by novel interpretations of, and actual changes to, the City Charter.
Past attempts to expand the San Diego Convention Center have failed over the years – so what’s stopping the mayor’s newest expansion endeavor from flopping? Bob Nelson, a longtime public relations maven and former Port of San Diego commissioner, joined hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts on the podcast this week to offer his insights on the […]
Mara Elliott won her first political campaign and she’ll now be expected to make good on her first political promise: to depoliticize the city attorney’s office.
In a debate this week, the city attorney candidates revisited an explosive 2014 case in which the city attorney’s office argued a victim was at fault in her own sexual assault. Mara Elliott initially said if the city’s claim was true, “it needed to be stated,” but later said the city’s argument was inappropriate and that victim-blaming is never OK.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had sat out the race for months even though Robert Hickey is one of her employees and the only Republican in the race. Her announcement comes five days after a committee supporting Hickey’s opponent, Democrat Mara Elliott, put out a YouTube ad attacking Hickey for failing to garner Dumanis’ endorsement.
This election brings several key issues to the forefront – including sex trafficking, the need for more neighborhood-based attorneys and the critical investigative powers for review of police practices – but neither of the candidates in the city attorney race has made it clear where they stand.
Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott lost out on countless Democratic club endorsements and trailed far behind in donations. But she had built-in advantages that money can’t buy. Now Elliott turns her attention to the general, and to making the same case she’s made for months: that she’s the most qualified candidate on the ballot.
Walking precincts is a useful reminder: For all the policy-parsing, fact-checking and trend-watching that precedes an election, city races are usually afterthoughts to even the most active voters.
The surge in new registered voters, including huge numbers of Democrats, has San Diego politicos wondering whether the usual conventional wisdom – that San Diego Republicans do well in June primaries – will hold this time around.