In this week’s podcast, Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis talk about the vote-wrangling between Councilman David Alvarez and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole to become the next Council president. Also: A determined new coalition says it wants to solve the region’s affordable housing crisis.
Whoever becomes City Council president must adopt a bold vision that preserves our quality of life and ensures all of our friends and neighbors have an opportunity to thrive and succeed, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, income or immigration status.
The behind-the-scenes vote wrangling between Councilman David Alvarez and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole to become the next Council president is turning into a proxy war between two powerful progressive interests in City Hall.
Barbara Bry joined hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about what she plans to do when she takes her seat as the new representative for San Diego City Council District 1.
Despite the cash infusion from business groups into the District 9 City Council race, voters picked Georgette Gomez, who made a name for herself in a long and often losing battle against industry.
The candidates for City Council District 9, Georgette Gomez and Ricardo Flores, are both Latino Democrats who agree on most issues. But they’ll have a different approach to the job based on their backgrounds, allies and personalities. As they make their final pitches to voters, both candidates are improbably comparing the other to Donald Trump.
Georgette Gomez claims in a mailer that her opponent for City Council District 9, Ricardo Flores, is skipping his job duties in Marti Emerald’s office in favor of campaigning and is still getting paid.
A campaign mailer targeting City Council candidate Georgette Gomez claims she’s “currently under investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission for failure to disclose her financial interests, as required by state law.”
Both Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gomez, the candidates for City Council District 9, agree housing is a major issue in the district, which has some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. They differ, though, on where they think money to fund affordable housing should come from.
In the weeks since District 4 City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole said black-on-black crime justified racial profiling by law enforcement, a split has emerged in the community. Younger advocates have called for her resignation, while established community leaders have urged reconciliation.