The bill would not only give each of the cities on the SANDAG board a vote proportional to their population — making San Diego and Chula Vista far more powerful — it would make San Diego’s mayor the permanent chair of both SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System.
Todd Gloria joins hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about his time with the city. Also: It’s becoming impossible to avoid or ignore San Diego’s exploding homeless population.
Most policy conversations about homelessness in San Diego focus on long-term solutions. Yet, the challenge is pressing right now. Landlord incentives, a new shelter and sanctioned tent cities were among short-term ideas floated Thursday by local leaders and advocates.
When it comes to housing the homeless, calling the police, distributing meals or connecting them to a shelter for a few nights aren’t real solutions.
The top two contenders to represent City Council District 3 oppose a downtown football stadium and public financing for it.
Todd Gloria and other officials have explained their support for SANDAG’s transportation plan by touting the fact that “75 percent of transportation funding in the next five years will go to transit, up from 50 percent in the last five years.”
With the legal challenge to the plan renewed, an absent financial backer and two naysayers vying to represent District 3 on the City Council, the future of the potentially revived Jacobs plan is still murky at best.
Instead of changing the City Charter to suit them, Democrats and labor representatives could appeal to a broader coalition, register more voters who agree with them or increase turnout among current voters who agree with them.
The problem for Democrats is not that they cannot find one candidate to run for mayor. It’s that they can’t find two.
Mark Arabo, head of the Neighborhood Market Association, stepped into the local consciousness to lead the charge against raising the minimum wage. Now his political ambitions seem to have forced him to change his tune.