San Diego learned this week about the incredible power of the mayor.
At a City Council meeting Monday, the mayor’s proposed budget included $5 million for a special election in November. Voters would potentially weigh in on two big land-use issues – the expansion of the Convention Center and the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site.
Although the City Council stripped the special election funding from the budget, the city attorney’s office explained that Mayor Kevin Faulconer can veto specific changes and add in what he wants. And to override the mayor’s changes, City Council need a supermajority of six votes, not just a simple majority.
On this week’s podcast, hosts Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby explain what this means for the proposed special election and San Diego politics as a whole.
In the second half of the show, Michael McConnell, a local homelessness advocate, joins the podcast to talk about a new poll he commissioned that found voters are far more likely to approve a hotel tax hike focused on solving homelessness than Faulconer’s plan.
Even though there are still discussions about the different ways homelessness can be handled, McConnell says data has already found the best solution — permanent housing — and now the city just needs to fund it.
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So true Molly...If we can separate the funding for each need rather Bundling the 3 needs. Maybe easier to pass one measure but the money never gets to the vulnerable, San Diego loves money and those with have a great influence on politics and the others are left to their own ends
It's great to read and hear the Voice's good coverage of all that's San Diego, including the always-interesting (but never surprising) politics. Kevin Faulconer and the Soccer City team are following closely the playbook written years ago and San Diegans can either stop wasting energy trying to stop a mega-machine (already the tactic of those who'd rather ignore what's happening) or dig in harder, stop squabbling among themselves and figure out a way to get San Diego on a solid track once and for all.
As for the promise of helping the homeless while funding Soccer City, doubtful. San Diego always seems to find a way to gobble up any and all funds with bureaucratic delays and that will happen again. The money intended to actually HELP people will not get there.
My bet, sadly, in this whole sorry mess is on the Money/Power team. Too many big egos will always spoil the soup and Lord knows we've got plenty of big egos.