If your memory can stretch back in time allllllllllllllllllllll the way back to a whopping six months ago, you might remember that local Democrats were very excited about a plan to change the election system that let people win San Diego offices in June, when turnout was dismal. Instead, those races would go to a November runoff, when more people were voting.
The plan was Measure K, and to the delight of Democrats and union leaders, it passed.
At the time, Democrats couldn’t really say, “We want this to pass because it would mean more Democrats would be elected in San Diego, duh.”
So instead they talked about the importance of consistency – state and congressional elections last until November, after all. And they talked about the people and the awesome power of them: “Democracy functions best when the most voters participate, and that is in the November general elections, not the June primary elections,” said a promotional website for the measure.
A new plan is being floated that would make voting in San Diego even more consistent. It would make school board elections run the same way City Council elections do – meaning only the people in a certain district would vote for the representative of that district. Right now, a school board candidate first runs in a districtwide election, then goes to a citywide runoff. Running citywide is expensive, which is why the current system heavily favors candidates backed by the local teachers union, which pumps money and resources into its preferred candidates.
Now, Democrats and union members are in the supremely awkward position of arguing that the system they just got done promoting is actually very bad.
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The 5 City Council Democrats voted against District Elections and term limits and for keeping the "successful" SDUSD just the way it is.
The irony is the Council and School Board watched a presentation, by the City's Pension expert, explaining their budget deficit just before they voted to keep doing what they have been doing
While I love the name, I would DQ Andy Brandy Casagrande IV because the name's been used three time before :-)
Human nature has been a constant and self service over public service of elected and APPOINTED officials is nothing new. The level that it runs at today is appalling- but is this because more of it is exposed with Wikileaks type revelations and the internet?
Your quote is quite apropos for San Diego in its present day incarnation. But remembering back to my adolescent days in San Diego,he County assessors office was accused of taking bribes for not noting non permitted property changes by the County assessors office. As I recall we lost that County assessor to retirement (why this option given to corrupt military, and public servants is a MYSTERY to me, think of the county retirement budget savings if all these crooks lost their pension!) or he was fired, I can't recall.
I am appalled (yes again!) at the loss of common sense of the powers that be..if someone loses their pension for corruption it sends a message to the rest of the personnel, and saves us money on these burdensome obligations we can never meet. A wonderful Zoroastrian-esque clean up! It's called accountability.
So all we poverty stricken underlings must assume that the leaders are actually behind the corruption and they want their pensions kinda like politicians making cuts to social security who are not in that system, it has no effect on them.
While volunteering for ESGR I met an Admiral (ret), gay, who told me in passing conversation that whenever you see upheaval and economic distress look to see what is in the bills that Congress is passing and one will find the military industrial complex, along with unabashed pork being stuffed in the sausage. He left ESGR and went off to John Kerry's first campaign. But as a military man who was not entirely accepted "Don't ask don't tell" days he had some outsider insights. Some of these men were old fashion heros and some were just plain greed stricken self servers! And maybe on some days they were one thing and other days they were another?
We are a hot mess of self servers in San Diego County and City, right?