Rafael Castellanos has not been in San Diego long. He moved here nine years ago. He wanted a walkable neighborhood and chose the East Village.
He’s a commercial attorney who specializes in helping developers get their projects from idea to groundbreaking.
And he is making a clear, land-use, urbanist case for his campaign to become the next city attorney.
Land-use decisions, development and construction projects are the heart of City Hall and he’s just the guy to make sure they get done, he says.
“That’s sort of the bread and butter of any municipality of any sort of local government is getting projects completed successfully. That’s sort of the meat and potatoes of the city — planning. You would think that you would want your general counsel your city attorney to have expertise in those areas,” he said.
Castellanos was the latest to sit down with me for an hour-long conversation on his background and to make his case for being elected city attorney. See my interview with his Democratic rivals Mara Elliott and Gil Cabrera. I’ll be sitting down with Republican Robert Hickey in November.