Three new San Diego City Council members will be inaugurated next week. The new Council’s first big decision will be a tense one: Who will be the next City Council president?
In this week’s podcast, hosts Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis talk about the behind-the-scenes vote wrangling between Councilman David Alvarez and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole to become the next leader and the interesting split it’s caused among two of the city’s most powerful progressive institutions.
The San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council is backing Alvarez, while the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council just announced its support for Cole. Lewis and Keatts dig deep into why the groups are divided and why it matters.
Taking a Stab at Solving San Diego’s Biggest Problem
The affordable housing crisis is one of the San Diego region’s gnarliest problems, but that’s not stopping one new coalition.
Mary Lydon, the former executive director of the local Urban Land Institute chapter, is part of a new project called Housing You Matters, a group of urban planners, environmentalists and community leaders who have ambitious plans to first understand the housing problem, and then roll out recommendations for policy changes or other possible answers to the growing problem.
Lydon joined the podcast to discuss the group’s goals and its strategy.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
The City must continue to address the very boring subject of updating or upgrading our infrastructure. Maybe the way to shmooze greater movement is to name street, sewage, electrical, internet, and water projects by Councilpeople. We are still very behind the "eight ball" on this issue. And, someone needs to recognize that navigating downtown S.D. is not user friendly. As an infrequent visitor/driver to downtown I generally feel that someone wants me to fumble how to find the closest, most efficient way to locate an on-ramp to the I-5. Those itty-bitty 36"x48" signs set at 30 feet above sidewalk level are not helpful.
So, whomever sets the City Agenda, should consider the continuing work to keep San Diego liveable and useable.
It really is a strong Mayor town if Ms Cole has the pleasure of running the Council and there by shaping the issues.
Ms Cole I hope you will remember the CRB and the lack of any person of color on it . We have not one Afriican American on the CRB- Ask the Mayor to appoint people of color and immigrant status mam.
Lets put a nail in the coffin of reacila profiling and abuse...Can we count on you?
Hate to rain on your parade, Scott, but that Charlie Brown video was made long before there was a VOSD, maybe even before you were born. I'm pretty sure they didn't know about your podcast when they made it.