San Diego Democrats preserved their City Council majority this fall, and now they’re fighting over what to do with it.
The Council will vote next week on its next president, a position that can dictate the body’s direction and agenda by deciding what gets on the docket in the first place, and assigning Council members to certain committees.
The job has always gone to a veteran on the Council and that means, barring a Republican surprise victory, the two Democratic veterans, Councilman David Alvarez and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, are the two rivals. Alvarez, a former mayoral candidate, has promised to push an agenda that prioritizes progressive causes like housing and homelessness, and to oppose Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s priorities when necessary.
“2017 needs to be a year of action,” Alvarez said. “The Council must lead in several critical areas, such as increasing housing supply and affordability, impactful solutions to homelessness, and achieving the goals set out in our Climate Action Plan.”