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.”
Cole would play a different role. She’d rather use the promise of Democratic votes to cooperate with the mayor’s office and pull out victories within his push.
The behind-the-scenes vote wrangling between the two is turning into a proxy war between two powerful progressive interests in City Hall.
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Many points to make here.
1) Ms Cole reminds me of Tony Young (not much there).
2) The far superior intelligent, capable, dynamic AND caring councilmember for Council President IS ALVAREZ,
3) Though I like Mickey, he is FAST BECOMING IRRELEVANT among Democrats (unless they rely on a job from him), so irrelevant he wasn't elected to the Party Central Committee in June, BY FELLOW DEMS in his district, where THE TOP 6 get elected. TOP 6. This old style East Coast "muscling" DOESN'T WORK OUT WEST.
4) David is equally adept and capable as Todd was in his short stint after Filner.
5) Cole's district has YET to have a council member who did anything meaningful FOR the district's PEOPLE not just the special interests that help them get elected. That district has been and still is a ghetto for the poor and the minorities.
I should know. I have worked this City and County over in my 35 years of work in San Diego.
Amazing, Kasparian ask the Unions to give millions to get David elected Mayor. Now he is turning his back on David and going with Cole. I remember when he said we had to find some one to run against Cole on her next term. Now he turns his back on David because of a disagreement. What a hypocrite.
I apologize for not thinking North of 8, Its a City Heights thing. the experienced mature Dark Horse candidate to be Council President is Councilwoman Barbara Bry.. She is a secure enough person to stand up to pressure and lead the Council
Councilwoman Cole and Councilman Alvarez need to come to some understandings or support an alternate Council President
You are either a Democrat or you are not. Lightner's defection, in order to become Council President, was merely an ego trip that resulted in nothing getting done during her tenure. The Mayor seems to be more interested in finding a way to appease the hoteliers with a convention center expansion than addressing our serious affordable housing and homeless problems. Ditto for infrastructure maintenance - nothing done. Todd Gloria got a lot done during his brief stint as interim mayor and Alvarez is likely to be a similar force for progressive issues as Council President.
It is interesting that the Council President leadership battle also centers among the racial identification boundaries in San Diego politics. Clearly Districts 8 and 9 are primarily Latin but the growing question is how far East the Latin influence extends.
Recently, CIVIC entered into this battle with its attempt to designate a new portion of the City of San Diego, the annexation of unincorporated County land , as part of District 4; instead of the adjacent Latin District 9. Councilman Alvarez raised concerns about this voter grab East of the I 805 freeway and before Councilwoman Gomez would be able to vote on this voter grab.
Both of the Candidates for Council President have unique qualifications. I think that Seniority speaks for Councilwoman Cole for the 2017 term, and her performance should then be measured by her serious control of the CIVIC company for the benefit of our Chollas Creek watershed residents.
Councilman Alvarez should be the City's representative on important regional boards like SANDAG, The Airport and Port of San Diego.
I think, that absent a coming together of the these leaders then a dark horse compromise candidate might solve the leadership gap with Councilwoman Gomez or Councilman Ward. Alternately, a Putney Swope Chairman gambit may occur . https://youtu.be/OPgId7RgQ2E
Council Member Alvarez should get the job because he is wary and asks questions of Civic San Diego staff.
The San Diego Union Tribune Data Watch confirmed that during the last 6 years through Civic San Diego staff purposeful misinterpretation of State and Federal Relocation laws, the City Council, Mayor Faulconer, City Officials, and the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) agreed to remove 10,000 Affordable dwellings unit from the Affordable Housing inventory within the City of San Diego. Including 9,290 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Hotel rooms. All without public disclosure and purposeful misinterpretation to the City Council, and official documentation to State and Federal government.
SDHC most important goal is the Preservation of Existing Affordable Housing. According to Relocation laws, Civic San Diego and the SDHC should have provided the mostly Seniors in the downtown SROs Affordable Housing Assistance for 3.5 Years. This did not happen.