Help Us Grill the Mayoral Candidates

Help Us Grill the Mayoral Candidates

Photos by Sam Hodgson

Mike Aguirre, David Alvarez, Kevin Faulconer, Nathan Fletcher

We’ve got a different kind of mayoral debate coming up.

All four of San Diego’s major candidates — Mike Aguirre, David Alvarez, Kevin Faulconer and Nathan Fletcher — will sit down with Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis inside the Birch North Park Theatre (please note venue change) Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m. We want firm answers on their policy plans and getting to get to know the men behind the podiums.

With that in mind, we’re asking for your help. What would you ask the candidates? We want the questions you aren’t going to hear anywhere else. These can be personal icebreakers or political ballbusters — we want to throw the contenders off their campaign game.

Leave your questions at The Plaza. We’ll collect those and highlight our favorites over the coming weeks leading up to Nov. 5, and Scott will use a few on the big night.

We’d also really love to hear from you. That’s why we’re extending this to Instagram’s handy video service. Just record yourself asking your question, and include the hashtag #noBSmayor in the caption. We’ll search for that hashtag and include your video in our roundup posts. (For added insurance that we see your submission, you can mention us in your post, too – @voiceofsandiego.)

Don’t want to talk on camera? Snap a hipster-filtered photo of your question written out if you so desire. Just don’t forget #noBSmayor.

Check out Scott’s submission below, and follow suit, San Diego.

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Catherine Green

Catherine Green

Catherine Green is deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handles daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects. You can contact her directly at catherine.green@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5668. Follow her on Twitter: @c_s_green.

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Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin

I would like to see Mikes suggestion concerning having the debate about the city finances and pensions with the panelists being experts in the financial and pension actuary fields asking the questions.

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin subscribermember

I would like to see Mikes suggestion concerning having the debate about the city finances and pensions with the panelists being experts in the financial and pension actuary fields asking the questions.

Ari Isaak
Ari Isaak

Our current mayor Todd Gloria says “Infrastructure is the most important issue facing our City right now.” He created the Infrastructure Committee and committee chair Mark Kersey released the 2013 Infrastructure Committee Workplan. This plan seeks to find the total cost of the problems and prioritize projects through a rolling 5 year CIP. Most politicians (including many of your campaign websites) boast about fixing the most visible problem - our streets. While this is potentially most politically advantageous, street are prioritized to the detriment of the rest of our infrastructure as a whole. Do you commit to work hand-in-hand with the Infrastructure Committee on fulfilling the goals of the 2013 Infrastructure Committee Workplan? Do you support detailed conditions assessments of the City's assets to determine the full scope of the problem? Do you support a rolling 5-year CIP to fix the problem? Will you support a tax increase if the problem is found to be so large that it will not be solved without a large increase in revenue?

Ari Isaak
Ari Isaak subscribermember

Our current mayor Todd Gloria says “Infrastructure is the most important issue facing our City right now.” He created the Infrastructure Committee and committee chair Mark Kersey released the 2013 Infrastructure Committee Workplan. This plan seeks to find the total cost of the problems and prioritize projects through a rolling 5 year CIP. Most politicians (including many of your campaign websites) boast about fixing the most visible problem - our streets. While this is potentially most politically advantageous, street are prioritized to the detriment of the rest of our infrastructure as a whole. Do you commit to work hand-in-hand with the Infrastructure Committee on fulfilling the goals of the 2013 Infrastructure Committee Workplan? Do you support detailed conditions assessments of the City's assets to determine the full scope of the problem? Do you support a rolling 5-year CIP to fix the problem? Will you support a tax increase if the problem is found to be so large that it will not be solved without a large increase in revenue?

La Playa Heritage
La Playa Heritage

When will the City, Port, Convention Center, Civic San Diego (former CCDC), North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP) ask our State Geologist John Parrish for help in confirming or denying active faulting on public State Tidelands? The State needs permission from the City in order to step in to force conformance with State laws. In order to get FREE professional help from the State Geologist John Parrish on conformance with the Seismic Hazard Mapping Act (SHMA); or Attorney General Kamala Harris on the unconstitutional financing scheme based upon the private Hoteliers ownership of our public State Tidelands through a Mellos Roos district, the City has to request help in writing. . www.tinyurl.com/20130926 . Will you ask for help from the State Lands Commission, California Geological Survey (CGS), Attorney General Kamala Harris, Caltrans, SANDAG, etc. before you give away the farm to private interests to privatize profits and socialize losses as part of the Port Master Plan Amendment?

La Playa Heritage
La Playa Heritage subscribermember

When will the City, Port, Convention Center, Civic San Diego (former CCDC), North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP) ask our State Geologist John Parrish for help in confirming or denying active faulting on public State Tidelands? The State needs permission from the City in order to step in to force conformance with State laws. In order to get FREE professional help from the State Geologist John Parrish on conformance with the Seismic Hazard Mapping Act (SHMA); or Attorney General Kamala Harris on the unconstitutional financing scheme based upon the private Hoteliers ownership of our public State Tidelands through a Mellos Roos district, the City has to request help in writing. . www.tinyurl.com/20130926 . Will you ask for help from the State Lands Commission, California Geological Survey (CGS), Attorney General Kamala Harris, Caltrans, SANDAG, etc. before you give away the farm to private interests to privatize profits and socialize losses as part of the Port Master Plan Amendment?

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

Mike Aguirre - When city attorney, you had very contentious relationships with groups as diverse as the police unions and sunroad developers, and you had detractors from every corner of the political spectrum. Following the disaster that was Bob Filner, how do you plan to pull the city together, something you couldn't do as the bomb throwing city attorney? David Alvarez - You nominated Castellanos and spoke out on his behalf, then in what appeared to confuse many people sided with a scandal embroiled Filner to deny Castellanos the port appointment. Can you explain that in a way that makes you appear mayoral? Kevin Faulconer - You beat Gonzales in 2006. If I give you a stick would you beat her again? (OK, some democrat is going to have to come up with a real question for Faulconer, I got nothing) Nathan Fletcher - What party will you be in next year?

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

Mike Aguirre - When city attorney, you had very contentious relationships with groups as diverse as the police unions and sunroad developers, and you had detractors from every corner of the political spectrum. Following the disaster that was Bob Filner, how do you plan to pull the city together, something you couldn't do as the bomb throwing city attorney? David Alvarez - You nominated Castellanos and spoke out on his behalf, then in what appeared to confuse many people sided with a scandal embroiled Filner to deny Castellanos the port appointment. Can you explain that in a way that makes you appear mayoral? Kevin Faulconer - You beat Gonzales in 2006. If I give you a stick would you beat her again? (OK, some democrat is going to have to come up with a real question for Faulconer, I got nothing) Nathan Fletcher - What party will you be in next year?

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin

Like your positions Mike but "was instrumental in getting alcohol banned at the beach." Was a simple pleasure of mine like forever which was taken away because of an incident of which there were already laws on the books to deal with. Now the beach you have the police showing up sticking a flashlight sensor in your drink. Real nice. Cut the foot off because of a sore toe.

Michael Aguirre
Michael Aguirre

Jim thanks for your question. The police union issued an apology for bringing a frivolous lawsuit against me. The Sunroad developers defined the safety rules and I was asked by the State Dept of Transportation to reduce the "too tall" building to a safe height. The Wall Street Journal referred to me as a Garden at a Skunk party in recognition of the effort I made to clear up the pension mess. Remember the Mayor resigned, three council members were under criminal indictment and city officials were under both criminal and SEC investigations. The City Manger resigned as did the top financial staff after it was learned they had been cooking the books. As City Attorney i managed the de la Fuete case to victory saving the city over $100 million. Our office recovered money against the former auditor, outside financial advisers, and outside actuary. I rebuilt the staff of the office and many of the attorneys I hired remain. I supported Manged Competition and was instrumental in getting alcohol banned at the beach. Our attorneys did all of the legal work for the change to the strong mayor form of government. Our defense of the Sunroad case was eventually victorious. Had we implemented the pension reforms our pension would have been on a sound actuarial footing, and it would be there for future workers. The opponents of my proposed reforms carried out a very energetic campaign of disinformation. However, I also made mistakes. I spent too much time attacking the people responsible for the problems rather than staying focused on the problem. Former Mayor Dick Murphy put it best to me "Attack the problem not the people" I will admit i was upset with those who put our city in the financial tailspin we are still coping with, but I should have been more disciplined. Thank you very much for your question, and I hope to earn you respect as we move forward. Mike .

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin subscribermember

Like your positions Mike but "was instrumental in getting alcohol banned at the beach." Was a simple pleasure of mine like forever which was taken away because of an incident of which there were already laws on the books to deal with. Now the beach you have the police showing up sticking a flashlight sensor in your drink. Real nice. Cut the foot off because of a sore toe.

Michael Aguirre
Michael Aguirre subscriber

Jim thanks for your question. The police union issued an apology for bringing a frivolous lawsuit against me. The Sunroad developers defined the safety rules and I was asked by the State Dept of Transportation to reduce the "too tall" building to a safe height. The Wall Street Journal referred to me as a Garden at a Skunk party in recognition of the effort I made to clear up the pension mess. Remember the Mayor resigned, three council members were under criminal indictment and city officials were under both criminal and SEC investigations. The City Manger resigned as did the top financial staff after it was learned they had been cooking the books. As City Attorney i managed the de la Fuete case to victory saving the city over $100 million. Our office recovered money against the former auditor, outside financial advisers, and outside actuary. I rebuilt the staff of the office and many of the attorneys I hired remain. I supported Manged Competition and was instrumental in getting alcohol banned at the beach. Our attorneys did all of the legal work for the change to the strong mayor form of government. Our defense of the Sunroad case was eventually victorious. Had we implemented the pension reforms our pension would have been on a sound actuarial footing, and it would be there for future workers. The opponents of my proposed reforms carried out a very energetic campaign of disinformation. However, I also made mistakes. I spent too much time attacking the people responsible for the problems rather than staying focused on the problem. Former Mayor Dick Murphy put it best to me "Attack the problem not the people" I will admit i was upset with those who put our city in the financial tailspin we are still coping with, but I should have been more disciplined. Thank you very much for your question, and I hope to earn you respect as we move forward. Mike .