Scott Lewis (scottlewis)
The two most powerful coalitions in local politics — the right-of-center business Republicans and the largest labor unions — were both spending and working to persuade voters that Nathan Fletcher simply could not be trusted.
A former Sanders official said a big solar company wouldn't have come to San Diego if the affordable housing fee increase that just passed had been in place. But a company spokeswoman says it would have come regardless.
The money collected create only a few of the tens of thousands of housing units planners think San Diego needs in the next two decades and that's an admission that the market will have to do the rest.
In reality, nearly 23 percent of San Diego households fall below the poverty line. Plus, the city's independent budget analyst calls the affordable housing fee increase excessive, and the U-T snaps up eight community papers.
A new mailer claims Kevin Faulconer "helped bring leaders together from the community and nearly every level of government to keep Solar Turbines in San Diego." That may be. But five years earlier, Faulconer helped create the reason Solar Turbines felt threatened in the first place.
Of all the things former Mayor Jerry Sanders did, perhaps the most memorable was the tearful speech he gave when he announced he had changed his mind and would not veto a resolution the City Council had adopted supporting same-sex marriage. Video of the speech went viral across the country. Times were different then. This was a Republican and the stand was remarkable and compelling. A controversial case was in front of courts and the city was going to officially send a letter.