It was a bit of a coup when a coalition of southeastern San Diego pastors endorsed Kevin Faulconer for mayor. One of those pastors, Don Connelly in Encanto, told us he’d been pretty happy with Faulconer so far – with a one big caveat.
Early on in his State of the City address last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer called out three neighborhoods that have had historically poor emergency response, but benefited from new programs.
During his State of the City speech, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said, “All neighborhoods should reap the benefits of San Diego’s success.” So far, southeastern San Diego’s District 8 has in no way been granted access to those benefits.
Saying Faulconer did not take major stands in his speech is not the same as saying that he didn’t include many good things. Here are three big ones.
In a speech designed to cement San Diego’s reputation as a world-class city, Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined his vision for 2015. To get the biggest bang for taxpayers’ buck, the city needs to hustle on infrastructure, open data and a few other key areas.
No bold policy proposals here. Mayor Kevin Faulconer approached his first State of the City address as San Diego’s non-controversial cheerleader in chief, a role he’s embraced during his 10 months as mayor.
It’d be refreshing to see a leader just be honest that he doesn’t want to give the Chargers what they’re demanding and tell them they’re free to leave.
Carl DeMaio warned fellow members of his party to offer some kind of alternative to a minimum wage hike that would resonate with the working poor. But so far, San Diego Republicans have stopped short of offering a vision for what they’d do to help lift people out of poverty.
Kevin Faulconer is blaming the city’s lawyers and its auditor for his public records failings. But ultimately he’s the only one stopping himself from keeping his promises.
The deal is monumental in what it proposes, notable because there’s no organized opposition and mundane for being yet another step in proving San Diegans are cool with a new water future.