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Let’s start today’s Café off with a little fun.

I was playing a bit of a parlor game with some fellow local-politics junkies, talking about past San Diego mayors and what familiar family character they would be, based on their image and legacy.

Here’s what we came up with:

Roger Hedgecock: The cool uncle who runs with a bad crowd. You want to blame the bad crowd when Uncle Roger gets into trouble, but you suspect he was the ringleader.

Maureen O’Connor: The studious sister who goes away to college in Vermont and comes home the first break filled with idealistic fervor. Thanksgiving dinner is tense when she starts talking about the cruelties endured by farmed turkeys.

Susan Golding: The social-climbing stepmother who blows through the savings then plunges the family into credit card debt trying to keep up appearances.

Dick Murphy: The dad who has plans for a lot of building projects around the house, except that he doesn’t know how to build stuff, refuses to read the directions, and resorts to duct tape a lot.

Mayor Sanders: What do you think? I have some ideas, but first I’d like to hear yours.

RACHEL LAING

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