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I love my neighborhood — I live on Florida Street between University and Lincoln — but with the challenges facing renters in the District 3, I was lucky to find an apartment.

I had to move out of my apartment at Eighth and Washington when it was converted to condominiums a few years back. I moved into an apartment near Adams and 30th and lived there for one year before it, too, was converted to condominiums. Then I moved here. A year or so ago, I was stunned when I received the notice that the application process had begun to convert this place into condominiums, too. Fortunately, the owner is taking things slowly now that the market has cooled off.

In addition to the affordable housing crunch, there are so many other challenges facing District 3, from potholes to crime to parks and open space.

I got involved in journalism to shine a light on issues like these, and now I’m running for City Council to take these issues on and make San Diego an even better place to live in. I am honored that more than a hundred people have already pledged their support of my campaign.

Most of the people I know are committed to the idea that everyone should have an opportunity for a good quality of life and that city government is where the rubber hits the road (or the pothole.)

I was a radio news reporter and news director for many years. I covered municipal government extensively and that showed me the importance of people having faith in their government — faith that here in San Diego has been badly frayed after fiscal crisis and scandal. Now I am proud to serve as the Public Affairs Manager for American Red Cross Blood Services in San Diego.

A lifelong Democrat and progressive activist, I recently finished my third term as president of the San Diego Democratic Club, which advocates particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. I currently serve on the board of the Greater North Park Community Planning Committee. I am committed to revitalizing our neighborhoods and building a city that we can have pride in.

I would love to hear that you will join our grassroots campaign, and I welcome your questions and your comments.

Thanks very much for your consideration. Until the next post.

STEPHEN WHITBURN

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