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The GOP Dominates (Redistricting Helped): Last year, Republicans lost their cool attacking the Redistricting Commission. The city was adding a new City Council district, and redrawing all the lines. The process went on and liberal groups worked to accommodate people of color and the LGBT community. And by the end of the process, Republicans were just fine with how things turned out. As Vlad Kogan pointed out this week, it may be because progressives trying to please their coalition may have left themselves in a permanent minority even though they have a registration and vote advantage.
As I wrote this week, it’s very hard to find anything the Republicans sought in Tuesday’s election and did not get. The party faced a big existential threat and crushed it. Had Nathan Fletcher advanced as an independent candidate, the value proposition of political parties would have been in doubt. Others would have imagined being elected officials without conforming to parties.
But that’s not going to happen, at least for a while. The new coalition the Republicans have built is unrivaled.
You Won’t Have the Classic San Diego Moderate to Kick Around: San Diego has long had a tradition of electing moderate, often center-right, mayors. That won’t be an option this year with Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner headed for the November runoff election. Voters eschewed the two candidates, Nathan Fletcher and Bonnie Dumanis, who more easily fit the mold set down before them by mayors like Jerry Sanders, Dick Murphy and Susan Golding. “If current Mayor Jerry Sanders reminds you of your kindly uncle, then DeMaio and Filner are your cranky cousins,” Liam Dillon wrote in his Election Night analysis.
• DeMaio spent about $35 per vote compared to Filner’s $9 per vote, according to an analysis by Investigative Newsource.
Lori Saldaña Is Not Easy to Beat: I remember the primary election in 2004. Lori Saldaña and her staff were beside themselves when she finished what was a shocking upset over two more established candidates to win the Democratic spot on the general election vote for Assembly. Then, in a brutal left-vs-right campaign that November, she topped her Republican rival. Now, she has very nearly overcome former City Council President Scott Peters in California’s 52nd District congressional race. By Friday, Peters’ margin over her had widened to 954 votes, less than 1 percent. He’ll likely face Republican Brian Bilbray in the fall but quite an impressive showing for the heavily outspent Saldaña.
Teachers Didn’t Find a Secret Stash: The San Diego teachers union announced Friday that it would open up negotiations on its contract in the face of devastating layoffs. In years’ past, the district or state had always managed to scrounge up the money to stave off big cuts at the last moment. But the union sent its beancounters in to pour over the district’s books and, contrary to what many had hoped, they evidently didn’t find the fat they were looking for.
“The move marks a significant change in tone for the union,” reports Will Carless.
Remember, even if teachers do forgo upcoming raises and agree to continue the shortened school year, no teacher will take a pay cut and many will still see a pay increase, as Carless discovered this week.
U-T Columnist Still Fired
“Don’t want to mislead anyone. HR call from U-T does not signal reconciliation. At this point, being ‘on vacation,’ seems mostly procedural,” he wrote.
Water Wars Continue: Water Authority Sues Met
The San Diego County Water Authority has filed another lawsuit against its hated partner, the behemoth Metropolitan Water District, according to the North County Times. The San Diego agency argues the Met has overcharged it.
For background, remember to review Rob Davis’ five takeaways in the agencies’ mutual animus.
Quick News Hits
• Our news partner NBC 7 San Diego is offering nonprofits a chance to apply for one of three grants that will total $100,000. The money would support programs the nonprofits are doing that “are moving our community forward” with new and innovative efforts.
• San Diego spends more on arts than cities of similar size, a study cited by KPBS.
• Members: With the Election Night madness, we put the weekly Member Report on hold this week. Back Wednesday. Thanks for all your positive feedback on it. If you want to sign up for our extremely well received version of a newsletter, you only need to become a member.
Top Comments of the Week
You had a lot to say this week. Dagny Salas has compiled the top reader comments of the week.
City Heights Officially Has Just One Councilmember
Now we’ll see if it works for the neighborhood that used to be part of multiple districts. That and more in this week’s roundup of news from our partnership Speak City Heights.
Quote(s!) of the Week: Special Election Edition
“I don’t know the issues!”
— A woman in Carmel Valley, upon being asked by reporter Keegan Kyle why she voted how she did. She ran to her car.
“How does John DeLorean really follow up the DeLorean with anything else? You have a really cool car, but then what do you do next?”
— Ron Nehring, a Dumanis consultant on Nathan Fletcher’s boost after leaving the Republican Party.
“You do everything you can to ward off gravity. But eventually, everything always hits the ground.”
— Jennifer Tierney, Bonnie Dumanis’ political consultant, on the failure of moderate candidates in the mayor’s race.
“I’m going surfing.”
— Fletcher said on his future. “Beyond that I don’t know.”
“I do think it definitively ends the pension crisis.”
— Mayor Jerry Sanders on Prop. B.