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Jerry Sanders is in the final hours of his term as mayor.
We kept a catalog of his promises and went through them one by one in a simple list to see how they turned out.
On one hand, “the city is making good on its retirement payments, improved its budget picture and has put a series of serious, embarrassing and costly financial investigations behind it,” writes our Liam Dillon.
However, we “have far too little information about the services their city provides and infrastructure problems remain immense.”
With “infrastructure” we’re talking about streets and sidewalks, water pipes and sewage systems, and more.
• In a separate post, Sanders talked with Dillon about his term. He has a few boasts, a confession of a blunder (the messy Sunroad scandal) and a few less-than-complimentary things to say about the guy who’ll take over the reins of the city today.
• Sanders told Dillon he didn’t like being a politician. No kidding. It seemed obvious that he did not like the job, writes our contributor, Andrew Donohue.
“There was a certain incoherence throughout the Sanders years. One day things were great. The next they were horrible,” he writes.
Now, the New Mayor
The U-T has a Q&A with Mayor-Elect Bob Filner.
• Filner has a breakback schedule today traversing the city to special inaugural events. As NBC 7’s Paul Krueger noted, it will be impressive if he can pull it off. “He’ll be going from one to the other, north to south, every 30 mins.”
• The other day, Filner stopped by to say hi to a man who did everything he possibly could to keep him from being mayor, U-T CEO John Lynch (and he got a photo).
• This weekend, though, Lynch’s paper offered an extremely sympathetic and extensive profile of Lorena Gonzalez, the labor leader that was the Democrats’ “not so secret” weapon in the great 2012 election sweep.
• The U-T also offered several ways to remind Filner that he should still follow its priorities, including this op-ed from Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who is probably the closest thing to a leader of the opposition that we can find in city government.
But Faulconer’s open letter to Filner produced some serious snark from Gonzalez top political deputy, Evan McLaughlin: “Wait. A lame duck councilman scared out of the [mayor’s] race by the eventual loser is giving the new mayor advice?”
Enjoy the exchange this prompted with Republican Party chief, Tony Krvaric.
Xolos Are Champions
Tijuana’s Xoloitzcuintles (pronounced show-low-eets-QUEENT-lace) soccer team has won Mexico’s top sports championship.
The U-T’s story, by Mark Zeigler, is worth a read. “Tijuana can stop pinching itself. It really happened,” he writes.
His and his colleagues’ attention on the big deal below the border apparently miffed longtime sports columnist Nick Canepa, who tweeted to them “We are making far too big a deal out of this.”
• Tijuana went nuts (Spanish).
• Xoloitzcuintles, or Xolos, are little hairless dogs, by the way. But as KPBS’ Erin Siegal pointed out, sometimes they have natural mohawks.
Something Wicked This Way Wafts
Want to catch up on all the fuss (and pinched noses)? Watch the latest edition of San Diego Explained, our video series with NBC San Diego. You can also visit our latest roundup of coverage, including comments and the word from a columnist who couldn’t sniff out the cause of all the brouhaha.
Meanwhile, the U-T reports that regulators say the city hasn’t yet given them a plan about what to do about the stench. Have folks been too been distracted by the prospect of red tape, and demands that it be vanquished, to actually submit a plan?
Bilbray’s Election Post-Mortem
“Nothing in particular went wrong for me,” Brian Bilbray told the U-T. “Sometimes a wave closes out. The tide goes in, the tide goes out and this was just a natural progression.”
Romney Tends to Wounds in La Jolla
A restaurant meal on Thanksgiving? That’s sacrilege to some. But it’s not unheard-of for us, nor for another quirky local family: the Romneys. With family packing their La Jolla home, they ordered turkey dinner from the Boston Market chain, the Washington Post reports.
What else is he up to? Pals tell the paper that “Romney’s rapid retreat into seclusion has been marked by repressed emotions, second-guessing and, perhaps for the first time in the overachiever’s adult life, sustained boredom.”
Seems to me that sustained boredom requires more than 3-4 weeks to be diagnosed.
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