In predicting certain national shifts, San Diego’s been a bit of a political trendsetter.

So says Jen Jacobs, who owns Sunshine Strategy and has been a political operative in tons of campaigns throughout her career. Jacobs was instrumental in getting Kevin Faulconer elected to City Council and has a lengthy resume hustlin’ in San Diego politics.

Jacobs pointed to the city’s efforts in pension reform, keeping taxes and business regulations low and becoming environmentally sensitive as evidence that San Diego’s a model for the rest of the country. What’s more, Jacobs said, those efforts have come from Republicans.

We talked with Jacobs about redefining primaries, what journalists get wrong about campaigns and her predictions for statewide ballot measures and thoughts on the presidential election next year.

Also on the show: tumbleweeds in the Democrat candidate pool for 2016, and why SDPD is Hero of the Week while (former?) Chula Vista Council aide Derrick Roach is the Goat.

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Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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