One. Day. Left.

With less than 24 hours until Election Day gets under way, you’re probably ready for it all to be over. But are you ready to decide on 14 local ballot measures, 17 state propositions and all the head-to-head races? Whether you just need to brush up on an issue or two or have been avoiding learning about anything, we’ve got you covered.

I put together this final cram session, which runs down the lion’s share of our political coverage from the past few months. You can also go straight to our local ballot guide, or re-listen to our podcast covering the state ballot measures.

Over the weekend, I listed out a few of the most common Election Day cliches that get tossed around in political coverage. Feel free to use them to assemble your own game of Election Cliche Bingo or Cliche Drinking Game.

More election news from the weekend:

• The Union-Tribune’s endorsements this cycle have been … interesting. It endorsed, for example, both Rep. Darrell Issa and Hillary Clinton. What? Editorial director Matt Hall sheds some light on the endorsement process in a Q-and-A. (The piece doesn’t say who’s conducting the “Q” part of the Q-and-A, so now I’m dying to know whether Hall was actually asking these questions to himself.)

• The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego has denounced the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Old Town, after a leaflet distributed to churchgoers calling it a “sin” to vote Democrat made national news, and the debacle even appeared on the latest “Saturday Night Live.” (Reuters, Union Tribune)

Homicides Up in City, County

There’s been a lot of news lately about an uptick of violence south of the border, in Tijuana.

But it turns out it’s been a bloody year in the city of San Diego, and in the county as a whole. There have been 28 homicides in areas covered by the Sheriff’s Department, the highest rate in a decade. And the city of San Diego has already seen more homicides than in all of 2015, NBC San Diego reports.

“We do already have more homicides this year as we did last year so that is a concern. But the city of San Diego had the lowest homicide rate per capita the last two years of any major city,” Zimmerman said, according to NBC.

• Monday will mark the first day Carlsbad police will be among the ranks of law enforcement officials using body-worn cameras. Though the city has an 11-page policy outlining how and when the cameras should be used, it sounds like some of the provisions are a bit vague — the Union-Tribune reports that the policy says officers should turn on their cameras “anytime they believe ‘it would be appropriate or valuable to record an incident,’ including ‘all anticipated enforcement actions and investigative contacts.’”

San Diego had to alter its body-camera policy to make clear officers should turn the cameras on before arriving on a scene likely to involve an enforcement contact, after an officer who fatally shot a mentally ill man failed to record the incident.

Impact as Far as the Eye Can C

If you watched the Chargers game on Sunday, the final one before Election Day, you know there was almost as much banter about Measure C as there was about the Chargers’ play and the team’s staggering list of injured players.

Most folks seem to see the same thing in the tea leaves: that the team won’t get two-thirds of the vote on Tuesday, and instead will be looking to see whether they get enough votes to compel them to stay in town and keep negotiating. Whatever happens, the consequences will ripple beyond San Diego, writes Sam Farmer at the L.A. Times:

“The NFL is nervous, trying to regain its equilibrium as TV numbers continue to slip. With the Raiders eyeing Las Vegas and the Chargers contemplating L.A., fresh off the Rams’ leaving St. Louis, the league could be dealing with the simultaneous raw wounds of three abandoned markets. That’s not good for business, especially at what is already a tenuous time.”

• No matter what happens with Measure C, I am crossing my fingers that we can start including women in big civic conversations. Here’s a Measure C pic from this weekend, and it’s yet another stage full of men, just like it has been throughout the Chargers’ campaign.

Meb’s Last Run

On a recent VOSD podcast, Scott Lewis and Andy Keatts named Tony Hawk, Tony Gwynn and Bill Walton as San Diego’s favorite sports sons. Certainly Junior Seau is on the list as well. And so is Olympian Meb Keflezighi, the Olympic marathoner. Keflezighi had a disappointing race in Rio back in August. But his Boston Marathon victory in 2014, which gave the country an American victory in the first running of the race following the bombing, is one of my favorite sports moments of all time. He tweeted on Sunday that next year’s New York City Marathon will be his last.

Sara Libby

Sara Libby was VOSD’s managing editor until 2021. She oversaw VOSD’s newsroom and content.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.