Monday, February 10, 2014

News for the last day of campaigning for San Diego Mayor

Last week, it was San Diego election news with one week to go.  Now it's election news with one day to go, as the final day for voting is tomorrow.

If it moves, it leads, so San Diego Mayoral Candidates' Personal Finances from KPBS comes first.

San Diego mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer are both city councilmen, and so they both get paid about $75,000 a year. KPBS reporter Claire Trageser talks to Evening Edition about where the similarities between the two men's finances end.
The accompanying article continues:
Faulconer owns a more expensive home and has a bigger mortgage than Alvarez; Faulconer’s wife earns a lot more money than Alvarez's wife; and Faulconer’s pre-City Council salary was bigger than Alvarez's. Kevin Faulconer is 47, 14 years older than David Alvarez, so he's also had more time to make more money.

The next mayor will be in charge of the city’s $2.7 billion budget, and will make money-related decisions for the city constantly. Each candidate emphasizes his financial acumen, saying he’s the right fiscal leader for the city. And each candidate uses his own background and life story as campaign material. For all of these reasons, KPBS and inewsource dug into the two men's financial backgrounds.
Follow over the jump for more from KPBS.

San Diego Mayoral Race Down To The Wire: David Alvararez

The race is getting down to the wire, with less than a week to go, and San Diegans are getting deluged with political ads and commercials.
President Obama Endorses Alvarez In San Diego Mayor’s Race
By Claire Trageser
Originally published February 8, 2014 at 5:19 p.m., updated February 8, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.
President Barack Obama weighed in on the San Diego mayor's race Saturday, endorsing fellow Democrat David Alvarez.
"As a native San Diegan, David Alvarez has been a fierce advocate for his city, and on the Council, has led efforts to build a strong middle class, put neighborhoods first and expand opportunities for kids in and out of school," Obama said in a statement. "Today, with the city’s economy and neighborhoods poised to make progress there is no question that David is the right choice to be San Diego’s next mayor and I am excited to support him.”

Alvarez called the endorsement "truly an honor."
Their Candidate Under Attack, Labor Responds With Barrage Of Negative Ads In Mayor’s Race
By Joe Yerardi
Originally published February 7, 2014 at 7:11 a.m., updated February 7, 2014 at 9:43 a.m.
If the business-backed Lincoln Club has a liberal foil this election, it’s Working Families for a Better San Diego, a committee established in September by organized labor.

The committee is responsible for the overwhelming majority of funds available to the pro-David Alvarez camp and has spent aggressively since the start of the race.
Roundtable: Tactics, Turnout And Money In San Diego Mayor's Race
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
Friday, February 7, 2014
A recent UT/10News poll shows Kevin Faulconer leading the San Diego race for mayor by a comfortable margin. But zip on over to the Democratic Party poll, and David Alvarez is ever-so-slightly ahead. Say, what?

The difference depends on where the polling was done, how the questions were asked, and, some say, on who commissioned it.
San Diego Mayor Vote Expected To Draw 50 Percent Of Registered Voters
By City News Service
Friday, February 7, 2014
The race for San Diego mayor headed into its final weekend on Friday with Kevin Faulconer picking up support from the leaders of seven local cities and a group of black officers breaking with the San Diego Police Officers Association to endorse his opponent, David Alvarez.

Tuesday's election will determine who fills the nearly three years remaining in the term of Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace Aug. 30.

Faulconer and Alvarez won the most votes in a Nov. 19 special election, but neither received the more than 50 percent needed for an outright victory.
Study: San Diego Mayor’s Race Will Be Tight
By City News Service
Monday, February 3, 2014
Though early returns of absentee ballots put Councilman Kevin Faulconer in the driver's seat for the Feb. 11 runoff election for San Diego mayor, the race will be close, according to a study released Monday.
The Race For San Diego's Next Mayor

A strong Democratic turnout on Election Day will be needed for his opponent, Councilman David Alvarez, to win, said Vince Vasquez, author of the report for the National University System Institute for Policy Research, a San Diego-based think tank.

He based his conclusion on data gathered from the November special election, in which Faulconer gained the most votes and Alvarez nosed out Nathan Fletcher, and compared them with returns of absentee ballots for the second round of voting.
San Diego Mayoral Race Down To The Wire: Kevin Faulconer

It's countdown to the San Diego mayoral race — candidate Kevin Faulconer joins us to discuss everything from the city's infrastructure to campaign ads. David Alvarez joins Evening Edition on Friday.
Former San Diego Mayoral Candidate Aguirre Makes Right Turn, Endorsing Faulconer
By Sandhya Dirks
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is weighing in on which of the two councilmen still in the running to be San Diego’s next mayor should make the move to the 11th floor at City Hall.

Aguirre is a Democrat who ran against both candidates, David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, in the special election. He lost, coming in a distant fourth.

Now Aguirre says he thinks Republican Kevin Faulconer should take the helm.
Latino Groups Accuse Conservative Organization Of Using Racist Mailers Against Alvarez
By Sandhya Dirks
Originally published February 5, 2014 at 6 a.m., updated February 5, 2014 at 10:56 a.m.
A lot of trees have gone into campaigning for San Diego’s special mayoral election. So many political mailers clog up our mailboxes that they tend to blur together; the positive ones a flurry of testaments to unity and pothole fixing, and the negative ones: mostly unflattering and photoshopped images of the opposed candidate.

But one mailer stands out, at least to a couple of groups of national and statewide Latino activists. The organizations and the Courage Campaign have said a recent mailer sent out by the conservative-leaning Lincoln Club is using subtle images of mayoral candidate City Councilman David Alvarez to suggest that he is a gang member.

In the mailer, unflattering photographs of a scowling Alvarez are photoshopped onto the body of a guy flashing what some say is a gang sign and gripping a giant wad of cash.
Next week will be the post-mortem.  After that, I may not return to San Diego until May, when the campaigning for the June primary comes down to the wire.

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