Tuesday, January 28, 2014

San Diego election news leftovers

I realized that I had two election stories from Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (California Drought Emergency) on Daily Kos that didn't make it into Debate, endorsements, and a poll from KPBS in San Diego because they weren't about the current San Diego Mayoral election.  However, one of the stories involves one of the candidates for Mayor, David Alvarez, and the other mentions a candidate for mayor of another city, Imperial Beach.  They aren't big stories, but in the interest of completeness, here they are.

Following the "if it moves, it leads" policy Open Government Ballot Measure To Go Before San Diego City Council from KPBS comes first.

An open government ballot measure that would require more government records be available publicly will head to the City Council.
The accompanying article has more.
The city's Committee on Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations voted unanimously to forward the ballot measure to the full council. The council will have to decide by the end of January whether to put the measure on the June 3 ballot.

Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye, now president of open government advocacy organization Californians Aware, is sponsoring the measure and spoke in support of it at the committee meeting. She was joined by other open government advocates.

City Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez brought the ballot measure, which would change language in the City Charter to require more public access to government records, to the committee.
I'm all in favor of more open government, so I hope this ballot measure succeeds.

Next, Khari Johnson of Patch.com reported Environmentalist To Run For Mayor Of Imperial Beach via KPBS
Serge Dedina, an environmentalist, of Imperial Beach announced plans to run for Mayor of Imperial Beach Wednesday.

A Candidate Intention Statement was submitted to City Clerk Jacqueline Hald last week. No other candidates have filed paperwork to state their intention to run for mayor, Hald said.

The 49-year-old former lifeguard grew up surfing in Imperial Beach. In 2000 he co-founded conservation and environmental group WILDCOAST. As a teenager he was appointed to the Youth Advisory Committee by then Mayor Brian Bilbray.

"This is the city I grew up in and where I hope to retire and die someday," he said.
Good luck, Serge.  I hope you succeed, too.  I think there need to be more environmentalists in government, too.

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