The La Jolla Light endorses DeMaio, Ellis and Peters in the Nov. 6 election
In 18 days, if you haven’t already voted by mail, you’ll be asked to cast your vote for a variety of candidates vying for an assortment of public-service offices. You’ll also be asked to vote your stance on a list of 11 propositions — most of them dealing with taxes — in the California General Election on Tuesday. Nov. 6.
Do you know which candidates you want to represent you in San Diego? In the state capitol? In Washington D.C.? Do you know how you will vote on the propositions? The voter guide for this election has 125 pages of dense description about them.
Like it or not, it’s time to do your homework so you can be an informed voter; the stakes are too high to leave the choices to others!
For your consideration, the La Jolla Light, has made endorsements for seats in the offices representing our home front.
• San Diego voters have a clear choice for mayor: One candidate represents the city’s best chance for a forward-moving future, the other an opportunity to take several steps into the past.
Carl DeMaio is, without a doubt, the best qualified to lead San Diego. He has effectively represented District 5 on the City Council since 2008. He is a self-proclaimed watchdog intent on eliminating waste and fraud in the city and in reforming its pension fund.
His guidelines for a better San Diego are included in his “Roadmap to Recovery,” a step-by-step plan for balancing the budget, reforming the pension system, fixing crumbling infrastructure and restoring ethics and accountability to every level of city government. He boils down his vision to three key words: “pensions, potholes and prosperity.”
Along the way DeMaio has picked up both supporters and critics. Many of the latter are connected to San Diego’s organized labor movement, who fear their members who work for the city will be hurt by pension plan reforms. These labor interests support Bob Filner, DeMaio’s opponent in the contest for mayor.
The San Diego City Council, under the able leadership of Mayor Jerry Sanders, has made great strides toward restoring stability and trust in our municipal government. Sanders has endorsed DeMaio as the best candidate to continue moving forward. We wholeheartedly agree.
• In the contest for City Council District 1 representative — our first-responder for La Jolla, the Village and community-wide issues — we’re choosing Ray Ellis over incumbent Sherri Lightner.
Though Lightner promised to take our neighborhoods to city hall — and has done so — she left our neighborhood issues on the steps of city hall. Was the voice of La Jolla ever really heard downtown? We still have crumbling streets and sidewalks, water mains breaking, police and fire department vacancies, neglected palm trees falling over, antiquated lifeguard stands on our beaches, and traffic volumes at speeds whizzing out-of-control.
Though Lightner is a hard-worker who is beloved and supported by many and has the best intentions for her community, she hasn’t built the coalitions in city hall that are needed to get things done. And to say La Jollans are frustrated over the decline of their once-sparkling jewel is a polite understatement. Her 11th-hour project updates to advisory groups this fall came too little, too late.
Ellis, on the other hand, has built partnerships and coalitions through his business dealings and public service. His negotiation skills and business acumen will lead to the type of representation we need on the city council at this pivotal time in San Diego history.
In debate after debate, Ellis points to his work on the Balboa Park Conservancy, the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System board, and his involvement with the passage of Prop B, the initiative to switch new city hires to 401(k)-style plans, as examples of how he has already helped the city.
Both candidates did incredible jobs during the debate hosted by the Light on Sept. 19, but in the end, after watching their performance in repeated debates, Ellis had many plans and ideas that resonanted with us, while Lightner’s vision and plea for another four years came up short.
• For U.S. Representative in District 52, we support Scott Peters over incumbent Brian Bilbray. Though Bilbray has served in the House for 12 years, his career lacks luster. Bilbray is chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. With these groups gridlocked over tempestuous issues, a consensus builder willing to “cross the aisle” with new ideas and no party agenda is needed.
Scott Peters promises to be that kind of representative and we believe him. We’ve watched Peters learn tough economic lessons on the city council and now as chair of the San Diego Port District’s Board of Commissioners. In an interview with the Light, Peters said, “I will take San Diego with me to Washington in my heart and that’s what I really think I’m working for. I’m going to make sure that I’ll always be working for San Diego while I’m there. While I’m talking to everybody, I’ll remember why I came.”
We will hold Peters to his words and remain watchful.
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