La Jolla Light
recently met with congressional candidate Lori Saldaña to discuss her bid to represent San Diego in the newly redrawn 52nd District. Interviews with the remaining candidates in the race — Republicans John Stahl and Wayne Iverson — will follow in next week’s edition of the
- Interviews with Democrat Scott Peters, which ran in the Jan. 12 edition, and Republican Brian Bilbray, which ran in the Jan. 19 edition, can be viewed
By Pat Sherman
Native San Diegan and former Bird Rock resident Lori Saldaña was a member of the California state Assembly from 2004 to 2010, representing the 76th District (which includes a sliver of Bird Rock).
Saldaña, a Democrat whose father served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a reporter for the San Diego
, was raised in Clairemont, where she currently resides. She earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master’s degree in education from San Diego State University.
After college, Saldaña went on to teach business information technology for the San Diego Community College District, where she also managed Department of Labor grants used for student technical training.
Saldaña has distinguished herself as a champion of environmental causes. From 1992-1994, she chaired the San Diego Wetlands Advisory board, and in 1999, President Clinton appointed her to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission’s advisory council.
In 2007, Saldaña was named Legislator of the Year by Californians Against Waste for her legislation regarding E-waste. She also co-authored the state’s Million Dollar Solar Initiative and the Global Warming Solutions Act. She was appointed assembly speaker pro tem and served as chair of the bipartisan California Women’s Legislative Caucus.
Saldaña has been endorsed by seven Democratic Clubs, including those in La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Rancho Santa Fe. She also has received endorsements from the American Federation of Teachers, Congress members Karen Bass and Judy Chu, former San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye, current City Council members Marti Emerald and Tony Young, San Diego School Board President Richard Barrera, State Controller John Chiang and State Senator Mark Leno.
La Jolla Light
recently met with Saldaña to discuss her candidacy and plans for the 52nd District. To read the interview in its entirety, visit lajollalight.com.
La Jolla Light: Please tell us something about your ties to La Jolla?
I was born in La Jolla, at what was originally Scripps (Memorial) Hospital on Prospect Street, so I felt like I had come home to be able to live in (Bird Rock), a neighborhood just a few miles from the hospital where I was born. Walking the bike path that connects Bird Rock to the Village, I started watching the infill happening there, in that open space area along the bike path.
I watched the development (in Bird Rock) just as it was getting started, when they turned the old hotel on the bluff into the high rise condos. It was a very charming neighborhood at the time I was there, but I knew that the community planning group was working very hard, during very difficult economic times back in the ‘90s, to put in what is there now — the roundabouts, the different parking — and it’s really transformed. In the 10 years since I’ve been gone, it’s amazing how it’s transformed that little community.