Don Bauder 7:30 a.m., April 23
Aguirre wants secure water supply, lower electric rates, infrastructure upgrade
If no politician addresses these crucial issues, he will run for mayor
NBC Channel 7 reported tonight that former City Attorney Mike Aguirre will run for mayor. The station is jumping the gun. "I have not made a definitive decision," he says.
Aguirre told me tonight that there are three critical issues for San Diego: 1. Getting a secure source of water: "Ninety percent of our water is imported, and nobody is addressing that," he says; 2. Getting electricity prices down. "San Diego has the highest rates in the nation. The City should have direct negotiations with San Diego Gas & Electric" to bring those prices down; 3. Getting the infrastructure in shape: "We have to put together a plan to rebuild streets, alleys, bridges -- the infrastructure. Doing this will create remunerative jobs.
He also would like to see rooftop solar sweeping the City.
"I don't see anybody willing to go along with those issues," he says. If somebody like Donna Frye would step forward and address these issues, then Aguirre would step away.
I asked him about the expansion of the convention center and the subsidizing of a billion dollar stadiium for the Chargers, who are owned by a billionaire family. "I believe in the greatest good for the greatest number of people," he says. Spending precious money on projects that benefit a small number of already-wealthy people does not serve that purpose, he says.