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Today's (February 9) New York Times features a story on Tuesday's San Diego election. The publication Politico did the same February 5. Both articles stress the populist approach of David Alvarez combatting the business-oriented slant of Kevin Faulconer.

The Times quotes Jerry Sanders, former mayor and now head of the local chamber of commerce, saying, "If we lose this, I think it's really problematic for the Republican Party. The rest of the state has already been lost."

The Times depicts the race as a fight for San Diego's political soul: "For years, residents here have picked moderate Republicans who have the backing of city developers, transforming downtown into a model of urban redevelopment…. But many Democrats argue that the powerful, business-focused elite have neglected and ignored working-class neighborhoods outside the city's center, creating a sprawling urban area divided sharply by class."

"People are really tired of only the wealthy benefiting from city works," Alvarez tells the Times, which points out that one-third of the city's population is now Latino, up from one-fifth in 1990.

Faulconer "has played down his lifelong Republican identity, instead focusing on his work on the environment and local parks," says the Times, which notes the large amount of outside labor money that is backing Alvarez.

Politico characterizes the race as "a youthful Democrat stumping on inequality and inclusion and a more seasoned Republican emphasizing moderation and competence with the government ledger."

Former mayor Pete Wilson says he is "fervently" backing Faulconer because Alvarez would be beholden to labor, particularly public employee unions.

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shirleyberan Feb. 9, 2014 @ 4:41 p.m.

May be partly John McCain to blame for crazy Republican image with that lame choice of a "pit bull with lipstick" running mate a few years ago. One of the most humorous is Glen Beck making imaginary connections to subjects on his chalkboard of proof, poof, it's magic. The extreme right really know how to embarass themselves and hopefully that will keep the elete out of public office. The rest of the state is already doing better, Jerry.


Don Bauder Feb. 9, 2014 @ 6:58 p.m.

shirleyberan: Yes, the Republicans have a problem with the huge ideological gap between moderates and Tea Partiers. This is not to say that Democrats don't have problems, too. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Feb. 9, 2014 @ 6:56 p.m.

Response to Facebook comment of Bob Hudson. I like your sardonic wit, but you know populism refers to many things, such as a higher minimum wage.

I thought the companies that control prisons and lobby lawmakers to pass laws that fill them to capacity run California, not public employees. Best, Don Bauder


ImJustABill Feb. 9, 2014 @ 10:57 p.m.

Pick your poison folks. A corrupt mayor beholden to corrupt developers and wealthy businessmen or a corrupt mayor beholden to corrupt public employee unions.


KLoEditor Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:19 a.m.

They're pretty much two sides of the same coin, aren't they? Though only time will tell what shape and form corruption takes when it comes to David, whereas Faulconer has long shown where his disposition lies.

Miss Bob Filner yet?


Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:35 a.m.

KLoEditor: Even Filner was showing signs of caving in to the corporate welfare crowd when he got in trouble for sexual harassment, and lauded the convention center expansion. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:33 a.m.

ImJustABill: That thought has occurred to me. Vote for Faulconer and pay $700 million or more for a downtown Chargers stadium which, importantly, the city CANNOT afford. Other asinine downtown projects such as the convention center expansion will be forced on citizens.

Vote for Alvarez and get no action on the pension deficit. Best, Don Bauder


KLoEditor Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:39 a.m.

Speaking generally, the trend nationwide is accelerating progressive. People like Christie and Jeb Bush get this, and have moved on, portraying themselves as morally neutral and environmentally harmless. They downplay their ties to the vast corporate machine, though never as well as Democratic politicians, and try to play themselves off as less scary than their caricatures of the extreme liberal left. I don't know that this is a winning ticket anymore. Clinton's impeachment proved the culture wars are pretty much over with only the tea baggers hanging on to their flat earth ideals. And as Sarah Palin's fortunes demonstrated, there ain't enough of them around. A few pockets of ignorant backward Klan tards in the south and rural areas keep their guys in Congress but that will decrease over time. That's not to say the Republicans won't find a way to reconstitute and resurge, always some freak of nature like Reagan, or worse, Bush, springing out like a malignant tumor hiding somewhere in the body and killing off all the good parts.


Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 11:40 a.m.

KLoEditor: It is frightening when you hear some Congressman saying he doesn't believe in evolution, when one of medicine's big problems today is that bacteria evolve to become immune to antibiotics. It's happening right in front of us.

Yes, progressives seem to be doing better -- Bill de Blasio's overwhelming victory in the New York mayoral race is one example. Elizabeth Warren's election to the Senate is another. One thing to consider: New York is a big media town, and de Blasio's victory may have gotten inordinately extensive coverage.

Christie is done, at least for 2016. That seems to leave Jeb Bush, unless there is somebody else I am missing. Romney was in reality a moderate but ran away from that designation in the primaries and the general election.

I think that the huge wealth and income disparity in the country has finally caught on as a large issue. Conservatives and moderates have nobody to blame but themselves for this. Best, Don Bauder


KLoEditor Feb. 10, 2014 @ 1:18 p.m.

This is a mistake people make all the time; it isn't about the money for the Tea Baggers and their ilk. For them it's some distorted world view that mixes their brand of patriotism, Christian values, and bigotry. It's true that as many Republicans have come to see that progressive values work in their own self-interest, meaning money in their wallet, they abandon those deeply held beliefs, lol, and switch sides. But the true haters are beyond reason; you can talk to them about wealth and income disparity till the cows come home and all they will do is screech You dumbass libtards, Obama is a treasonous Kenyan who should be shot for destroying the Constitution, Benghazi, IRS, executive orders, imperial presidency, la la la. Demented parrots, lol.


Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 1:56 p.m.

KLoEditor: Maybe progressives should give money to the Tea Partiers, to make certain that the Republican Party remains deeply divided, and moderates find it very difficult to be nominated. This continued bifurcation could be the progressives' best friend.

Yes, Democrats are also split between Clinton moderates and Elizabeth Warren progressives. The nation needs a Teddy Roosevelt who will try to smash the latter-day Robber Barons. Alas, none is in sight, unless Warren is electable. Best, Don Bauder


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