San diego politics in 2018 a whiff of racism, the odor of misogyny, the stench of entitlement

Electoral contests in San Diego County government are coming into the final stretch. Mail-in voting is just a month away. A politics column and editorial board interviews at the Union-Tribune, along with the release of depositions from the now-settled lawsuits against labor leader Mickey Kasparian, have all contributed knowledge to what I’ll share today.

She points to her 15 years of management experience, and contends Jones-Wright has none. She suggested a “Kardashian effect” was in play, questioning whether Jones-Wright had the accomplishments to match her rising profile as a DA candidate.

All over Facebook is the news that leadership in the local San Diego Democratic Party put @MLKDemsSD in the back of the room (bus) cuz they were protesting w signs at the Annual Roosevelt Dinner.


Let’s just call it what it is…DISCRIMINATION! #WeWillNotBeSilent https://t.co/CA3kYnorql

So @jcroe just called to complain his clients — @BonnieDumanis @SDSheriff Bill Gore and @SummerStephan — are all upset we’re posting transcripts and audios. I told him “on the record” means “on the record” and he’s doing a disservice to his clients if he doesn’t tell them that.

I am running first and foremost to protect and ensure every child’s right to a strong start. Having grown up in San Diego’s foster care system to go on to professional careers in public health and land use law, I have seen in my own life what a difference that strong support can make. Professor James Heckman won a Nobel Prize in economics for demonstrating that there is a 13-to-1 return on investment (ROI) of public dollars invested in early childhood and that ROI never gets higher throughout a child’s life. The smart money is invested early. We will experience lower crime, reduce homelessness, and have a stronger regional economy in the long-term with better support for our children and youth.

I didn’t disagree with anything he said. But, boy, can he ramble. Had to re-read several passages because I got lost. Still, he made the case for why an ex-Republican has a place in this race. And his approach to coalition building does make sense, especially since whoever takes the seat will be outnumbered, at least for a few years.

I think that there is a clear and consistent record that I wasn’t a very good Republican and I’ve acknowledged. You know everyone else when they change parties, they just say, well I didn’t change, the parties changed. I didn’t do that. I said, no, I changed. I changed on things and it’s only in politics where having said, hey, I was wrong and I got new information and I looked at new facts and I met with a new group. It’s only in politics that that is the unforgivable sin.

I’m not going to hide and make a decision and then hide from the community. I am going to face them and I am going to put it out how I think about that and I won’t go against them unless I have the data and metrics to support what I’m trying to say, but I can tell you that will be very rare because that’s how I’ve been trained and how I’ve learned, the mistakes that I have made, we have made in the past on not listening to people, only telling them what they need to know and that’s not right.

I’ve made no secret of my disappointment in her candidacy, so take that into consideration with this scoring. She without a doubt has the most progressive positions on many issues. I just wonder if she’s actually running for the job or out to settle old scores with the Democratic Party because those issues dominate this interview. And her embrace of the endorsement from Mickey Kardasian’s rogue labor group is indefensible.

Don’t drink the Kasparian Kool-Aid that people are trying to pour for you because they attack people on their strengths and I’ve been very clear where I am on sexual assault and harassment, it’s why I signed that letter a year ago. Those women got justice. They settled their cases. It’s time to move on.

I know all the players in the community, and I am truly a nonpartisan person. I’ve never run for a nonpartisan office and like I said people don’t bleed, you know, Democrat or Republican, peoples’ mental health are determined by that and I think that you get me and the 35 years of experience and something no one else will give you and that is I’m giving it to you because I care and I don’t need this job, I’m not going up anywhere and I know the issues, I know them well.

…my culture as the D.A. has been to open up the D.A.’s Office to the public. I have had people outreach in all communities. You know I’ve had Jesse Navarro and the Latino community and they just honored him yesterday in the Latino community because we reached out to the media, that’s one of the first things I did. We had somebody reaching out in the African American community. We had a senior citizen, Midge Costanza, who when I hired her was 72 and she was terrific. She was the first woman in the Oval Office with Jimmy Carter and she worked on elder issues and they went out, you know, into the community. I went out into the community. I spent most of my time in my district actually in… mostly in Southeast San Diego and the Barrio because they’re the underserved communities.

Aside from the obvious pandering in this statement, there’s the little matter of all the controversies involving Jesse Navarro. Dumanis allegedly tried to get him appointed to a city council seat on Chula Vista. Investigations, which everybody swears have no connection to the refusal to grant that request, of the Chula Vista government followed.

And then there’s the little matter of the retired police officers association’s attempted invite of –drum roll– Genevieve Jones-Wright to a black history month event. I’m told it was Navarro’s objections to the invitation that led to the cancellation of the event.