John M. will be our lodestar this week. I am out-of-town and John, a long-time San Diego-based journalist and activist, is much more qualified than me to guide CivCon through a discussion of who runs this town.
Here are some readings on San Diego’s power structure and some of its biggest policy issues that John and I culled from local media, such as Voice of San Diego and The City Beat and Reader.
I will see you on May 29, after your meetings on San Diego and slavery reparations. Our topic will be the government’s proper role in encouraging healthy lifestyles. I will still post the regular “Monday’s meeting” posts.
SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING –
Power Centers –
- Wiki’s ABCs of how govt is organized in San Diego.
- Some Big Clout groups/people, per the lefty San Diego Free Press:
- Some other Big Clout groups
Issues and evolution –
- “Los Angelization” is coming to San Diego politics. Recommended
- Our city’s radical climate/energy goals. Recommended
- Our odd proposal for a “soccer stadium” may go before voters in November.
- We still have a pension problem.
- Will last November’s Measures K and L benefit the Democrats?
NEXT WEEK: Reparations for African-Americans?
Politics in San Diego when I was growing up was a pretty straightforward affair. The developers and big downtown interests owned the place and they got what they wanted.
Not anymore –maybe. Demographic and other changes are on the cusp of remaking San Diego’s political scene, and on Monday, John Mattes, CivCon member and long-time local investigative reporter, will bring us up to date and talk about the future. I’ll be on vacation and will have to miss it. But, I regret it already, since John, who’s also a local political activist, seems to know what’s going on around this city extremely well.
I’ll skip the usual discussion questions and just link to a few good articles on San Diego politics, its latest conflicts, and its future. The ones John suggested you read are noted.
- Demographic changes are and will keep changing San Diego politics in a big way. (KPBS, A must-read, via me)
- Why our political culture is so…let’s say different, and corrupt. A must-read via John. The 2011 book this is based on: Paradise Plundered,
- Mayor Filner explains to KPBS his side of the various battles he’s been fighting since he took office: Unions, the Tourism Marketing District, etc.
- The UT gives the other side of the TMD controversy.
- How community planning works here.
NEXT WEEK: Do professional sports harm our society?