San Diego has a new mayor. As always, strange politics afoot.
San Diego was not incorporated until 1850
San Diego Elected a Republican Mayor
San Diego is the nations 8th largest city. And the only one with a republican mayor in that group. San Diego is the only major city in California with republican mayor. San Diego is at least 68% registered democrats. San Diego has about an 18% Latino voting base. San Diego is known as Fighter Town USA with huge Marine and Naval presence. San Diego has had 3 of it's last 6 mayors basically forced out of office amid scandal.San Diego was technically bankrupt for a few years.
San Diego has a huge, unionized government work force. And a huge work force for government contractors due to the bases and the shipyards. San Diego is home to too very large universities, SDSU and UCSD over 12 community colleges and every major private university in California to some degree. San Diego has the busiest border crossing in the world and an army sized employment of Border Patrol (USCIS) in the United States.
In fact the land was populated over 20,000 years ago by humans.
San Diego always turns out to vote for Democrats on state and national levels.
So how did such a city so dependent upon big government elect a Republican Mayor? Over four million state and national union dollars came in from outside the city to support the opponent. They even bused in loads of volunteer workers from outside the city to support the opponent.
And make no mistake that the issues were well framed as to it being a union versus business election straight up classic republican versus democrat race.
Certainly as with donations, fear and anger play a big part in why and when people vote. There were no other issues on the ballot so predictably the turn out was low. But not so low as to discount validity.
And so again we ask; "How did it happen?"
And the answer probably lies predominantly on two factors. The first was the inexperience and youth of the opponent and the second was individualism that San Diegan Americans possess.
Rather than a party the city population voted on true concerns as to what was and is needed for the city. They wanted a proven person to lead and they want more net income for the city and not less. San Diegans know the difference between big government and taxation and support for business and private opportunity.
Even with all of those government employees "small business" will make up over 60% of the city's workforce. (debate of exact figures can move that number around some based on classifications) And obviously that does not include the work force with our giants like Qualcomm and General Dynamic types and a few headquarters for other huge corps.
Tourism is still a great big source of income for San Diego with greats like the Pacific Ocean, SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. And so with that also comes the constant parade of conventions both big and small.
San Diego City is tiny when compared in land mass which is Southern California
Do you vote straight party lines or for what is needed?
Do you vote for overall betterment of your community?
Our success as individuals is determined by values that we set and maintain. Our success as a community is determined by how we bring those values together to move forward for the greater good. When you think about the fact that we are social civil animals you realize those should not be different.
A great success in reaching across the isle!
Here is the bottom line. San Diego has been in crisis mode more than building mode for over 10 years. The candidate who one the election was someone who was able to bring totally opposing concepts close enough together that there were two reasonable options left. And then as a councilman he took it to the voters and got them engaged.
Two crazy things happened. First and foremost the voters were participants. And secondly the positions were laid out without horrible personal rancor.
The mayor elect at the time was on a high majority winning position on several occasions.
And here is a very interesting deviation from political deviation. He did not forget or change for convenience. He stood the course over more years as councilman. And in this last election he stayed the course again. Not a drumbeat and not talking points but somehow a conviction that historically began to ring true.
Integrity is tough in politics. Bringing opposing views together is tougher.
San Diego. Did good. And it is important to note that with the council the mayor elect is in a 5 to 3 minority on most issues. Let the nation watch closely to be critical of future conduct and course of conduct of our city.
This experiment we call the United States of America and this notion of our underbelly being always open for the world to see, shall and will and can move forward and better and longer.
We are the first country in the world to have set forth a notion that all things are legal until made illegal. Most countries still follow the notions of guilty and prove innocence and that you cannot do a thing until your government says that you may. (we of course bow to the commonwealth countries of Great Britain and their progeny)
Let us review and remind ourselves and let me remind you that these words equivalence are in my adoptive countries of Vietnam and Mexico's similar declaration of independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Just a reminder of cool Americana.
We are not born to freedom from man. We are born of freedom to break shackles, let them be personal, religious or political.
Stand tall. Do not stand tall for me to see. Stand tall for you and your creator to see.
My homeless minstrel friends invite you to proclaim your freedom.
I reckon this author knows more than me.
Let me wrap up with some fun Eric quotes.
Politics no longer needs an explanation or a contrivance. It is like going to the same circus for twenty years.
We love our nation so we must make it a sensation. Too bad.
My wife is an immigrant does that make me an immigrant-in-law.
Our borders are secure. I really never did get that. Why does a fence line need to be secure when i am insecure? I guess, good for them!
Protecting what you have is the first sign of not achieving what you should have.
Last I checked, when pulled over by a policeman, it is my actions that are in question, why is it that for politicians and celebrities it is who they are that is in question.