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San Diego has a new mayor. As always, strange politics afoot.

Updated on February 12, 2014

San Diego was not incorporated until 1850

San Diego as a city is just two lifetimes old.
San Diego as a city is just two lifetimes old. | Source

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.

Spanish Missionary explorers we the first Europeans to inhabit the area.
Spanish Missionary explorers we the first Europeans to inhabit the area. | Source

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?

See results

Our success.

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.

They played America the beautiful and sang it for my son, when others avoided them. They are just as much a part of my America or more so than your Donald Trump!
They played America the beautiful and sang it for my son, when others avoided them. They are just as much a part of my America or more so than your Donald Trump! | Source

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.


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is another writer on HP who has written quite a bit about the strange events in San Diego politics....interesting city to say the least. :) I had no idea it was the what, 8th largest city in the U.S.? Amazing that it has grown that much since I was last there.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I live in the county and outside such stuff. But it is an interesting study. Thanks Bill for commenting.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Imagine if this new mayor had opposing party not willing to work with him, blocked every good idea he had, and was only there to destroy him?

      He wouldnt be very equal, would he?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, Eric, you're an immigrant-in-law; that's good for us immigrants. Anyway, thank you sharing all this information on San Diego politics. Electing this mayor was hard work. It'll take some time to see whether it was worth it.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I cannot begin to sum up how much I have learnt from the hubs of others and so much I have learnt from yours Eric. Another wonderful read and thank you once again for sharing. Voted up, across and shared.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Eddie, I have decided to read your hubs before writing and I think they are making me more positive in my approach. Thank you for our sit and walk togethers.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I thought I got that across lovemychris, that is what he is facing and faced while on the council. Yet he gets things done. We shall see, but he never blames the other side for his failure to get things done.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, it is almost like an experiment in politics and society. Clearly we must let the pendulum swing in order to achieve a balance.

      Loved you inspiration this morning.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      So, hes a tyrant, then?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What?

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      He gets his way, even tho he's opposed at every turn? From what I've read from people here, that makes him a tyrant.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      No, not at all. There is going to be a super majority on what would be the opposition side. So they can even override any veto. On the other hand the will of the people was basically 2 to 1 for his agenda on this election.

      That is the whole point. He is the great consensus builder but now the other side can run roughshod over him!

      See how cool that is? But he has the referendum(voters vote) going for his agenda.

      I think it will be productive and exciting. And boyo boyo are the people going to be looking for motives an chicanery at every hour.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Well, I guess will of the people actually matter in local elections, then. Because the will of the people has been spit on otherwise.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      No my friend, rethink that. "The people have not enforced their will" (ed 2012)

      I have been spit on and I marched forward and we linked arms and we stood for something and we ended a war.

      If you feel powerless, I love you for the meek shall inherit, But I want mine now and will speak truth though it bans me from forums like HP. We do not whine, we gather together and make a difference. Speak your mind but stop the one liner bull and whining rhetoric. State a position, stand by it and garner support on at least one issue.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      We cant gather together when there is no respect. You call my feelings whining, therefore, have no respect for my opinion.

      You can then put yourself on a higher level, and dismiss me when I say that we the people have been spit on.

      But trust me, we have. And no amount of charactet assasinating will change it one iota.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      OK I will allow this on my hub. But it leaves me scratching my head.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      When one compromises, it's basically capitulation.

      If this fellow got the other side to capitulate, you call it a victory.

      However, I see plenty of people who say capitulation means giving in to tyranny.

      IE: your guy wins, cool.

      My guy wins, overlord and tyrant.

      I personally believe America needs to split up between red and blue....the differences couldn't be more stark.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Again, there seems to be another issue you keep bringing in.

      Are you saying that all leaders are tyrants? Just to name a few; JFK, MLK, Mandela, Ghandi, the "king of the Jews" Lech Welesa, Mother Theresa and most those folks were not even elected when leading.

      Maybe a bit of a case on our two greats in the forefront on Presidents' day on Monday -- Lincoln and Washington and maybe Churchill and Thatcher and maybe Obama or Christie. But it seems like you just are dead certain that every elected official is a tyrant of opposing views.

      Quite a sad outlook you have.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      NO, I was actually saying this because Obama is always called a tyrant, and he doesn't even get his way!

      Now here you have a conserve who wins in a blue area......and it's wonderful. SO, I'm just sayin.....he can have HIS way w/out being tyrant...Obama doesn't even GET his way, and he is one.

      No way to come together unless all are equal.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That simply is not true. We do it all the time. I even compromise with my 4 year old. And my tyrannical wife lets me have my way sometimes.

      Mankind is not and never will be equal to each other. Some are born stupid and some smart. The only equality is in the eyes of the creator. The rich and powerful get more so by giving us poor and powerless what we want,,,, for a price.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yeahwell, you should have been a dem saying Bush was stupid......or be a human saying Israel is wrong......you will find out just how UN equal you are.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Buddy you cannot know me this well. You do not know my shoes much less have walked in them. You assume way too much. You can see my name I do not play alias games. And you can see my daughter who I am very proud of and support in her great service to my country here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/influencealle...

      Look at the words I speak or write. And look at the person in office. And yes I will say it again. Stop whining and start contributing.

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