The polls are still open, but I’m going to predict a continuation of the stupidity of our local voters. The last three mayors Golding, Murphy, and Sanders, councilmembers, and lazy misinformed voters have badly mismanaged the city for the last 20 years by underfunding city employee pensions to appropriate money for ball parks owned by billionaire owners, and downtown developers. The infrastructure has gone straight to hell for the rest of us. Frequent water main breaks, unrepaired potholes, and lack of safe bike paths and walkways are characteristic of San Diego.
Twice we had a chance to choose someone with both smarts and independence to potentially put our house in order, instead Susan Golding was elected over Peter Navarro, and Jerry Sanders was elected over Donna Frye. They won by greatly outspending their opponents to saturate the media with bullshit and with plenty of other help from the media and press. This election has no one great out of the four serious candidates running and it appears that the leader in the race for mayor is Carl DeMaio, a councilman who made his millions after using government assistance to get his business off the ground, and his whole campaign is based on the premise that sticking it to public employees is the sole remedy for what ails our city. Fortunately he’ll probably fall short of being able to avoid a runoff in November.
Both anti-city worker measures are expected to easily pass, but cost more money in the short run, and need to withstand costly litigation to take effect. 30 Years ago Mayor Pete Wilson opted the city out of Social Security in return for enhanced pensions, and now they’re going to replace those defined pensions with 401K’s for new hires. If Prop B did take effect, one thing for sure is that San Diego will be a good place for other employers to recruit workers after they get fully trained. They’ll just roll over their 401k’s and won’t look back. Then San Diego will whine that they can’t retain quality employees.