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Politics Report: What San Diegans Are Worried About Now

Two years ago, a few weeks before Election Day, San Diegans was mostly worried about two major issues: housing prices, and the homeless city crisis.

According to an internal survey, a consultant was working on a campaign at the time. Twenty percent of respondents said housing prices are the biggest problem in the city, and another 16 percent said homelessness was more important. Nothing else really came close – even though COVID came in at seven percent, as did the reopening of the economy. Combine these into one COVID concern, and you have a third major concern.

A new poll from the same poll this week shows housing and homelessness have become only a more intense concern for urban residents.

Homelessness is now the biggest concern, with 26 percent of respondents saying it is the city’s biggest problem. Concerns about housing costs have also grown, and it now exceeds concerns for 23 percent of respondents.

Not only is housing and homelessness now ranked as the biggest problem for nearly 60 percent of the city, according to this survey, but virtually all other concerns have faded to life.

Not a single problem gets more than five percent of people’s attention.

Crime could rise, but that doesn’t seem like a big concern to many residents. Just three percent of respondents said “crime, gangs and drugs” are their biggest concern. The federal government just passed a massive infrastructure law, and city leaders were in DC this week in part to get our piece, but just four percent of respondents ranked infrastructure as their biggest concern. Yet, that is four times more than both climate change and transit, each major concern for just one percent of respondents. COVID is now the biggest concern of just two percent of residents.

The old James Carville hair cliché needs a refresh for San Diego in 2022. It’s the housing, stupid.

View of the One Paseo site that looks east from High Bluff Dr. / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle

A more crazy ride to take

Ten years ago, one of the hottest topics in local politics was One Paseo, a housing project with proposed details on a vacant lot in Carmel Valley.

The city council finally approved it in 2015, and later approved a smaller version a year later to avoid a referendum. Today, it is just a popular destination in a desirable neighborhood, not a topic of political debate.

But boy, back in 2013, people took.

Like this, from Mike Aguirre, the city’s former attorney who ran to replace the embarrassed former Mayor Bob Filner, who agreed with a member of the community planning group which said the traffic it would cause would mean fire engines would not be able to arrive in an emergency, and people would die.

“What will happen is, if they build this thing, someone will – exactly as you said – a kind of loss of life, there will be a kind of incredible cost to people due to the enormous traffic, it will have an effect on the economy. “It’s going to have a knock-on effect, it’s going to be a much worse situation, and that’s why they have the original area to start,” Aguirre said.

I don’t mean to choose Aguirre. My cover of One Paseo since the time doesn’t age all that well either. I once frame it as an attempt at “suburban retrofitting.” Take it easy.

While the promised One Paseo transformation elements were sold too much, it’s still fair to think of the battle over the project and chalk it up as a victory for the basic YIMBY argument, that warnings about the serious effects of new developments seem never ending. Carmel Valley residents filled my inbox with concerns about One Paseo. I have never filed a complaint since it ended.

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It’s Election Day, Again

San Diego City Council member Georgette Gomez addressed the Brews and News crowd with Councilman David Alvarez in the background. / Photo by Scott Lewis

Voters in the former 80th Assembly district will elect a representative to complete the term of former Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez on Tuesday, assuming they have not already voted by mail.

A winner could be declared Tuesday night, though there is a sense of confidence in the political world that no one will get more than 50 percent of the vote – Republican Lincoln Pickard along with former San Diego Democratic Council members Georgette Gomez and David Alvarez in ballots the – that means the. the two heads will continue in a June runoff. The world of professional politics has been wrong from time to time in recent local history, though.

Remember Bob Nelson

Occasionally, I used to receive emails from Bob Nelson, the former Port Commissioner and Public Relations Spirit, late on a Friday, typically congratulating me for an insulting Scott realized on the podcast this week.

Nelson later told me I had received these emails because his Friday routine – when he was not hosting a party – included relaxing with a cigar and a drink in his hot tub while listening to our broadcast.

One night, for example, he was happy to hear me use one of my SAT words.

Bob Nelson / Photo courtesy Shawn VanDiver

‘You said,’grok, ‘”Nelson wrote. This verb came from Robert Heinlein’s 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land, which I borrowed from the Whittier Public Library at the age of 12. . Sometimes ignorance is a blessing. But I still groc grok, so both surprised and glad to hear it ‘in the air.’ ”

Funny, esoteric, conscientious – it’s a very Bob Nelson email.

I thought about these wonderful little exchanges when I learned that Nelson had died at his home last weekend at the age of 70. He has been a Voice of San Diego supporter since 2006, shortly after our small shop opened. But I especially liked the way he signed his emails, because of the implicit challenge continues to get better.

“We’re all doing more good than harm,” he wrote. “Please keep it up.”

We will keep trying.

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