Community reacts to candidates at forum
by REBECCA J. WILLIAMSON
Published - 02/24/20 - 03:30 PM | 1627 views | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Candidates for various local, statewide and national offices shared their political stances and personal backstories at a forum hosted by the College Area Community Council (CACC) and the College Area Community Planning Board on Jan. 24 at the Faith Presbyterian Church on Campanile Drive near San Diego State University.

Although attendance was light for the Friday evening forum — with a large portion of the estimated 50 attendees either candidates, their staff or CACC board members — two audience members shared why they came out. 

I’m here to learn about the candidates for mayor,” said Leonard Farello of North Park.

I’m here to meet the people behind the faces,” said El Cerrito resident Ellen Banks. 

At the forum, CACC chair Jose Reynoso noted that candidates or their representatives from races for San Diego City Council District 9, state Senate, Congress, mayor, and city attorney were invited to the forum. 

Candidates in all races whose district covers the College Area were invited,” Reynoso said. “One candidate for city attorney could not attend because of the death of his father, another was scheduled and committed but did not show up, and the third, who was not able to make it, managed to squeeze her schedule and did appear. Two candidates for mayor spoke and the other top three were scheduled but did not arrive. We had one congressional candidate but two had committed.” 

The candidates that did appear were:

Congress CA 53 district: Sara Jacobs

State Senate 39th district: Toni Atkins — unable to attend but her representative, Doug Case, spoke on her behalf

State Assembly district 78: Chris Ward — attended but left early due to his child’s illness

Mayor: Barbara Bry and Scott Sherman 

City Attorney: Mara Elliott 

San Diego City Council District 9: Kelvin Barrios, Johnny Lee Dang, Sean Elo, Andrew Gade, Ross Naismith and Alex Soto 

The speakers rotated in and out to the microphone and were asked two main questions. The first was their standing on SB 50, a statewide housing bill that would allow multi-family housing complexes to be built in single-family neighborhoods. A few days after the forum, SB 50 was rejected by the state Legislature.

The second question was on candidates’ support for the CACC’s effort to produce its own community plan update. The plan will eventually be presented to the city of San Diego’s Planning Department, which will choose the next point of action.

On the plan update, Farello summed up his observation. 

From what I heard, the candidates all seemed to offer support for the plan and one candidate basically said she trusted the community board to make their own decisions,” he said. 

The CACC forum will be the only one held before the primary, although one after the primary, with the top two contenders in each race, “would make sense,” Reynoso said. “That will be proposed to the board.”

The board is non-partisan and cannot endorse any candidate,” continued Reynoso. “But we can take a position on propositions. We’ve only had one other [forum] four years ago, but I’d like to continue having them because a big part of our mission is to educate and inform the public.” 

Farello and Banks offered their reactions after the forum was over. 

I got more than I expected,” Banks said. “I learned from the candidates and the floor.” 

I’ve made decisions, after being undecided, after attending the debate,” said Farello.



Rebecca J. Williamson is a local freelance writer. Reach her at rebjefwill@gmail.com.



Comments
(2)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Sheila Connell
|
22 Hours Ago
My purpose out here today is to share this article to the world about how Doctor Odunga helped me in getting back my EX-boyfriend that broke up with me 4 months ago. I tried all i can to make him see reasons with me so that we can continue our relationship but he denied me. Thank God for giving me the thought of going into the internet for help, i searched properly and i saw different reviews of Doctor Odunga and i insisted in giving it a try by contacting him via what's app on ( 2348167159012). He gave me reason to live again and he prepared a spell and told me that my Ex-boyfriend will come back to me within 28 hours. Can you believe it, my EX-boyfriend came back to me and our wedding will hold Soon. Contact him now!!! if you need any help. Email: odungaspelltemple@gmail.com and he does a lot of spells. Once again i want to say am very grateful for your help
Dave Alexandre
|
February 25, 2020
Cured from diabetes with Herbal medicine

I was diagnosed of DIABETES for sometime, I have tried all possible means to get cured but all my effort proved abortive, until a friend of mine introduced me to a herbal doctor from Africa by name Dr Nelson, who prepare herbal medicine to cure all kind of diseases including hepatitis B, DIABETES and (HPV). When I contacted this herbal doctor via his email, he sent me his herbal medicine via courier service, when i received the herbal medicine he gave me step by step instructions on how to apply it, I took it as instructed after 3 weeks I went for check up and my result was negative. I am very grateful to DR Nelson may God bless him and continue to give him wisdom. I will continue sharing this testimonies,You can also Contact him on. drnelsonsalim10@gmail.com

or send him a whatsapp text on 2348116522191.
Comments are back! Simply post the comment (it'll complain about you failing the human test) then simply click on the captcha and then click "Post Comment" again. Comments are also welcome on our Facebook page.
Trending