The coalition “A Better San Diego“, comprised of community, faith, labor, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, environmental and social justice organizations (view a partial list), have been working to build an economic vision for our city that focuses on jobs, quality of life, equality, prosperity and fairness for more San Diegans. This coalition has been organizing a forum where selected candidates running for San Diego Mayor will address issues that concern workers, students, retirees… actually, the 99%!
During the Economic Summit sponsored by the coalition earlier this year, participants were asked, “If you could ask the next Mayor one question what would it be?” The hundreds of responses were combined and narrowed down to create the central points to be posed to this forum, presenting the candidates in the 2012 mayoral race with the challenges facing our communities while giving the citizens an opportunity to hear the candidates’ approach to confronting them.
To be held on October 19 at Balboa Theater, the event, which is free and open to all, will start promptly at 6:30 pm and run until 8:00. The 90-minute forum will consist of a community panel, a media panel and questions from the audience. Because of the time restraints and after much discussion, coalition members decided to invite the 4 most prominent candidates, Representative Bob Filner, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
Mr. Filner and Mr. Fletcher have accepted and confirmed but both Mr. DeMaio and Ms. Dumanis have declined. Ms. Dumanis has stated she will not debate until next year (while holding private fundraisers), and Mr. DeMaio’s reason for not attending is unclear since his petition drive is finished… We’re still hoping they will change their minds.
Plan to attend this important event, and OCCUPIERS I am calling on you too! I know the system is a mess but until we fix it, it’s all we have, so come and get informed.