One day after OB Town Council President Jim Musgrove covered for San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio’s tardiness to the town council debate Wednesday night, Musgrove joined DeMaio at a press conference in Ocean Beach. In doing so, Musgrove assisted in showcasing DeMaio’s failed environmental record.
And Musgrove – by jumping into the mayoral campaign and attempting to be a booster for DeMaio – has shown just how partisan he actually is in his politics. So, doing so, Musgrove did two things.
First, he helped bring attention locally to the extremist councilman’s dismal record on the environment. More on that below.
Second, he showed his own hand to be one of a deeply partisan and radical nature – that is, with his public display of support in favor of DeMaio – Jim Musgrove has given the village insight into his philosophy as head of the town council. And it ain’t purty. By backing DeMaio’s right-wing extremism – a radicalism that wants to force San Diego back into the nineteenth century with his policies – Jim Musgrove has shown that he is way too partisan to lead the town council of Ocean Beach – a community that – for instance – voted overwhelmingly for Bob Filner during the Primary, and voted overwhelmingly in favor the 2010 Legalize Marijuana state-wide initiative.
So, just what is going on.
We have Musgrove’s cover for DeMaio’s lateness at the Town Council’s own mayoral “debate” Wednesday night, where Musgrove, chairing the meeting, kept a US Congressman waiting long after the time for the scheduled debate – only because DeMaio was late. DeMaio’s lateness was never mentioned and no apology was given to Filner.
Then we have DeMaio’s OB press conference on Thursday, August 23rd, in front of the lifeguard station. This is where DeMaio was supposedly tooting his horn about his “concern” for the environment and San Diego’s beachfronts. DeMaio:
“… vowed to better the quality of life and improve the coastal environment of San Diegans by investing in San Diego’s environment and beachfront infrastructure” so says his press release.
Plus Carl had the audacity to say this:
“We must make our environment a priority in city government.”
And then there’s the part about Musgrove and his quote:
DeMaio was joined by community members who are calling on the city to invest in beachfront infrastructure which has experienced decades of neglect.
“Beach residents are glad to see Carl DeMaio put forward specific reforms to help restore coastal infrastructure, improve the coastal environment, look at creative new ways to deliver services by working with the community, and make San Diego’s coastline a priority,” said Jim Musgrove, Ocean Beach Town Council President.
Also standing with DeMaio was Tom Perotti, Vice President of the OB Community Development Corporation and he is also quoted in the candidate’s press release.
By appearing with hypocrite DeMaio at this highly charged moment in this historic mayoral race, both these men, Musgrove and to a lesser extent – Perotti – , are wrongly stepping into this partisan race. They should – as leaders of this historically liberal, tolerant and environmentally-aware community – at least publicly remain neutral. They violate their trust with the community of Ocean Beach – especially Musgrove for he is head of the town council that bears our community’s name – by appearing alongside DeMaio and helping to present his fraudulent and failed environmental record.
Because DeMaio really does has a failed environmental record as a member of the City Council of San Diego. Anyone who has been watching DeMaio over these last few years and has a concern for the environment knows this. DeMaio – in terms of the environment – is the worst current San Diego councilmember.
DeMaio Received F’s and One D+ On Environmental Report Card
Carl DeMaio received F’s as his grades on the Environmental Quality Report Card in 2009 and 2011 and he mustered a D+ in 2010. Not only is his record the worst on the Council, DeMaio also has a record of supporting developers and polluters.
The Environmental Quality Report Card is annually researched and published by the League of Conservation Voters in San Diego and has also received input from other leading local environmental organizations.
And this Report Card shows that Carl DeMaio has the worst cumulative score of any councilmember during those years 2009 – 2011. He was an opponent – not proponent – of responsible environmental policies on every issue having to do with the environment.
That is why it was so hypocritical for DeMaio to appear in front of OB’s crumbling lifeguard station – and that is why it was so wrong for Musgrove to appear by his side.
In response to DeMaio’s attempt to rebrand his mayoral campaign by releasing his so-called “environmental plan”, the president of the San Diego region’s leading politically active environmental organization called him out for his dismal performance at City Hall on environmental issues.
Livia Borak, President of the League of Conservation Voters San Diego, made the following statement in response to DeMaio’s press release:
“While the policy goals outlined by Carl DeMaio are welcome, they unfortunately still fail to reflect any serious engagement with the environmental challenges facing San Diego. Carl DeMaio’s claims of environmental leadership would be insulting if they weren’t so obviously laughable against his terrible record on environmental issues. …
“While Mr. DeMaio’s pledge to meet with the environmental community is welcome, it notably did not come in time for him to participate in an environmental mayoral forum held by LCV San Diego to field questions from several leading environmental organizations.
“Similarly, it’s encouraging to hear DeMaio discussing the importance of open space. However, DeMaio hasn’t appeared in the minutes of a single meeting of the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Joint Powers Authority since January 2011 — despite being one of the two San Diego City Councilmembers appointed as a representative to the board.”
The Environmental Quality Report Card is researched and published annually by the League of Conservation Voters San Diego and has received input from other leading environmental advocacy organizations. Report cards referenced in Borak’s statement can be found here:
- 2011: 58.8% F
- 2010: 68.8% D+
- 2009: 58.8% F
We call upon Jim Musgrove to clarify his support for Carl DeMaio and to publicly list what DeMaio has actually done for the environment. In all truthiness.