By David Warmoth
In recent days, there have been subtle, and more than a few overt implications that those of us who have not yet jumped on the resignation bandwagon don’t have a high enough sense of morality or aren’t concerned about the serious issue of sexual harassment. I don’t believe this is true and it saddens me.
It saddens me that a freedom rider who has done so much for civil rights, worker’s rights and just generally, the improvement of the lives of average San Diegans has been brought to the position that he now finds himself. The irony though, is that for all the manufactured outrage and scandal from the UT, City Attorney, Council members, and supporters of other mayoral candidates seeking a re-do for their man/woman, it’s the Mayor’s own hubris and venality that has brought him here. He is a crotchety, old misogynist who will probably end his career in disgrace because he couldn’t keep it in check. I’m sad for this end but a self-inflicted wound is not the biggest tragedy.
What really saddens me is the end of what could have been. We now have a mayor who says no to a $40 million/multi-month plan to remove cars from Plaza de Panama and just goes ahead and does it for a few thousand dollars in a matter of weeks. He put a hate-filled demonization of the City’s workers on hold and, negotiating in good faith with them, managed to get the additional five year freeze the City’s voters said they wanted.
It’s my opinion that unless the Republicans do something totally idiotic (they are Republicans after all) or the Democrats display more discipline than I expect (we are Democrats after all), if Mayor Filner resigns/is recalled, our next Mayor is likely to be Republican. Even if I’m wrong, I don’t expect any of the likely Democratic alternatives likely to fight the City Council’s tendency to drop their pants for any developer, hotelier, or developer/hotelier who thinks he’s a publisher who comes in to rape the city’s assets.
Mayor Filner understands that minimum-wage, or near minimum-wage jobs in largely out-of-State owned hotels/Walmarts are a drain on taxpayer resources, not a plus. While he has started the process to attract industry with good paying jobs that do not require government assistance to make ends meet, he has simultaneously attempted to at least have developers leave a few dollars on the night stand for the City when the City Council happily acquiesces to another rape. I don’t see any alternatives likely to stand up for the citizens of the City against the “business as usual” attitude that is still prevalent downtown.
Mayor Filner’s offenses are probably too serious and we have gone too far down the “calls for resignation” road to give a true humanitarian another chance to become a decent human being. That saddens me. What really saddens me though, is that because of this, the red light in the front window is firmly switched to the ON position and all we can do is drop our pants and smile.