Today is a big day for 20 people. This is the day that the San Diego City Council will decide who of that twenty will sit in District 2’s seat for the remainder of Kevin Faulconer’s term, until December of this year.
At 2pm today in Council Chambers, the Council will take up the matter – supposedly the only issue on their docket – and listen to the 3 minute spiel each applicant has, then will begin taking votes. The first applicant with 5 votes – a majority – wins and takes their seat immediately.
Who are these people who wish to serve the people of District 2? Here is a brief run-down of these individuals taken from their publicly-available application (in alphabetical order):
- Stephanie Antin – a professional businesswoman who has lived and been active in Pacific Beach for 15 years; she has a BA in communication from Tulane U in New Orleans;
- Robert Coates – a retired Superior Court judge in San Diego for 28 years; obtained law degree in 1970 from Cal Western;
- Mary Cooluris – an advocate for the disabled, vets, and the poor in general; earned a BA in psychology at USC; has lived in 92107 area for 24 years;
- Bruce Coons – the executive director of Save Our Heritage Organization for 14 years, was responsible for blocking billionaire’s plan for Balboa Park; went to PLHS, USD; a local resident for many years;
- Christopher Cramer – CEO and co-founder of Karl Straus Brewing Co., since 1989;l went to PLHS, Stanford U for BA in history, plus MBA; lived in Point Loma fro 14 1/2 years;
- Ricardo Flores – former chief of staff for Councilmember Marti Emerald, worked for Congresswoman Susan Davis, grew up in El Cajon, UCLA BA in film and TV; (unofficially – Flores has withdrawn his application);
- Jane Gawronski – retired educator, former Escondido school superintendent; OB Planning Board member, local property owner, lived in OB for 10 1/2 years;
- Edward Harris – City lifeguard since 1989, head of union that represents lifeguards; lived in Point Loma for 3 1/2 years;
- Daniel Holstein – Court reporter, active in GOP central committee and with gay Republicans; BA and MBA; lived in the Peninsula for 12 years;
- Gary D Lowe – 40 year land use attorney and consultant; active in city boards on water policy and wetlands; BA and MA from USC; has lived in Point Loma for 7 plus years;
- James McBride – retired test pilot for California National Guard; recently from Santee; homelessness is his biggest issue;
- Don J Mullen – political consultant, former chief of staff for various City Council members, including Marti Emerald; lived in Pacific Beach for 17 years; founded the PB BID, and was president of the PB Town Council;
- James Musgrove – former president of OB Town Council, lived in PB, MB, Bay Park and OB for 30 years; works for visual communication company; registered independent but supporter Republican Carl DeMaio for mayor in 2012.
- Gretchen Kinney Newsom – current President of OB Town Council, grew up in Pescadero California, BA from Humboldt State, worked for California Assemblymember, currently with consultant company;
- Bryan Pease – attorney involved in protecting sea-lions, on People’s Food board, lived in OB fro 1 1/2 years; recently won court okay to be applicant after problem with voter registration;
- Wayne Raffesberger – business consultant, adjunct lecturer at UCSD; has worked on staff of Republicans Tom Behr and Ron Roberts; lived in the Peninsula area for 30 years;
- Richard Jarvis Ross – past president of the Peninsula Community Planning Board, grassroots activist; lived in area for 17 1/2 years;
- M. Howard Wayne – former State legislator, currently works for Calif Attorney General’s office; grew up in East San Diego; JD from USD.
- John R Wertz – retired lawyer after 40 years, represented councilmembers, mayors in civil litigation; lived in Point Loma for 20 years;
- Matthew E Winter – architect; involved in Pacific Beach Town Council, PB Planning Committee, project architect for various city projects including Lane Field Project, County Waterfront Park; lived in PB for 3 1/2 years.
So, that’s it, folks. One of these individuals will be representing the people of District 2 before the day is out.
Note: that due to city rules, the applicant selected must be from the “old” former District 2, before its boundaries were redrawn in 2011.