Lori Saldaña Announces Her Candidacy for District 2 Council Seat

by on February 2, 2022 · 9 comments

in Election, Ocean Beach

From Lori Saldaña Campaign

Retired Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña has announced her candidacy for San Diego City Council, to represent the newly created District 2 in San Diego’s vibrant, diverse, and oldest established communities, from the tip of Point Loma, up to Mission Beach, and inland to Loma Portal, Midway, Old Town, Bay Park, Clairemont, and Linda Vista.

Lori represented all of these communities for 6 years in the California Assembly. In 2022 she is running to continue providing leadership for San Diegans in the communities where she has lived and worked all her life. She recently retired from teaching Business and Information Technology for the San Diego Community College District, and serves on the Board of Protect Our Communities Foundation, to promote sustainable and affordable energy.

“This will be a campaign about innovation, about putting San Diegans first, about helping families and small businesses recover from the impacts of COVID, and providing leadership to save lives and get the city back on track. San Diegans are dealing with unprecedented economic uncertainties- but we are resilient. We are tough. We have been through setbacks before, and we know we will come back again- stronger than ever.”

Lori is a lifetime District 2 resident who grew up in a Marine Corps family in Clairemont, attended local public schools, and earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees at San Diego State University. While living in San Diego and Baja California, she became an Environmental Policy Research Fellow at UCSD’s Center for US/Mexico Studies, and wrote a journal article on the challenges to binational infrastructure development that contribute to sewage spills and ocean pollution at the US-Mexico border. She was a Presidential appointee to a binational infrastructure development commission that has invested billions in water, wastewater, and transportation programs along the border.

Assemblywoman Saldaña served as Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, Speaker Pro Tempore, and Chair of the bipartisan Women’s Legislative Caucus. She served on Elections & Redistricting and Veterans and Military Affairs, and based on her work with military families, persuaded the California Department of Education to adjust income eligibility requirements that re-opened a free preschool program at Liberty Station.

As Housing and Community Development Chair, Saldaña authored AB 927 (2007), which provided more equitable funding for affordable senior housing throughout California. The bill made changes to the Multifamily Housing Program that assists with the new construction, rehabilitation and preservation of permanent and transitional rental housing. AB927 required funding be allocated in proportion to the number of lower income senior renters in the state.

Saldaña notes that “Safe, secure and equitable housing for San Diegans will be my priority. We need housing for a range of incomes and stages of life, and the fact that low income older adults are one of the fastest growing groups of unsheltered people in San Diego reminds us that AB 927 was only the start. I will continue making changes in how we allocate and prioritize funding and building more affordable senior and workforce housing, and preserve and rehabilitate existing housing for all San Diegans- homeowners and renters alike.”

The primary election is set for June 7, 2022. Due to redistricting changes, voters are encouraged to visit the County’s Registrar of Voters website to determine which Council district they are in: www.sdvote.com

Lori is the only candidate who has previously represented residents in the District 2 communities of Linda Vista, Clairemont, Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Loma Portal, Point Loma, Old Town, Midway, and Mission Beach.

For more information contact the campaign via lori4sandiego@outlook.com or 619-786-5674

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Frank Gormlie February 2, 2022 at 2:38 pm

The OB Rag will post a statement from any viable candidate for District 2.


Douglas Blackwood February 2, 2022 at 11:22 pm

Ok then: Lori could deliver the knock-out punch to Jen (MIA)!


Stu February 3, 2022 at 12:05 pm

Nice to see Lori running any body well almost any body has to be better than Jen. She really disappointed me


Vern February 3, 2022 at 12:34 pm

Mandy Havlik is also a candidate for San Diego City Council, District 2.


Geoff Page February 3, 2022 at 1:10 pm

This is about Saldana, why mention another candidate, Vern? Just curious.


Vern February 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm

Hi Geoff. Both Mandy and Lori seem like good choices.
Campbell and Day, not so much.


Geoff Page February 4, 2022 at 4:38 pm

Just curious again, Vern, what do you base your opinion of Ms. Havlik on? Lori Saldana has a long public record that speaks for her.


Vern February 4, 2022 at 5:59 pm

Hi Geoff! Mandy supported the recall of Campbell. Good stuff in and of itself.
She supports “Save Famosa Canyon”.
She supports Peninsula tree planting.
Supports height limits.
She volunteered as the Ocean Beach Elementary Garden Coordinator. Yahoo!
No current evidence of support from big business developers or institutional real estate entities.


Mat Wahlstrom February 3, 2022 at 3:02 pm

Finally, some good news for San Diego voters! A candidate with a proven track record in and out of office of working to make San Diego a better place to live.

She was at Uptown Planners last night as one of the speakers on behalf of Protect Our Communities’ effort to get Gov. Newsom to commit to protecting rooftop solar. It’s crunch time to put pressure on him not to cave to Big Energy, and you can find out more on their website, https://protectourcommunities.org/


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