A Powerhouse Lunch With Linda Lukacs, Candidate for District 2

by on August 24, 2022 · 56 comments

in Election, Ocean Beach

Judi Curry’s views continue to be her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the OB Rag.

By Judi Curry

It is difficult for me to sit back and watch the deterioration of the area known as “District 2.”  We purchased our house in 1966 and loved the neighborhood.  We moved here from Berkeley where my husband and I were attending school and where we were active in the Free Speech Movement and Mario Savio was in one of the first classes I attended.

The hippies were just moving into Ocean Beach, and San Diego was so conservative there was talk of “outlawing left-hand turns because they were subversive.”  I remember once getting a flat tire on Highway 5 near National City and actually waited over 2 hours for a police car to stop and see if I needed assistance because I had bumper sticker on my car supporting a Democratic candidate.

SeaWorld had not yet started with their annoying fireworks on a nightly basis; and PSA was the airline that flew overhead, never venturing to the south like where the airplanes fly now.

For the most part I have stayed out of politics per se, although I have supported almost all of the Democrats that have run for office, be it by political signs pasted on my fence or attendance at political events. For a long time my husband and I were members of the Pt. Loma Democratic club, where he held office for a time.  After his death I dropped my membership, not because I wasn’t interested, but because I didn’t feel strongly about candidates that were running for office. Until now.  I seem to be right back where I was in the 1960’s.

Lunch today was exciting; it was entertaining; it was enlightening; it was positive and hopefully will start to bring this district back to where it used to be; when it was safe to walk the streets of Ocean Beach at night; when it was safe to take your children along the seawall to the pier without exposing them to needles; feces; vulgar language.

Where finding used needles along Sunset Cliffs is a daily occurrence; where almost nightly firecrackers are set off by people disturbing the peace of those of us living in the area; where huge yoga classes replete with loud speakers do not disturb the residents early on Saturday morning; where traffic along the Cliffs is not dangerous because of double-parkers; racing automobiles and/or motorcycles; where garbage is put into trash cans thus eliminating the huge amount of rats that now live along the Cliffs.

So who did I have lunch with?

For starters, Angela Vedder and Mandy Havlik, both members of the Peninsula Community Planning Board, and Dr. Linda Lukacs, the candidate running against Dr. Jen Campbell for the District 2 seat on the City Council.  Although Angela and Linda are sympathetic to the Republican party, the District 2 seat is non-partisan, and I decided last year that I would have to vote for the best person for the position regardless of their political persuasion.

We met at the Jennings House for lunch, and Angela and Linda had never met before.  Mandy knew Angela because of their positions on the Community Planning Board, and she also knew Linda, as did I. Angela had many questions that she wanted to ask Linda before she felt that she could show her support for her.  So we got into it almost immediately.

Angela wanted to know how Linda felt about raising the 30 foot height restriction in the Midway district.  Linda said that she felt it was premature to make all these plans without having an infrastructure in place.  There has not been a traffic pattern established; putting in a 9 storied buildings when water is at a premium has not been discussed.

Keeping the Sports Arena – or moving it where it is closer to transportation has not been discussed.  She said she could see a compromise – maybe a 40’ foot limit, but until an infrastructure is established it is difficult to decide on anything pertaining to the Midway area.

A discussion ensued about the bridges being put up over the San Diego River. Is that to bring more people into the Midway area?  Why was there not a bike lane or pedestrian lane built into this plan?  Where are these people going to go? To the beach? Where are they going to park?

We discussed the need for more police enforcement along the coastal areas.  Linda said, and we all agreed, that the coastal communities need to “come together” instead of each community being an entity unto itself.  All of the communities are experiencing the same problems – some worse than others – but some areas are louder than others and seem to get more governmental help.

Linda said that she bought her house here because she liked what she saw.  Over the years she said that she finds herself getting angry, and at the same time, getting sad.  The changes that have taken place are not for the betterment of the community; they might be for the betterment of the politician, but the community is  suffering.

We talked about what may happen to the Formosa area; there is talk of building condo’s there.  What a crime that would be, and who will benefit by that?

We touched on the homeless crisis facing us and Linda said that the best way to handle it is to address the root causes.  She has an idea that is similar to the way Job Corps is run for those that need training and education.  The potential is excellent.

And still, the topic always came back to the need for an infrastructure secured by a long term plan for expansion and modernization.

One of the things that has bothered me about the incumbent is the lack of returning calls re: problems in the neighborhood.  Promises are made by people working for her, yet nothing ever comes to those promises.

Linda has promised to work for the community; to listen to our comments, complaints, suggestions, etc., and then work through them.  She said it is not always necessary to agree but if it is best for the community it should be done.  There are ways to work things out instead of cutting off a large group of people.

Throughout our entire lunch, Linda was asked questions by Mandy, Angela and myself that she always answered. She said that she may not have the answers now but she will listen, talk to others, before making a decision. She will not be persuaded by companies that tantalize her with promises of money for her campaign.

She lives in the community; she will work for the community.  She is committed to “supporting fiscally responsible, environmentally sensible policies and programs that enhance our quality of life.”

It probably does not matter to you, the reader, what my decision is, but I am going to tell you anyway.  I will be voting for Dr. Linda Lukacs. What we have now is basically nothing; I think that Linda will bring new life into a area that is slowly on the skids.  Republican or Democrat does not matter in this regard.  The office is non-partisan and I will be voting for the person that I think is the best for District 2.


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Judi August 24, 2022 at 11:20 am

There are many events coming up in the next few weeks where Dr. Lukacs – Linda – will be in attendance. She has been forthcoming in answering all the questions I have asked her; please seek her out if you have additional questions. Our area has gone downhill in the past few years; it is time for a change. (And as my publisher says – it’s my opinion.)


OBPLDem August 24, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Judi, sad to see that you’ve decided to throw away decades of supporting progress only to go vote for a member of a fascist party. Also disappointing to see Mandy Havlik, who ran as a Democrat, supporting a Republican as well. If she wants to run in this district again I hope voters remember that she’s working to install someone who supports the party of racism, sexism, forced birth and ending our democracy.


GML August 24, 2022 at 1:23 pm

Always tough to get sarcasm on the internet, but I’m assuming this is a great example.


Judi August 24, 2022 at 1:59 pm

I hope you are joking. She is not running as a Republican. She is running as a community member that sees many flaws in today’s representation of District 2. Mandy Havlik has said also that she is voting for the best one for the job. Their party affiliation is not a factor in this election. What is a factor is what Dr. Lukacs will do for District 2; there are so many things that have not, are not, being done that beg for help. I’m voting for the best person for the job – and that is Linda Lukacs.


OBPLDem August 24, 2022 at 2:39 pm

Judi, it doesn’t matter what she’s “running as”, she’s a Republican. She’s been endorsed by the Republican Party, Chris Cate, Lori Zapf, Kevin Faulconer and a ton of other former and current Republican elected officials. Her party ID in every UT, VOSD and OB Rag article is “Republican.” Hell in the second part of your interview with her you wrote “On the other hand, Linda is a registered Republican.”

She also made it clear that she’s fine with Trump in your interview, saying when you asked her thoughts on him “I am focused on the future, preserving and improving our quality of life here in San Diego. That is what this campaign is about. As for my feelings regarding Trump, I am hopeful 2024 will introduce 2 major party candidates that are committed to bringing our country together. ” I’m sorry but that word salad is not an acceptable answer. She clearly voted for him but just doesn’t want people to know because they know that electing people who voted for Trump is how we’re in the mess we’re currently in.

Just because this is a non-partisan race doesn’t mean she’s not a Republican. She clearly is and by remaining in the GOP continues to condone a party that’s wildly out of step with the VAST majority of D2 residents. If she was an independent she’d be running as one like Summer Stephan is. Her party registration speaks to her values, which so many of us have voted against year after year.

If you can vote for someone who supports Donald Trump’s policies and principles, I guess good for you. I’m just surprised you’d compromise your own principles so easily and aghast that you’d condone voting for someone who stands with a party who is against fighting climate change, marriage equality, bodily autonomy and our basic democracy.


Judi August 25, 2022 at 10:12 am

The policies of Donald Trump are not the problems facing District 2.
His policies are of National concern. The problems facing the City Council are city ones and not national. She is not a Trumpster and because she is a registered Republican does not make her an enemy.
If you vote for someone because of their party affiliation that is your choice. I try to vote for the person that I think is best for the job. In this case the best person, in my estimation, is Linda Luckas, regardless of her party affiliation.


OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 10:26 am

We have no evidence that she’s not a Trumpster. In fact, given an opportunity to tell us she wasn’t, she gave you a word salad that let herself off the hook. If she doesn’t share the ideals of the GOP – ideals she would bring into office because city council DOES vote on big issues where one’s ideology comes into play – why doesn’t she leave the party? And I still want to know who she voted for president in 2020. That’s one of the most important votes she’s cast and we deserve to know.


Chris August 26, 2022 at 1:44 pm

Virtue signaling at it’s finest.


OBPLDem August 26, 2022 at 2:10 pm

The only thing you’re signaling with this comment is a complete lack of creatively. Congrats on the laziest response possible!


Craig Alan Klein August 26, 2022 at 11:10 am

She has clarified and stated that Trump lost the election, and that Biden is the President. She has also stated that she is pro choice, and supports LGBTQ rights. These positions are out of step with current Republican orthodoxy. (Please read the OB Rag article on Part 2 of her interview with Judi Curry)


Chris August 26, 2022 at 1:42 pm

Virtu signaling at it’s finest.


Chris August 26, 2022 at 1:43 pm

Sorry Craig,
That was meant for OBPLDem.


David stjohn August 24, 2022 at 4:46 pm

Hi Judy,
First, I am a lifelong Democrat, liberal, former member of student for a democratic society, anti war, March on Washington, etc , I’ve supported democrats with generous contributions.

I cannot sit by and watch you receive silly personal attacks like person with the nomenclature “obpldem” has sent.

Firstly, our Democratic elected politicians like Jen Campbell have let us down. She has lied about her positions (too numerous to list here) just to get elected. We need to shake up our politicians, that just because you have “democrat” after your name doesn’t guarantee being elected. Just as we wish people wouldn’t vote for Trump because he has the label “republican”, we cannot allow poor candidates to be elected just because they claim a party label of “Democrat “

Everyone in Point Loma has noticed a decline in the areas beauty and livability. We have all seen Jens lack of interest in ocean beach or Point Loma. So, you apparently are ok with the Ashe Steet debacle, the 30 foot limit, the ok for short term rentals, etc, just because a Democrat (s) voted for them.

So, if you are really a person who believes in the ideals of the Democrat party then I ask you to not vote for Jen Campbell and just not vote in the D2 election. Let the grownups decide. Your point on climate change, etc go way beyond the charge of our district, so your argument is week. You are merely diverting attention away from D2 issues that Judy is trying to address.

By the way, try to not attack people. It only shows the weakness of your argument.


Judi August 25, 2022 at 10:13 am

Thank you.


retired botanist August 24, 2022 at 5:24 pm

Sorry (not sorry), a big ugh from me. Where are the Independents? Wouldn’t ever, never, in a million years back anyone who gives a nanosecond to the Repugnicant Party! How could you POSSIBLY think that, at this point in our nation’s crisis, backing someone who continues to identify w/ this party is a sound, political investment?! Local, state or federal level?! I can only hope that your continued narratives on someone who still identifies with that party, will simply highlight the unbelievable, outrageous profile that such (all GOP) candidates exhibit? I don’t care WHAT she says her local platform endorses, if she is not willing to jettison a corrupt party, then she’s not worth even the keystrokes you give her! With respect to the GOP, you’re either in or you’re out. Who else is out there? Well, let’s hope time is better spent finding alternative candidates to Campbell then endorsing someone not willing to give up endorsing such a gangster party! :-)


David stjohn August 24, 2022 at 5:41 pm

To the retired botanist,

I don’t see your solution. What are you going to do then?

What in Judi’s interview gave you pause? Yes, the national republicsn party is….I don’t know the word

Yes. We all wish for a better candidate or an independent locally. We had several good democratic opponents in the primary but they all lost.

By the way, let’s do a history review.
Strom Thurmond and others were democrats. Was the Democratic Party corrupt ? Did the vote for moderate and progressives overcome the reactionary forces since then?

Back to our district. The Jen campaign and the pac went after her democratic opponents in a very disgusting fashion. Where were all these correspondents back then who are now disgusted with the choices? Did they walk the district? Did they donate time and or money? Didn’t you guys realize what was going to happen locally?

Let the grown ups decide if you can’t


OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 9:43 am

David, I’m just going to go ahead and say you’re not actually a Democrat. No real Dem would call our party the “Democrat Party” as you did in your post above or bring up Strom Thurmond unprovoked. This reads like a FOX News viewer trying their best to sound like a Dem.

Also I’ve lived in PL for years and bemoaning it’s demise is as old as the peninsula itself. Go back and read old OB Rag articles about how this community felt about things when Faulconer or Zapf were running it. All these same comments were made then under different leadership. This community has NEVER been happy with it’s elected officials.

Regardless I will never vote for a Republican and I know that the vast majority of Dems or Independents, like botonist, won’t either. It’s just sad to see my generation give up on the values of our youth to vote for someone who happily represents a party as odious as the GOP now.


David st john August 25, 2022 at 9:57 am


Yes I am a Democrat who has been active in clubs, hosted democratic candidates in my home, etc. this sounds like another one of your personal attacks.

I have a suspicion you are one of Jen Campbells staff or consultants. Your arguments sound a lot like her attacks and promotions during her campaigns.

The local party could have asked Jen to retire so that a better candidate could be run . Instead, they threw their support behind her.

We elected a Democrat joyously so we would finally have someone who would support our neighborhood. Who did we get.


OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 10:24 am

I didn’t vote for Jen Campbell – I voted for Joel Day. David. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to give up my beliefs to vote for a Republican in 2022.

Also your list of “problems” comes down to the standard “I don’t want the place that I’m living in to change at all” complaints that break my heart from people our age. We benefitted from the kind of investment that so many of us are now fighting tooth and nail to stop.

I am devastated my kids and grandkids may not be able to stay in the city they grew up in because we’ve stopped building more homes for them, the kind of home building we all benefitted from.

We can’t put this place in amber David. That’s why you don’t like Jen it seems like. While I didn’t vote for her, she seems to realize we’re not going to be here forever and we need to think about where the next generation of San Diegans are going to live. We, as a generation, need to stop being selfish.


Frank Gormlie August 25, 2022 at 10:42 am

Ah, OBPLDem, your views are evidence of the dilemma facing progressive voters in District 2. Many are loath to vote for Campbell, a Democrat and many are damned if they’ll vote for a Republican.


OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 11:02 am

While I appreciate that Frank I don’t find it too difficult a dilemma. I pride myself on voting for the ideals that I try to live my life by, which is completely at odds with where the GOP is. We’d be having a much different conversation if Luckas wasn’t a Republican and had instead left her party to truly run on her ideals. Instead, she’s trying to do a delicate dance of not letting people (outside of Republicans) know her true values. It’s not 2000 anymore.We know who the GOP is and anyone who’s still a part of the party today has no excuse (and will never, ever get my vote).


Frank Gormlie August 25, 2022 at 11:52 am

If that is true — “voting for the ideals that I try to live by” — how can you support Campbell?


OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 12:17 pm

What values do you think I’m talking about here that aren’t represented by someone in good standing with the Democratic Party squaring off against a Republican?

I know you all don’t like Jen, that’s obvious. And I didn’t vote for her in the primary. But I’ve also seen this community upset at every single elected official who has ever represented the peninsula. I’m sure you’ve written plenty of articles about Lori Zapf (a quick search of her name brings forward a TON of negative articles about her on this website) or Kevin Faulconer or Mike Zuccett or Byron Wear when they represented D2, bashing their leadership and that they’ve “forgotten” about OB or PL. These complaints are always there and whoever holds this seat is always “the worst there’s ever been”. Whoever takes over in 2026 will also be written about that they’re not engaging enough or not returning enough phone calls or not listening enough. That’s just how this has always worked and won’t change.

I’m sorry that none of our candidates made it through the primary. But voting for a Dem over an R in 2022 is about the easiest thing you can do.


Frank Gormlie August 25, 2022 at 12:22 pm

I question your description of Campbell as being “in good standing.” In an unprecedented move, the local Democratic Party failed to endorse her for the primary. And during the primary, she received only 29+% of the vote in a Democratic-heavy district. She also was dis-elected by her fellow Dems as Council prez, also unprecedented.


OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 12:38 pm

Seems like she’s in good standing now? https://www.sddemocrats.org/candidates.html

Much like the Dem Party, i didn’t endorse her in the primary but, again like the Dem Party, she’s obviously my candidate versus a Republican.

Also I applaud this website for pointing out Save our Access cannot be supported because of them throwing their lot in with DeMaio (ugh). Anyone standing with him are against our values. Well Lukacs was endorsed by DeMaio so how is that not equally disqualifying? https://kogo.iheart.com/featured/california-election-guide/content/san-diego-county-voting-guide/

OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 12:45 pm

And to be clear I know this column represents Judi’s view, not the rag. But i would like to know from your perspective frank why some things are beyond the pale for some issues but maybe not for others (and you could be writing a similar article about Luckas and DeMaio and i just don’t know it so my apologies if you are!)

David stjohn August 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm

I have no idea of your rants basis that I want to live a return to the good old days. I thought democrats were supposed to support the quality of life and not the developers dreams. If younger people can’t live here, it’s partially due to short term vacation rentals. Brian Pease (remember him?) even spoke about his loss of housing in OB due to vacation rentals. Is your idea of having STVR part of your “ oh well that’s the past” and we just have to suck it up? I thought again that’s why all democrats were happy that a democrat would finally win and bring ideals back to D2.

Sometimes we have to pick the least stinky shirt. Sometimes ideals need to make allowances for practicalities. Otherwise it’s 4 more years of Jen.

Believe me, this has not been an easy discussion. I never thought I ( and other residents of D2) would be in this predicament.

I believe your candidate was in favor of SVTRs by the way, so I don’t know your vision of OB.


OBPLDem August 25, 2022 at 1:32 pm

David, I appreciate that you’re clearly a single issue voter around STVRs. A few notes –

I don’t like them.

If we got rid of every one of them, we’d still have thousands of homes necessary to make sure my kids can stay here. Like the total number of STVRs make up a fraction of what we need for our kids and grandkids.

They’re now capped.

Jen’s STVR vote was approved at council by an 8 – 1 vote (with CM LaCava voting “no” but saying some sort of compromise was necessary)

So are you voting for a Republican because you believe that she’ll somehow talk her fellow councilmembers (if elected) into relitigating STVRs or are you voting against Jen because of her actions as a punishment? The latter makes more sense than the former.


Craig Alan Klein August 26, 2022 at 11:14 am

Well then: I guess you are OK with four more years of Jenn Campbell. Good luck with that. If you can’t vote for Linda, just go ahead and write in Donald Duck, (or Porky Pig, if you must)


OBPLDem August 26, 2022 at 11:20 am

Jen Campbell or a Trump Republican? Craig, come on, that’s a pretty easy decision. I didn’t vote for her in the primary but I know we share more values than someone who continues to be a Republican in 2022. Luckas and I have a fundamental disagreement, through our party identification, on the basic tenants of what our country should look like.

And if folks want to write in a name or leave it blank, I get that! I’ve done that before (I’ll never for vote Mike Schaffer for instance and he’s a Dem) and will do it again. No shame in not being able to vote for either! But I can’t vote for a Republican ever (and I’m guessing most people here feel the same way).


Will August 25, 2022 at 6:18 am

Also worth noting that Strom and his ilk would obviously have migrated to the Republican party today and be tacitly welcomed. I am all for choosing the best candidate, but there are obvious disqualifications such as being trump supporter.


Frank Gormlie August 25, 2022 at 10:44 am

Yup, the yellow-dog Democrats. In 1968-1972, Richard Nixon successfully employed his Southern Strategy and openingly welcomed the out and out racists into the GOP fold. Most of them have been there ever since.


Richard August 25, 2022 at 8:11 am



Judi August 25, 2022 at 10:15 am

Richard, the funeral was held two years ago. Now the resurrection is coming.


Frank Gormlie August 25, 2022 at 10:36 am

Just for the record, when Judi interviewed Lukacs, here’s a couple of her responses:
Question 1) Personal views on a women’s right to choose:

I support a woman”s right to choose,” which is protected under California law. We are a nation and populace of great diversity in culture, religion, philosophy and law tempered and guided by evolving academic, ethical, practical and medical realities. I respect and appreciate that the issue of abortion is deeply personal. Life is a gift to be cherished and I appreciate that there are very real circumstances where a woman should have a right of say, solely and/or with partner.

Q2) Do you believe that Biden won the election?

Yes. It is now August of 2022. Joe Biden has been declared our elected President for more than 1½ years and it is time for all of us to move on and look to the future.


retired botanist August 25, 2022 at 4:14 pm

This is largely to David, who 1) asked what I would do per my comment on not voting for Lukacs simply b/c she is (and supports) the Republican Party, and 2) b/c he suggested I “sit at the children’s table” and let the “grown-ups decide”:
Let’s get the somewhat infantile, ‘grown-ups” comment out of the way first. Like you, I’ve been voting since 1969- roughly 50 yrs- on any local, state, or federal ballot on which I’m allowed to. Unlike you, who bills yourself as a “life-long Democrat”, I have always been registered as a voter without specific party alignment. But I’m fine with characterizing myself as “left” (whatever that means) of liberal. Am I a socialist? A progressive? An independent? Whatever, the label is irrelevant, the only thing “life-long” about my politics is my engagement, which takes many forms beyond the scope of this thread. (As an aside, its odd you brought up Strom Thurman: I actually had the misfortune to live in Charleston as a child during some of his tenure, and it is perhaps the one place in the world I would never, ever set foot in again, Jim Crow still being active at the time…)
Next, before I get to “what would I do”, let me pose the simple question, WHY does Ms. Lukacs need to run as a Republican? If her stands on local issues are popular enough, she should be able to run on those alone. Is it money? Are there components of the (horrible) GOP ideology that she aligns with? Voting for someone who identifies w/ GOP platforms is simply untenable for me, and perpetuates stuff I’m opposed to.
Next, I have not suggested that the Democratic party is virtuous; in spite of somewhat better ideologies, many of their practices are shameful. I’m (obviously) an advocate of a multi-party system, and its a very long road to get to that equality, and that discourse also a bit beyond the scope here. But I can say that the journey won’t even get underway if we’re willing to endorse people aligned with the Republican party.
And last, towards the ‘what would I do” comment, I can tell you that I’ve rebutted my “independence” for decades, from “you need to vote for 1 or the other lesser of 2 evils b/c that’s your obligation”, to the “are you a Nader splitter?”, or a “Bernie Bro siphoner?”, or, per the vagaries of state elections processes “you aren’t allowed to vote on this issue, or this primary, b/c you aren’t registered with either the Dems or the GOP”. Honestly? Being committed to a person rather than a party has been a minefield! :-)
But “wishing it were different” won’t take you very far. And endorsing a GOPer won’t take you anywhere. Promoting/endorsing/funding independent politicians, and endorsing and advocating for changes to excessive campaign funding, term limits, voting regulations, etc. is key to breaking the log jam of our 2-party system. So, rather than “leaving it” to other grown-ups, I will indeed decide how and when I will vote, when I am given the option to vote at all, or not. I am the change I want to see.


Craig Alan Klein August 26, 2022 at 11:18 am

Well then: Please take my advice and either pass on voting on the District 2 race, or write in Donald Duck, or any other cartoon character of your choice.


Judi August 25, 2022 at 4:49 pm

Remember – she is NOT running as a Republican! She is running as a representative. And local politics affect us differently than National ones.


retired botanist August 25, 2022 at 5:43 pm

Aah, except they don’t (she isn’t). Which is precisely the point. If you watched the GOP seed local jurisdictions, nationally, with judges over the Trump years, watched the infiltration of Republicans into local jurisdictions like school boards, municipal candidates, (hullo Lukacs?) etc., you would have a better view of the “room”. I stand by my claim- Why does Lukacs align herself w/ Republicans? Local politics are, rightly, often driven by specific issues (STVRs, height limits, capitol investments, etc.) that don’t necessarily (altho I’ll beg to differ on that issue, too) reflect national concerns, but local IS the heart of the national issue…


David St john August 25, 2022 at 6:07 pm

Hi Judy,

I give up trying bring an argument or rationale discussion to evaluate Lukacs as an alternative to our horrible council person who has done more damage to D2 than any other council person.
I just want to say thank you for having the courage to look around for a solution to Jen Campbell.

I don’t know what I’ll do, but thank you for your reporting and your love of Point Loma.


Judi August 26, 2022 at 6:35 pm

Again, thank you. It’s been a difficult decision.


OBPLDem August 26, 2022 at 9:45 am

Judi, you can keep saying she’s not “running” as a Republican but you’re unfortunately misleading people. She’s a Republican. She’s supported by Republicans. She’s endorsed by Carl DeMaio. She’ll vote like a Republican. It would be more honest to say “I dislike Jen Campbell so much that I’ll vote for a Trumper” because there the actual scenario here. You can try to say that it’s not but it is.


Craig Alan Klein August 26, 2022 at 11:21 am

Well then: Just say that you dislike Jenn Campbell so much that you could never vote for her, but that since you could never vote for a Trumper, you are passing on voting in the District 2 race. How about that?


OBPLDem August 26, 2022 at 11:26 am

Craig I’m going to vote for Jen. She wasn’t my first choice but I’m not going to leave that blank. I know I stand out from other posters here in that I don’t share the same “sky is falling” beliefs about Jen’s time here (see above, it’s the same things that we said about Lori and Kevin and Zuchett and Byron Wear) because the sky is always falling here (and will fall here whenever the next person takes over in 2026).

I know that folks don’t want to hear this but I’m not going to let perfect be the enemy of the good. Jen’s been fine – again, I didn’t vote for her in the primary – but I see the potential of a Republican representing D2 as a FAR worse outcome.


Geoff Page August 26, 2022 at 12:51 pm

I have never declined to vote in an election but I have left certain races blank, usually because I don’t know enough about judges and school boards to vote intelligently, not do I care to. For my very first time, I will do a write-in for Lori Saldaña.


Lori Saldaña August 26, 2022 at 2:28 pm

Thanks for the offer of support Geoff= but writing in names is no longer allowed in San Diego’s general elections- only in primaries. You can still do so- but the will disregard it.

The City changed the ordinance after Donna Frye won the write-in election for Mayor.

As you may recall: the Republicans supporting Jerry Sanders battled for weeks over “voter intent”- seeking to disqualify every vote cast by someone who didn’t fill in the bubble, and/or didn’t spell “Frye” with an “e,” and/or just wrote “Donna.”

What could they possible have intended?

So, as a result: the city changed the rules:
No more write-in candidates for November general elections.

Thank you for considering me!


Geoff Page August 27, 2022 at 1:01 pm

I’ll find someplace to write your name in, I will not color a bubble next to either candidate’s name.


Jud August 26, 2022 at 6:29 pm

Being a Republican does not make her a trumpeter. Being narrow minded does give us 4 more years of nothing beneficial to Ocean Beach and Pt. Loma. If you can’t see the way we are headed by re-electing Campbell that keep quiet when things continue to slide down hill. Forget Democratic/ Republican labels. Vote for the best candidate. Be bigger than the naysayers!


OBPLDem August 27, 2022 at 9:06 am

“Being a Republican does not make her a trumpeter”

Judi, are you giving ANY other Republican in 2022 that same benefit of the doubt? We all know the answer’s no.

If she’s not a Trumper then please, invite her to write an op/ed in The Rag laying out how she’s not. I’m sure the folks here would gladly post it!

You can keep trying to put this square peg in a round hole but it’s never going to work Judi. And if you think not supporting someone who’s a part of a fascist organization is “narrow-minded” then I don’t know what to tell you.


GML August 28, 2022 at 7:17 am

Not that I’m saying they should be supported but plenty of republicans are not “Trumpers”, e.g. Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, Adam Kinzinger, etc.


Chris August 29, 2022 at 2:53 pm

And this is why I accused you of virtu signaling. There ARE in fact Republicans who do not support Trump. There are even some who never supported him when he was running, let alone when he got elected. Yeah that’s uncommon but it’s not rare. I don’t know enough about this person Judi to give any informed opinion, but tying this person to fascism by virtu of her party is the same as a die hard right winger accusing every Democrat of being a Communist.


GML August 30, 2022 at 9:20 am

Please do not mix politics with rationality :)


OBPLDem August 30, 2022 at 10:12 am

Chris, she was given an opportunity to comment on Trump when Judi asked her this (also attached is her response) –

How do you feel about Trump?

I am focused on the future, preserving and improving our quality of life here in San Diego. That is what this campaign is about. As for my feelings regarding Trump, I am hopeful 2024 will introduce 2 major party candidates that are committed to bringing our country together. I am very committed to serving our District; to being present and active in our communities, to show up, to listen, to represent this you, and to protect and enhance this beautiful place we are so lucky to call home.

Does that sound like anything Romney, Cheney or Kinzinger has said about Trump? She had an opportunity to sound like them but didn’t. Why would she POSSIBLY get the benefit of the doubt as anyone else who’s still a part of the GOP? I’m sure if Linda wanted to clear the air on her stance on Trump she could write a letter to the OB Rag and they would post it! So why doesn’t she?


Jon Carr August 27, 2022 at 8:40 am

To keep saying these are nonpartisan offices is cute but not our reality. The city council is partisan regardless of the tired old “officially nonpartisan” language you always hear. Whoever you vote for, they’re bringing their party baggage along with them. CA law used to ban partisan elections to municipal office but I think that was ruled unconstitutional in the 90’s. So let’s please stop pretending. Both candidates are deeply flawed in their own ways. Jen because we know her and Linda because she aligns herself with a party that embraces racism, white nationalist ideologies and fealty to a single man over democracy. It’s perfectly acceptable in my opinion to question the judgment and motives of anyone who aligns with Donald’s party. We’re left to choose between a giant douche and a turd sandwich (that’s a shamelessSouth Park reference btw).


Frank Gormlie August 27, 2022 at 10:03 am

Yup. Anyone who gets elected to the city council has their party’s backing and money. If a candidate doesn’t have their party’s backing, they probably won’t get elected. Just ask Lori Saldana and Mandy Havlic. Problem is we now have Establishment Democrats who get a lot of money from the developer class. Local Dems are divided into at least two wings, the corporate Dems and the progressives. And finding a progressive Dem in an elected office is a rare occasion.


Mike August 28, 2022 at 3:57 pm

Thank you all for the discussion, and for your concern for D2.


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