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Activist Ian Trowbridge files to take on City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer in 2010

June 17, 2009 - 3:47 pm

Activist Ian Trowbridge filed papers today to take on City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer in the 2010 election for the District 2 City Council seat.

“Kevin is a very sweet guy, I don’t think he’s pushed hard enough,” Trowbridge told CityBeat. “The other issue is open government. I don’t think Kevin has made much of that issue either.”

Trowbridge has made a name for himself on several issues related to the waterfront, but perhaps most notably as one of the leaders of the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition, a citizen’s group working to shut down Doug Manchester’s Navy Broadway Complex. But his work has extended to Port of San Diego issues (he told CityBeat that if elected he woudl work to recall Port Commissioner Scott Peters) he has advocated for reform of the city’s redevelopment managers, the Centre City Development Corporation and the Southeastern Development Corporation.

He said he thinks he can work well with all the current members of the City Council, “except Ben Hueso, and Ben will be long gone if I get elected.”

Trowbridge said he wouldn’t be speaking again publicly or to the press for the next couple of months.

“I am a maverick, and I’ll be just talking privately with people,” he said. “And don’t ask me whether I’ve got any endorsements, because at this stage I don’t want any, either from the queen of labor [head of the Labor Council] Lorena Gonzalez or the Chamber of Commerce.”

Trowbridge was defeated by Faulconer in the special election of 2006.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian Trowbridge permalink
    June 18, 2009 - 12:04 am 12:04 am

    Eric: Just to add one thing to your story:

    I also filed suit against SDDC effectively blocking the $100,000 of taxpayer money that former president, Caroline Smith, was to receive as a golden parachute while Kevin and the mayor sat on their hands.

    I don’t rule out filing suit to recover the million dollars of secret bonuses she gave herself and her staff that had no basis in law. But I would be happy to see the city saving me the hassle by doing its job.

  2. Hueso means "the pit" permalink
    June 20, 2009 - 9:54 am 9:54 am

    No one who is honest or intelligent can work with Hueso.

  3. diegonomics permalink
    June 22, 2009 - 7:19 pm 7:19 pm

    Don Wall strode through the underground parking garage of San Diego Police Departments central division. Helmet in hand, with riding gloves and attache, he approached his motorcycle. His Beemer Police Special was pricey, but ‘Becca Lou’ was a joy to behold, and riding her was the most fun a man could have with his uniform on.

    It took concentracion- total concentration. In his mind, ‘The Donald’ was checklisting. There was always so much to do. San Diego’s too low police officer per citizen ratio- (per capita) made the age old game of cops and robbers a tough chore. The Donald wouldn’t BS you even for a minute.
    While putting on his uniform, his first priority was to locate and interdict potential drunk drivers.


    His immaculate riding boots resounded in the subterranean parking structure.

    When he arrived at his bike, he breathed deeply. Back in the day, it was at this point that he would do Tai Chi. The old IB hippie had caught his ration of crap for that.

    Now, he gazed at himself in his bike’s rear view mirror- at himself.

    He recited his mantra:

    “Its Kung Fu Panda. Theres no secret- its you.”

    Police officer Wall depressed the starter of his Bavarian Motor Works Police Special:

  4. Finucane 2010 permalink
    June 25, 2009 - 6:56 pm 6:56 pm

    There is another Democrat who has officially filed, and who will be a major force in this race: 31 year old Patrick Finucane.

    An engineer and longtime community activist serving on the PB Town Council and League of Conservation Executive Board, Patrick is deeply committed to the needs of the the district.

    Check Patrick out at

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