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Election post-mortem

June 9, 2010 - 5:12 pm

Last night, CityBeat tried something new: “live blogging” from election central and the W Hotel (where the Democratic Party was camped out, due to a labor boycott of Golden Hall). It got a little chaotic at times, but it was fun and we plan to do it again in November. You can read through the archive here and I’ve included some highlights below:

* The conversation kicked off with a discussion about mail-in ballots—something that county Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler prefers over in-person voting, arguing it could save the county millions of dollars. But, as Frank Gormlie from OB Rag pointed out about voting-by-mail: “It is easier but a friend of mine had mailed in her ballot only to find that she knew nothing about the controversies in the judges‘ race.”

* Early in the evening, political consultant Chris Crotty predicted that District 6 City Council candidate Howard Wayne would take the race: “I’m not sure [Lorie] Zapf used her late money from the Republicans well enough and now it’s only a question as to whether Wayne wins outright tonight.” (Zapf, who whose anti-gay statements and home-loan default have been covered in CityBeat, ended up with 36 percent of the vote; Wayne came in second with 24.7 percent of the vote.)

* Crotty also noted that school board incumbent Katherine Nakamura sent out only one mailer; unlike City Council races, school board races start with a district-only vote in the primary and the top-two vote-getters then move on to a citywide vote in November. Nakamura, surprisingly, came in third.

* Shaun Dakin from StopPoliticalCalls.org joined the conversation for a bit. Dakin pointed out a study done by researches at Yale: “Robocalls have a perfect record for never having worked.”

* Barry Jantz from SD Rostra predicted that Prop. D, the strong-mayor ballot initiative, would win with 52 percent of the vote while “low turnout and more GOP interest at state level helps the supes potentially avoid a run off.” According to current results, Prop. D got 60 percent of the vote and both county supervisors (Ron Roberts and Bill Horn) will, for the first time in 12 years for Horn and possibly ever for Roberts, face challengers in November.

*I asked Toni Atkins, a Democrat who ran unopposed for Assembly District 76, what her first piece of legislation might be. “I would hope to be able to work on some legisation on housing issues, specifically on homelessness,” she said.

* There was lots of talk among our bloggers about who might run for mayor in 2012. Names that came up on the Republican side: City Councilmembers Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer; District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis; state Assembly member and Chelsea’s Law author, Nathan Fletcher. On the Democratic side: City Councilmember Todd Gloria and former City Councilmember / current Port District Commissioner Scott Peters.

* Although one of his handlers insisted that we talk with him last night, District 8 City Council candidate B.D. Howard took one look at our table, shook his head and walked away, explaining later that he didn’t like that we published a snotty response he gave editor David Rolland when asked to participate in a candidates’ forum Rolland was moderating (Howard wanted the questions beforehand). Howard ultimately came in third and, in a comment to the Union-Tribune, suggested that despite lots of precinct-walking, he didn’t really know his district: “The media outlets consider this a Mexican-American district, and it’s not,” he told reporter Jen Steele. (A San Diego Association of Governments demographic profile puts the district at 71 percent Latino.)

* And, lastly, there was endless banter over what color tie voiceofsandiego.org reporter Liam Dillon was wearing: Purple? Lavender? Violet?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2010 - 6:06 pm 6:06 pm

    Just before I received an email about this post I was saying to myself… “self, I wonder what happened yesterday”, but I didn’t want to know what the media had to say…

    Then you offered this non-media piece. Thank you very much for the ‘peoples’ update!

    Now I’m really mad at myself for not knowing about the judges issue. Damm!

    I call a MULLIGAN!

  2. pistoleropete permalink
    June 9, 2010 - 10:48 pm 10:48 pm

    I hope Bonnie doesn’t end up as mayor…I voted for my dead dog Duke for DA yesterday. Maybe with any luck, I’ll be back in Chicago by 2012.

  3. barryjantz permalink
    June 9, 2010 - 11:02 pm 11:02 pm

    An outstanding experiment in live blogging; I was glad to be a part of it. Thanks for the invitation. Glad I predicted one thing right. Kinda. (As in kinda right, not kinda glad.)

  4. June 9, 2010 - 11:38 pm 11:38 pm

    Thanks Barry. We really appreciated your participation (and for giving us bipartisan cred). Pete, thanks for weighing as well.

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