Yes on D comes out swinging; Aguirre channels FDR’s ghost
In this week’s CityBeat, we jab the Yes on Prop. D campaign for twiddling their thumbs while their opponents are precinct walking and making the most of radio and TV appearances. How could we have known that Yes on D had something in the works this morning? (We couldn’t; no one here got the press release due to an e-mail server glitch.) But we did get the text of Mayor Jerry Sanders’ speech, given alongside city lifeguards and a couple of guys whom lifeguards saved from drowning. Why lifeguards? Sanders is responding to a post on the blog SD Rostra in which Gayle Falkenthal, a Prop. D spokesperson, wrote:
Government should provide essential services and NO MORE. But essential services aren’t all that easy to define. Let’s focus on the City of San Diego. Sure, we all agree on police and fire protection being essential. What about lifeguard service? I say no. It’s your choice to go into the ocean, so you accept the risk. Libraries? I love libraries but they aren’t essential either, certainly not in the age of the Internet.
The mayor’s response:
Some believe our beaches should be left unguarded and unpatrolled, with no enforcement and no protection of innocent lives. The campaign against Proposition D, headed up by [Councilmembers] Carl Demaio and Kevin Faulconer, seems to be comfortable with that prospect. Yesterday, the No on Prop. D campaign’s spokeswoman declared that our lifeguards should all be laid off—and if people drown, well that’s the consequence of their risky decision to swim in the ocean.
And, later in the speech:
By the way, the spokeswoman for No on Prop. D also thinks we should close all of our libraries. I guess she thinks children whose families can’t afford books are also guilty of making risky choices.
So, there you have it. No one’s got a bully pulpit quite like the mayor.
In other news, former City Attorney Mike Aguirre reportedly showed up at the Democratic Central Committee meeting last night, asking the committee to reconsider its support of Prop. D. Aguirre is opposed—and will be debating Councilmember Donna Frye on it tomorrow (Sept. 23) at the Joyce Beers Center in Hillcrest. Aguirre left committee members this flyer: