SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A nonpartisan group of civic and business leaders who supported Nathan Fletcher in the Nov. 19 special election for San Diego mayor said Tuesday that they're endorsing Councilman Kevin Faulconer in the Feb. 11 runoff.
"I'm a San Diegan. I'm a Democrat. I'm a supporter of Nathan Fletcher. And I enthusiastically endorse Kevin Faulconer for mayor of San Diego," Port of San Diego Commissioner Bob Nelson told reporters.
Faulconer collected the most votes in the first go-round to decide who will finish the term of disgraced ex-Mayor Bob Filner. His City Council colleague, David Alvarez, edged out Fletcher -- a former assemblyman -- for the second spot on the runoff ticket.
With a higher turnout expected next month, it's considered critical for Faulconer to pick up as many Fletcher voters as possible.
Among those backing him Tuesday were David Malmuth of I.D.E.A. Partners LLC; Cheryl Kendrick, past chairwoman of both the California State Commission on the Status of Women and the Convention Center, and now a trustee at National University; Erik Caldwell of Icon Strategies; and Dan Shea, owner of Donovan's Steak and Chop House.
"I'm supporting Kevin Faulconer because he is committed to growing the local economy and creating more good paying jobs for San Diegans and working families," Shea said. "He plans to cut unfair regulations on small businesses, boost tourism with an expanded convention center and protect middle-class maritime jobs."
Alvarez, meanwhile gained the support of the city's lifeguards.
"Councilmember Alvarez does more than just listen, he has consistently pushed for staffing, training funds and innovative programs that support safe beaches," said Ed Harris, who leads the San Diego Lifeguards Association. "Kevin Faulconer voted to cut lifeguard staffing and eliminate lifeguard training. It was David who provided the leadership lifeguards needed to reinstate staffing and training."
Harris also credited Alvarez for pushing a partnership with Toyota through the City Council that resulted in the lifeguards receiving new equipment.
Alvarez said he's been working to restore municipal services, including public safety, that fell victim to budget-cutting in previous years.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.