Jan 27, 2018
Something's up with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
He kicked the year off with a tenacious State of the
City speech where he acknowledged the city's shortcomings on
homelessness. A week after, he showed up at the Metropolitan
Transit System’s board meeting to support Democratic City
Councilwoman Georgette Gomez’s
successful bid to be the new chair.
And just a couple of days ago, Faulconer tapped political guru Kris Michell as the city's new chief operating officer. Although Michell is no stranger to San Diego politics, her new position marks a major change for the role, which has generally gone to technocrats rather than political operators.
On this week's podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts discuss the big changes at City Hall.
"The mayor is really trying to infuse the operations now with more of his priorities, with more of his will," Lewis said.
Scott Sherman also joins the first half of the podcast via telephone to discuss his new proposal to appoint San Diego City Council presidents by seniority.
Scott Peters Might Run for Mayor
Rep. Scott Peters is not a fan of President Donald Trump.
"The Trump administration is eviscerating everything," he said.
The third-term congressman, who's running for reelection in the 52nd District, stopped by our podcast studio this week to talk with Lewis and Keatts about Trump, net neutrality, the Convention Center expansion, marijuana policies, immigration and more.
He called Trump's proposed border wall "boring and a waste of money," and he also discussed the possibility of running for mayor of San Diego.
"I'm totally considering it," he said. "I've been working really hard on this town. I love the town. It's my home. I care a lot about it. And in Congress, it's my mission to serve San Diego as much as it is to serve the country."