At the 6th Biennial San Diego County Democratic Convention, Gretchen Newsom, political director of IBEW Local 569 and Ocean Beach community leader, announced that she is running for mayor of San Diego. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby responded to the news, praising Newsom for her courageous decision.
Francine Busby, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, issued a statement to the press regarding San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his association with extremist presidential candidates and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): "Express your disappointment that he has endorsed this extremist group. And let the legislators and lobbyists at the Manchester Grand Hyatt know that California, and specifically San Diego, is a ‘No ALEC Zone’!”
“This organization is a threat to democracy in the United States,” said Busby. “As the leader of one of the largest cities in the country, Mr. Faulconer should have the guts to stand up to this bill mill funded by corporate lobbyists and billionaires trying to drown out the voice of the people. The mayor claims to be a moderate Republican. He claims to serve everyone. He should prove that by standing up to corporate bullies and refusing to speak at the ALEC meeting.”
Two statewide constitutional officers were in San Diego Wednesday night to advocate for the activation and mobilization of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. California Treasurer John Chiang and Controller Betty Yee attended a fundraiser hosted by the San Diego Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Democratic Club. The club raised more than $10,000 for a new AAPI voter registration and outreach program in San Diego County.
With nearly all ballots now counted, San Diego Democrats scored some major successes despite record-low turnout and a rough political climate. Fully 64% of the local candidates endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party won their races. As a result, Democrats will pick up new mayorships and gain seats and majorities on city councils and school boards in every part of the county.
County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby: “By vetoing the city’s minimum wage increase, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is delaying much-needed financial relief for tens of thousands of local families. In addition to holding back $260 million from the paychecks of hard-working San Diegans, this veto overturns the guarantee of five earned sick days for every employee in the city.