KPBS Mayoral Debate


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>> >>: HELLO, I'M MORE EAN CAVANAUGH, THIS IS A KPBS SPECIAL BROADCAST, THE RACE FOR
MAYOR. A DEBATE WITH THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR MAYOR
IN THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO. EACH CANDIDATE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE
AN OPENING STATEMENT AND THEN WE'LL RESPOND TO QUESTIONS FROM OUR STUDIO AUDIENCE.
WE ALSO HAVE PRE RECORDED QUESTIONS FROM LEADERS IN BUSINESS, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE ARTS
IN SAN DIEGO. THE CANDIDATES TAKING PART IN TONIGHT'S DEBATE
ARE SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCILMAN CARL DEMAIO AND CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER.
WE BEGIN WITH OPENING STATEMENTS, EACH CANDIDATE HAS TWO MINUTES, THE ORDER WAS DETERMINED
BY RANDOM DRAW. CITY COUNCILMAN CARL DEMAIO IS FIRST.
YOUR TIME BEGINS NOW. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU
FOR TUNING IN FOR THIS DEBATE ABOUT A VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION FOR OUR CITY'S FUTURE.
IN 35 DAYS SAN DIEGANS WILL GO TO THE POLLS AND THEY'LL MAKE A DECISION AND THE QUESTION
BEFORE THEM WILL BE ARE WE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD AND FINISH THE JOB OF FISCAL REFORM TO CREATE
JOBS, RESTORE SERVICES, REBUILD OUR NEIGHBORHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE, OR ARE WE GOING TO FLIP BACK.
SLIP BACK TO THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE PAST WHERE SPECIAL INTEREST CONTROLLED CITY HALL
AND WHERE TAX PAYER MONEY WAS WASTED, WHERE WE LOST THE VERY QUALITY OF LIFE PROGRAMS
THAT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS DESERVE. I THINK SAN DIEGANS WANT TO MOVE FORWARD.
THEY UNDERSTAND THEY WE HAVE FISCAL CHALLENGES STILL TO RESOLVE AT CITY HALL AND WE NEED
TO HAVE A MAYOR WHO CAN COMPLETE THE JOB OF FISCAL REFORM.
WE ALSO NEED A MAYOR WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT SAN DIEGANS HAVE HAD A ROUGH ECONOMY FOR THE
PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND WE NEED TO GET SAN DIEGANS BACK TO WORK.
WE DO THIS BY CUTTING RED TAPE ON SMALL BUSINESSES, BY IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS, AND BY FOCUSING
ON EACH OF OUR ECONOMIC SECTORS, LISTENING TO EACH SECTOR, EACH BUSINESS OWNER, EACH
WORKER TO FIND OUT HOW CAN WE CHANGE THE CULTURE AT CITY HALL, TO HELP THEM, HELP THEM SUCCEED.
NOW, THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DIFFERENCES THAT WILL BE DEBATED TONIGHT ON POLICY.
MY OPPONENT AND I DISAGREE ON MANY POLICY ISSUES.
BUT I THINK THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO OF US IS OUR APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP.
WE NEED A MAYOR WHO CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND GET THINGS DONE.
I DON'T CARE WHETHER IT'S A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN IDEA, BECAUSE THERE'S NO DEMOCRAT
OR REPUBLICAN WAY TO FILL A POT HOLE OR RESPOND TO A 911 CALL.
WE NEED A MAYOR WHO CAN WORK WITH BOTH SIDES, A PROVEN RECORD OF UNITING SAN DIEGANS RATHER
THAN TRYING TO DIVIDE THEM. I WANT TO BE THAT MAYOR FOR YOU.
FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER AND ACHIEVE AD LOT.
>> >>: THANK YOU COUNCILMAN DEMAIO. AND CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER, YOUR NEXT.
>> >>BOB FILNER: GOOD EVENING AND THANK YOU TO KPBS FOR SPONSORING THIS CONVERSATION TONIGHT.
THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO CANDIDATES.
I HAVE A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL ON THE SCHOOL BOARD OF SAN DIEGO,
10 YEARS IN THE CONGRESSÊ 10 TERMS IN THE CONGRESS.
AND WHAT WE HAVE SHOWN THERE IS THE ABILITY TO GET THINGS DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF SAN DIEGO.
SO WE DIFFER GREATLY IN OUR EXPERIENCE, WE ALL DIFFER GREATLY IN WHO'S SUPPORTING US
AND WHAT OUR AIMS ARE WHEN WE'RE IN OFFICE. I AM FOR THE NEIGHBORHOODS FOR BETTERING THE
QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. AS MUCH AS MR.ÊDEMAIO SAYS SOME HOW WE'RE
GOING TO GET OUT OF SPECIAL INTEREST, ALL THE SPECIAL INTEREST IN SAN DIEGO SUPPORT
HIM WHETHER IT'S THE BIGGEST PUBLISHER AND BIGGEST PUBLISHER IN TOWN, THE DEVELOPERS
AND THE LOBBYISTS AND THOSE WHO HAVE GAINED FROM THIS CITY OVER THE LAST FIFTY YEARS.
JUST TODAY THERE WAS A VOTE ON THE CITY COUNCIL TO FINANCE THE EXPANSION OF THE CONVENTION
CENTER. I'M FOR THE EXPANSION.
BUT HERE'S HOW THEY DECIDED TO DO IT LEAD BY MR.ÊDEMAIO.
THEY ALLOWED A PRIVATE GROUP, THE HOTEL OWNERS OF THE CITY, WHO DON'T LIVE HERE BY THE WAY,
THEY SAID DO YOU WANT A 5% TAX ON TOURISTS? THEY GOT TO VOTE ON IT, AND NOT ONLY THAT
THEY GET TO USE THE MONEY FOR THEIR OWN SPECIAL INTEREST.
THEY GET 30ÊMILLION DOLLARS FROM THE CITY PER YEAR.
IS THAT A WAY TO RUN A CITY? THERE OUGHT TO BE A PUBLIC VOTE, THE MONEY GOES TO A PUBLIC
TREASURY, NOT SPECIAL INTEREST. SO CARL, YOU CAN'T SAY YOU'RE FOR THE SPECIALÊ
AGAINST THEM, AND THEN TAKE ALL THE MONEY THAT THEY GIVE YOU.
THE PUBLISHER, HE USES REFORM, EVERY OTHER WORD.
YOU KNOW WHAT REFORM MEANS? REAL ESTATE FOR MANCHESTER.
MANCHESTER BEING THE PUBLISHER NEWS PAPER. ALL THE ISSUE THAT CARL SUPPORTS, WHETHER
IT'S DEVELOPMENT OF DOWNTOWN, SO CALLED BROADWAY COMPLEX, MISSION VALLEY, THE TERMINAL PROPERTY
THAT MR.ÊMANCHESTER WANTS DOO TO DEVELOPÊ >> >>: THANK YOU BOB FILNER.
WE'LL MOVE ON TO QUESTIONS NOW. AND CONGRESSMAN FILNER, YOU HAVE THE FIRST
QUESTION. YOUR OPPONENT HAS RECEIVED A NUMBER OF HIGH
PROFILE ENDORSEMENTS AS YOU JUSES MENTIONED, MAYOR JERRY SANDERS, BUSINESS LEADERS FROM
THE MOVEMENT TO THE MIDDLE AND QUALCOMM'S IRWIN JACOBS ALL NOW PUBLICLY SUPPORT DEMAIO
FOR MAYOR. WHY ARE YOU NOT GETTING THE SUPPORT OF THESE
INFLUENTIAL SAN DIEGANS? WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT SAYS TO VOTERS ABOUT YOU AS A CANDIDATE
FOR MAYOR? >> >>BOB FILNER: IT SAYS ALL THE SPECIAL INTERESTS
ARE FOR KRAWM. THE VERY SAME PEOPLEÊ EVERYONE YOU MENTIONED
SUPPORTED EITHER DOMES OR NATHAN FLETCHER IN THE PRIMARY.
GET GUESS WHAT, THEY'RE NOT HERE. I LOVE ALL THOSE PEOPLE, BUT THEY HAVEN'T
ENDORSED THE WINNERS Y GUESS WE KNOW WHO'S GOING TO WIN.
I'LL PUT MY CARPENTERS AND MY IRON WORKERS AND MY POLICE OFFICERS IN THE FIRE FIGHTER
WHOSE ENDORSED ME TODAY AND THE LIFE GUARDS AND THE TEACHERS, I'LL PUT THEM UP AGAINST
THOSE SPECIAL INTEREST ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. BUT, YOU KNOW, I JUST HAD AÊ I JUST HAD A
INTERESTING PRESS CONFERENCE THE OTHER DAY WHEN WOMEN LINED UP FOR MEÊ WOMEN ALL THE
WOMEN'S GROUPS IN THE CITY, WHETHER IT'S NOW, WHETHER IT'S PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND SENATOR
CHRIS KEHOE, FORMER SENATOR CHENEY, NORM SENATOR D. D. AL PRT, ASSEMBLY BOOM WOMAN TONY AT
KNS, COUNCIL MEMBER MARTI EMERALD, ON AND ON.
ARE THOSE NOT WONDERFUL LEADERS IN OUR CITY? ALL THE ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT
ME, ALL THE EDUCATION, HEALTH ORG NATIONS SUPPORT ME.
THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO DON'T SUPPORT ME ARE THE SPECIAL INTEREST.
I'LL GIVE THEM TO CARL AND WE'LL HAVE THE PEOPLE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.
>> >>: CARL DEMAIO YOU HAVE ONE MIN TOOT RESPOND. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: I FIND IT EXTRAORDINARY
A CONGRESSMAN WHO'S TAKEN OVER 4ÊMILLION DOLLARS FROM PACS IN WASHINGTON FOR HIS YEAR,
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM LAWYERS AND DEVELOPERS, BACKED FROM THE SAME INTEREST
THAT HELPED TO CREATE OUR FINANCIAL CRISIS TRIED TO RAISE TAXES, THE LIST GOES ON AND
ON WOULD STAND UP HERE AND SAY HE'S FREE OF SPECIAL INTEREST BACKING.
LOOK, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY COALITION AND MY OPPONENTS.
MY OPPONENT HAS ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE AISLE. AS MAUREEN POINTED OUT, I HAVE MAYOR JERRY
SANDERS, A REPUBLICAN. IRWIN JACOBS, THE LEADING DEMOCRAT IN OUR
CITY, AND OF COURSE THE MOVEMENT TO THE MIDDLE. THE GROUP THAT SAYS LET'S NOT WORRY ABOUT
PARTY LABEL, LET'S COME TOGETHER. MY COALITION REPRESENTS DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS,
INDEPENDENTS FROM ALL AROUND THE CITY IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE.
WE ALL LOVE SAN DIEGO. AND THAT IS A TIE THAT UNITES.
IT ALLOWS US TO OVERCOME DISAGREEMENTS FROM TIME TO FIEM IS AND PARTY LABELS.
>> >>: CONGRESSMAN FILNER YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS FOR REBUTTAL.
>> >>BOB FILNER: I WAS PRESIDENT OF SCHOOL BOARD AND ONE OF TWO DEMS.
DEPUTY MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO, ONE OF THREE DEMOCRATS IN SAN DIEGO.
I WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND LEAD THE CONGRESS INTO VIRTUALLY
UNANIMOUS DECISIONS ON FUNDING OUR VETERANS. YOU CAN'T DO THAT BY YOUR DEVICES CARL.
YOU GET ELECTED BECAUSE YOUR ARE A LEADER, BECAUSE YOU CAN BRING THOSE PEOPLE TOGETHER
AND GET THINGS DONE. THAT'S THE HALLMARK OF MY CAREER.
YOU'RE A ONE TERM FAILED COUNCILMAN. >> >>MODERATOR: TIME.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS NEXT QUESTION IS FOR COUNCILMAN DEMAIO.
LAST WEEK KPBS NEWS INVESTIGATION PUBLISHED AN E MAIL CORRESPONDENCE WRITTEN BY JOHN LYNCH,
CEO OF UT SAN DIEGO IN WHICH MR.ÊLYNCH CLAIMED SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN CONVINCING
ONE OF THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES TO SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION OF A STADIUM COMPLEX ON THE TENTH AVENUE MARINE
TERMINAL SIGHT. THE QUESTION IS NUMBER ONE, COUNCILMAN, WAS
HE TALKING ABOUT YOU? AND NUMBER TWO PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOUR VISION IS FOR SAN DIEGO'S
PORT. AND YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES TO ANSWER.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: THANK YOU. I DO NOT SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TENTH
AVENUE TERMINAL. CHANGING ITS USE FROM A DEEP WATER PORT, BRINGING
CARGO IN FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO A FOOTBALL STADIUM.
AS I SAID IN THAT INTERVIEW, AS I'VE SAID FROM DAY ONE, YOU CAN PUT A FOOTBALL STADIUM
ANYWHERE. BUT YOU CANNOT PUT A DEEP WATER PORT ANYWHERE.
AND WE ARE ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE MAXIMIZE THE TENTH AVENUE TERMINAL
AS PART OF OUR REGIONAL ECONOMIC STRATEGY. I LAID OUT IN MY PATHWAY TO PROSPERITY, 110
PAGE JOBS REPORTED, HOW WE'RE GOING TO CUT RED TAPE AND GET JOBS BANG IN SAN DIEGO AVERY
DETAILED AND VIBRANT WAY TO EXPAND OUR PORT CARGO AND TENTH AVENUE TERMINAL IS THE CENTER
PIECE OF OUR STRATEGY. ON THAT SAME Y MAY, IT WAS INTERESTING THAT
THE UT CEO MENTIONED HE GOT SUPPORT FROM LABOR, THAT HE GOT SUPPORT FROM BUSINESS GROUPS BUT
VERY GROUPS THAT ARE OUT THERE HAVE SUPPORTED THE PLAN.
SO I JUST THINK THAT THE E MAIL PROBABLY WAS MAKING SOME CLAIMS THAT ARE NOT GROUNDED IN
REALLY. MY RECORD IS CLEAR. AND UNLIKE OPPONENT, MY
POSITIONS DON'T CHANGE BASED ON POLITICAL WHIMS.
I AM PROUD OF THE SUPPORT I'M GETTING FROM THE SAN DIEGO PORT TENANTS ASSOCIATION.
AND THE SUPPORT I'M GETTING FROM THE SAN DIEGO SHIP REPAIR WHICH ALSO OPPOSES THAT DEVELOPMENT.
IT ALLOWS ME TO WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO I MIGHT DISAGREE WITH, IN A BALANCED WAY, ON ISSUES
THAT RUN THE GAMETE INCLUDING FISCAL REFORM, PENSION REFORM, AND GENERAL ECONOMIC STRATEGIES
THAT WILL ALLOW US TO GET SAN DIEGANS BACK TO WORK.
AS MAYOR YOU NEED TO SOMETIMES DISAGREE WITH PEOPLE WHO MAY SUPPORT YOU BECAUSE IT'S IN
THE BEST INTEREST OF SAN DIEGANS AND THAT'S SOMETHING I'VE DONE TIME AND TIME AGAIN UNLIKE
MY OPPONENT. >> >>MODERATOR: JUST TO BE CLEAR, COUNCILMAN
DEMAIO, YOU HAVE MOW NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT JOHN LYNCH IS SPEAKING ABOUT YOU IN THAT
E MAIL, IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING US? >> >>CARL DEMAIO: YOU'D HAVE TO ASK HIM, BUT
I WILL BE VERY CLEAR IN MY POSITION AS I HAVE FROM DAY ONE.
I DO NOT SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT AT TENTH AVENUE TERMINAL, CONVERTING IT INTO A STADIUM.
IT SHOULD REMAIN A DEEP WATER PORT, WE HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND JOBS AT THAT
TERMINAL. >> >>MODERATOR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
CONGRESSMAN FILNER, YOU HAVE A MINUTE TO RESPOND. >> >>BOB FILNER: CARL, YOU DIDN'T ANSWER THE
QUESTION WHICH IS THE INFLUENCE OF MR.ÊMANCHESTER, MR.ÊLYNCH ON YOUR CAMPAIGN THEY OBVIOUSLY
WANT TO BUY THE ELECTION, THEY WANT TO BUY CITY GOVERNMENT AND DO THINGS IN THEIR WAY.
BY THE WAY, UP UNTIL TONIGHT YOU SAID YOU'VE BEEN AGAINST THAT AT THIS TIME.
THERE'S A REASON WHY MR.ÊMANCHESTER AND MR.ÊLYNCH ARE GIVING YOU MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
THEY'RE NOT GIVING IT TO SOMEONE WHO OPPOSES THEM BUT TO SOMEONE WHO AGREES TO WORK WITH
THEM. YOU KNOW, THE E MAILS THAT ARE REFERENCED
AND I THANK KPBS FOR BRINGING THEM TO LIGHT, THEY SAIDÊ I DON'T EVE KNOWN WHAT MR.ÊLYNCH
LOOKS LIKE SO THEY HAVE TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT. THEY SAID TO THE PORT COMMISSIONERS
COME F YOU DON'T VOTE TO STUDY OUR PROPOSAL WE'RE GOING TO LEAD AN EFFORT TO DISBAND THE
PORT COMMISSION. THAT'S WHAT THE PAPERS ARE THROWING THEIR
WEIGHTED AROUND, WHY THEY'RE BACKING THIS GUY.
COME CLEAN, CARL. YOU SAID YOU DON'T HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH THEM.
I WANT TO RELEASE YOUR PERSONAL E MAILS AND YOUR PHONE CALLS AND YOUR CALENDARSÊ
>> >>MODERATOR: TIMEÊ CONGRESSMAN, THAT'S TIME.
>> >>BOB FILNER: RELEASE THEM AND WE'LL SEE THEM.
>> >>MODERATOR: YOU HAVE A 30 SECONDS FOR REBUTTAL.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: SO MANY UNFOUNDED AND ERRONEOUS ACCUSATIONS IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME,
BOB, HOW DO YOU DO IT? IN MY OFFICE, IN WASHINGTON YOU DO GET GREAT EXPERIENCE IN THAT.
MY OFFICE HAS RELEASED ALL E MAILS AND SHOWS WE HAVE NO CONVERSATIONS OVER E MAIL.
I'VE TAKEN A MEETING, REQUESTED BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD AND WE MEET WITH THE EDITORIAL BOARD
AND INTERESTED GROUPS ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES. IN CONTRAST YOU REFUSE BECAUSE YOU HAVE CONGRESSIONAL
PRIVILEGE TO RELEASE YOUR OFFICE'S CORRESPONDENTS AND SO MR.ÊFILNERÊ
>> >>MODERATOR: THAT'S TIME. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: RELEASE YOUR.
>> >>MODERATOR: THANK YOU BOTH. WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM THE AUDIENCE.
FROM PAT ZAHAROPOLIS, PRESIDENT OF THE SAN DIEGO MIDDLE CLASS TAX PAYERS ASSOCIATION.
>> >>: GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN JUST SIGNED A BILL THAT REQUIRES THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO TO
PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY FOR ITS EMPLOYEES. THAT ARE NEWLY HIRED BECAUSE THEY NO LONGER
HAVE GUARANTEED PENSIONS. WILL THIS NEW REQUIREMENT MAKE THE SWITCH
FROM PENSIONS MORE FROM THE ESTIMATED 30ÊMILLION DOLLARS IT WILL COST THE CITY NEXT YEAR AND
WASN'T PROPOSITION B SUPPOSED TO SAVE US MONEY? >> >>MODERATOR: THAT GOES TO YOU, CONGRESSMAN
FILNER. >> >>BOB FILNER: WELL, LET'S FIRST GET SOME
HISTORY Y.PO OPPOSE PROPOSITION B, I SHOULD NOT BE CALLED UPON TO DEFEND IT.
BUT WHAT PROPOSITION B DID WAS TAKE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NOT ON SOCIAL SECURITY, WHO DO NOT
HAVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND SAID YOU DON'T HAVE ANYMORE PENSION.
THE LEGISLATURE PASSED THIS LAW WHICH SAID YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM A PENSION.
AS I UNDERSTAND THE PROPOSITION, WHICH I GUESS HE WROTE, UH, THEY COULD USE THE AMOUNT OF
MONEY THAT WAS GOING TO A PRIVATE PENSION AND USE IT FOR SOCIAL SECURITY. THE WHOLE
ISSUE OF SOCIAL SECURITY SHOWS THE TREMENDOUS STUPIDITY IN THE ORIGINAL REFERENDUM.
THAT IS IT WAS WRITTEN SO STRANGELY AND SO NOT IN ACCORD WITH THE LAW THAT THE ISSUE
OF WHETHER IT WAS LEGAL IS IN THE COURTS BECAUSE IT DID NOT PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY, AND YOU
HAVE AN INCREDIBLE PANDORAS BACKS, YOU OPENED ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY ONCE YOU GET INTO IT.
FOR EXAMPLE, IT IS UNCLEAR, NEVER HAS BEEN TESTED NATIONALLY AND THE IRS AS THE CHIEF
POLICY MAKER OR THE REGULATOR ON THIS THAT IF YOU GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY ONE GROUP, THE
NEW EMPLOYEES, DO YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM TO THE OLD EMPLOYEES? THAT'S NEVER BEEN TESTED.
THAT MAY BE OPENED UP THAT WE MAY HAVE TO DO IT TO THE EMPLOYEES ALREADY WORKING FOR
THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO. IT'S NEVER BEEN TESTED IF YOU GIVE THE BENEFITS
TO THE OLDER EMPLOYEES DO THEY HAVE TO PAY BACK CONTRIBUTIONS? DOES THE CITY? YOU'RE
GETTING INTO BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THE CITY MAY BE LIABLE FOR.
IT'S NEVER BEEN TESTED THE IRS PEOPLE WE'VE TALKED TO SAY IT WILL TAKE YEARS AND YEARS
TO SORT THAT OWVMENT THAT WAS THE PROBLEM WHEN YOU GO TO THE BALLOT BOX AND YOU CAN'T
CONVINCE THE CITY TO DO ANYTHING, YOU DIVIDE, DESTROY, AND GET INTO THIS REALLY LEGAL MORAS
OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE PENSION SYSTEM. >> >>MODERATOR: COUNCILMAN DEMAIO THAT QUESTION
GOES TO YOU. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT
I AUTHORED AND LEAD THE COALITION TO PASS COMP PROPOSITION B, BIPARTISAN COALITION THAT
ALLOWED US TO WIN IN EVERY COUNCIL DISTRICT IN THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO.
AND I'M PLEASED AND PROUD OF THE CITY COUNCIL COMING TOGETHER BY PARTISAN VOTES TO IMPLEMENT
THE 401K RETIREMENT PLAN. THE GOVERNOR DID SIGN THAT BILL. WHILE IT'S
UNFORTUNATE HE DID NOT ALLOW THE CITY EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THAT DECISION, I ALWAYS SAID WE SHOULD
BE GIVING CITY EMPLOYEES PENSION BENEFITS THAT ARE NO BETTER, NO WORSE THAN THE TAX
PAYERS WHO ARE HAVING TO FOOT THE BILL. PROPOSITION B SAVES HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IMMEDIATELY,
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE COURSE OF TIME TO RESTORE POLICE, FIRE, ROAD REPAIRS, AFTER
SCHOOL PROGRAMS THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. MR.ÊFILNER OPPOSES PENSION REFORM AND HIS
PLAN IS TO BORROW BILLIONS FROM WALL STREET TO CONTINUE TO OFFER UNSUSTAINABLE PENSIONS
TO CITY EMPLOYEES. >> >>MODERATOR: THANK YOU, MR.ÊFILNER U,
YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS FOR YOUR REBUTTAL. >> >>BOB FILNER: WELL, I AM FOR PENSION REFORM.
I JUST DON'TÊ I DIDN'T AGREE WITH THROWING THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES UNDER THE BUS AND NOT
GIVING THEM ANYTHING WHICH IS WHAT YOU DID, CARL, EX I'M NOT SURE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE
GOING TO HAVE A VERY INTERESTING TIME IF YOU HAPPEN TO GET ELECTED MAYOR.
BEYOND THAT, WHAT CARL REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT THE TREMENDOUS MORAS, MAYBE YEARS
AND YEARS OF LITIGATION SHOULD RIGHT NOW THAT WE'RE IN FOR, I WILL IMPLEMENT THE ONLY REAL
COST SAVINGS OF PROP B, A PENSIONABLE PAY FREEZE.
>> >>MODERATOR: OKAYÊ >> >>BOB FILNER: I CAN DO IT BECAUSE I CAN
SEEN A FIVE YEAR. >> >>MODERATOR: THAT'S TIME, THANK YOU.
OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM CAMILLE SAULKMAN, PRESIDENT OF CONNECT.
YOU CAN WATCH THAT ON THE MONITOR. >> >>: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT JOB
CREATION. WE ALREADY HAVE 6,000 SOFTWARE JOBS OPEN IN
SAN DIEGO, AND 70% OF OUR MANUFACTURERS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND TRAINED TALENT.
I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES ARE GOING TO TRY TO LINK OUR MANUFACTURES
AND INNOVATION COMPANIES WITH OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM TO RESOLVE THIS.
>> >>MODERATOR: AND COUNCILMAN DEMAIO THAT QUESTION GOES TO YOU, YOU HAVE TWO MBTS TO
R RESPOND. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: THIS IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT
ISSUE, WHICH IS WHY I SAID THE TWO TOP THEMES IN MY ADMINISTRATION WILL BE FINISHING THE
JOB OF FISCAL REFORM TO GET OUR SERVICES BACK AND TO GET SAN DIEGANS BACK TO WORK BY PURSUING
ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AGENDA FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.
WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT THROUGH EDUCATION REFORM AND BY HAVING THE CITY PLAY
A LARGER ROLE IN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS, IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD.
I HAVE TO SAY THAT COUNCIL PRESIDENT TONY YOUNG, A DEMOCRAT, HAS PROVIDED GREAT LEADERSHIP
IN INSISTING THE CITY START THE CONVERSATION, ENGAGE IN COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES, IN EVERYBODY
TO IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS. I THINK HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
AND AS MAYOR I WILL PARTNER WITH HIM AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SEE EXCELLENCE IN OUR EDUCATION
SYSTEM. WE'LL DO THIS THREE WAYS;
FIRST, WE HAVE TO REFORM THE FINANCES OF CITY SCHOOLS.
THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS PROVIDE A MODEL IN THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO THROUGH THE FISCAL
REFORMS WE'VE UNDER TAKEN. SECOND, THE CITY HAS TO STEP FORWARD AND RESTORE
THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT IT HAS CUT OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS.
OUR STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL.
SIX TO SIX AND I WOULD EVEN SAY SIX TO 830 OR 9 BECAUSE MANY WORKING FAMILIES ARE WORK
HARDER THAN EVER BEFORE. THE CITY CAN PROVIDE THESE PROGRAMS AT LIBRARIES, PARK AND RECREATION
CENTERS. THESE ARE THE HUBS, THE SAFE ZONES IN EVERY
NEIGHBORHOOD. WE HAVE TO FILL THOSE FACILITIES WITH NON
PROFIT PROGRAMS SO OUR CHILDREN CAN CONTINUE TO LEARN AND GROW.
AND FINALLY, WE HAVE TO HAVE PROGRAMS THAT DEVELOP THE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING
AND MATH SKILLS THAT THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY REQUIRES Y.TALKED TO BUSINESS OWNERS AND THEY
TELL ME THEY WOULD LIKE TO HIRE, BUT THEY CAN'T FIND PEOPLE OUT OF OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM
WITH THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO EMPHASIZE, WORK FORCE
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR LEADING COMPANIES AND SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY,
TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENT ARE READY TO WORK.
>> >>MODERATOR: YOU HAVE TIME. OKAY, AND CONGRESSMAN FILNER, YOU HAVE A RESPONSE
NOW. >> >>BOB FILNER: IF YOU WANTED EDUCATION,
YOU GOT TO GO WITH BOB FILNER WHO WAS A PROFESSOR HERE AT SAN DIEGO STATE FOR 20 YEARS WHO SERVED
ON THE SCHOOL BOARD, A YEAR AS BOARD PRESIDENT AND I'M THE ONLY CANDIDATE TO SEND HIS KIDS
THROUGH THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM HERE IN SAN DIEGO AND HAS GRAND CHILDREN IN THE PUBLIC
SCHOOL SYSTEM. I'M AMAZED AT THE ANSWER YOU JUST HEARD. THE
MAYOR DOESN'T HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM BUT HE'S TALKING ABOUT CURRICULUM
AND TEACHERS AND STUFF YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. THE ONLY CONTROL YOU HAVE OVER BY THE
WAY IS YOU OPPOSE PROPOSITION Z, WHICH IS ON THE BALLOT THIS YEAR, WHICH TRIES TO GET
FUNDING FOR THE SCHOOLS AND NOT HAVE CLASS SIZES OF 40 OR APPROACHING 50.
IF YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH QUALITY OF EDUCATION, SUPPORT PROPOSITION B.
THEN HE TALKED ABOUT AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, HE VOTED AGAINST THE LAST BUDGET WAS THE FIRST
TIME WE TRIED TO INCREASE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, YO POINT OUT TONY YOUNG, HE'LL CONFIRM HE
ME. THE BUDGET INCREASESÊ >> >>MODERATOR: MR.ÊFILNER.
>> >>BOB FILNER: NO, NO, NO. >> >>MODERATOR: CARL DEMAIO, YOU HAVE CARL
DEMAIOÊ >> >>CARL DEMAIO: I TALKED ABOUT PARTNERING
WITH OUR SCHOOLS AND STEPPING FORWARD AND ASKING ARYB PRINCIPLE, IT'S GOING TO TAKE
EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER, NOT DIVISION AND NOT MISREPRESENTATION.
I VOTED AGAINST BUDGETS OF THE CITY BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T BALANCED AND BECAUSE EVERY QU
SINGLE YEAR I POINTED OUT WE WERE CUTTING TOO MANY OF OUR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, OUR
LIBRARIES, PARK AND REC PROGRAMS, THE VERY THINGS WE SHOULD BE DOING FOR CLEAN AND SAFE
NEIGHBORHOODS. YOU NEIGHBORHOODS.
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN OPINION BUT THOUGHT YOUR OWN FACTS.
>> >>MODERATOR: THE TODAY THE SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE FINANCIAL PLAN TO EXPAND
SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER. THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF MONEY FOR THE
EXPANSION IS EXPECTED TO COME FROM A TAX IF THE CITY HOTEL OWNERS VOTED TO IMPOSE ON THEMSELVES.
BUT NO ONE YET KNOWS IF THAT TAX IS LEGAL T.IS THIS A ANY WAY TO FINANCE A PUBLIC BUILDING
PROJECT? CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER, THAT QUESTION GOES TO YOU, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.
>> >>BOB FILNER: NO. THE ANSWER IS NO.
IN FACT, AS I STARTED OUT IN THE BEGINNING OF IN OUR OPENING REMARKS I USED THIS AS A
PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US.
NOT ONLY IS IT NO WAY TO FUND. I MEAN, CARL SAID I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR
ANYTHING THAT INCREASES THE CITY'S LIABILITY. WELL, YOUR OWN CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER SAID
WE COULD BE ON THE HOOK AS A CITY FOR 9 TO 13ÊMILLION DOLLARS A YEAR BECAUSE WE MAY
NOT HAVE THE REVENUE. AND AS I SAID, THE WORST THING ABOUT IT, THIS
WILL NEVER HAPPEN UNDER FILNER ADMINISTRATION, TO GIVE THE PRIVATE SECTORÊ OF THE PRIVATE
SECTOR THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE A TOURIST TAXÊ THEY DIDN'T DO IT OP THEMSELVES, THEY'RE GOING
TO CHARGE THE TOURISTS. THERE'S A LINE ITEM ON YOUR BILL.
MOST OF US WILL NOT PAY THAT TACK. BUT THAT'S A PUBLIC TAX, THE TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY
TAX SHOULD GO INTO THE GENERAL FUND WHERE WE CAN DO THINGS LIKE HELP NEIGHBORHOODS,
HELP AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. THE WAY THEY'RE FUNDING THIS, IT GOES DIRECTLY
TO THE HOTEL OWNERS. THEY'RE GOING TO DECIDE ON THE 30ÊMILLION
DOLLARS PER YEAR HOW IT'S SPEND SPENT. IS THAT ANY WAY TO RUN A CITY? YOU LET PRIVATE
PEOPLE IMPOSE A PUBLIC TAX AND THEY TAKE THE PUBLIC MONEY FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT?
NEVER HAPPEN IN A FILNER ADMINISTRATION. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PUBLIC VOTE, MORE
OWN, AND IT SHOULD GO INTO THE GENERAL FUND. IN FACT, BY THE WAY, CARL OPPOSE AD FEW YEARS
EARLIER A PLAN THAT WAS ON THE BALLOT TO INCREASE THE TOT, THE TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX, AND
THAT WAS TO SUPPORT NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES BUT HIS FRIEND DOUG MANCHESTER OPPOSED IT.
HE OPPOSED IT BECAUSE HE WAS AGAINST TAXES. WHEN HE GOES TO HIS PRIVATE FRIENDS IT'S OKAY.
>> >>MODERATOR: AND NOW, CARL DEMAIO THAT QUESTION CARL DEMAIO THAT GO QUESTION IF GOES
TO YOU. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: YOU HAVE SUPPORTED EVERY
SINGLE TAX INCREASE THAT'S COME FORWARD IN THE PAST DECADE AND NO GUARANTEE IN ANY OF
THOSE TAX INCREASES WAS PROVIDED FOR NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES OR INFRASTRUCTURE, OR IN THIS CASE
A CONVENTION CENTER TO HELP CREATE JOBS AND PUT SAN DIEGANS BACK TO WORK.
YOU SUPPORTED PROP D IN 2010 THAT WOULD HAVE RAISED TAXES BY THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE, THE
HIGHEST AMOUNT EVER IN THE HISTORY OF SAN DIEGO ON WORKING FAMILIES IN THE MIDDLE OF
A RECESSION, AND IT WAS DWOA GOING TO GO RIGHT TO ONE PLACE, THE PENSION FUND, TO PROP UP
THOSE UNSUSTAINABLE PENSIONS. SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT TAXES, LET'S TALK
ABOUT TAXES. THIS IS AN IMPORTED NT PROJECT WHEN WHERE
I TOLD THE HOTELIERS WE'RE NOTED GOING TO HAVE TAX PAYERS IT PAY FOR THIS.
IF YOU WANT IT, YOU BENEFIT FROM IT, YOU HAVE TO TAX YOURSELVES, YOU HAVE TO BE THE ONES
TO PAY FOR THIS PROJECT. WE GET JOBS IN SAN DIEGO, WE ALSO GET MORE
REVENUES INTO THE CITY'S BUDGET TO POWER OUR NEIGHBORHOODS SERVICES AND FUND OUR CITY PROGRAMS.
>> >>MODERATOR: MR.ÊFILNER, 30 SECONDS FOR FOR REBUTTAL.
>> >>BOB FILNER: YOU DIDN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION, IS THIS ANY WAY TO RUN A CITY.
YOU SAID I VOTED FOR EVERY TAX IN THE PAST 10 YEARS Y I HAVEN'T BEEN ON THE COUNCIL.
YOU GET TO SAN DIEGO 10 YEARS AGO, AND YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE HISTORY THE CITY AND KNOW
WHAT TO DO. I'VE BEEN HERE FOR 42 YEARS, ON THIS CAMPUS
FOR 20 YEARS. YOUR OWN OPERATIONS OFFICER SAID THAT THE
CITY IS ON THE HOOK FOR 9 TO 13ÊMILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
THIS IS NOT MY FIGURES. THIS IS YOUR OWN STAFF MEMBERS AND YOU KEPT
SAYING I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR INCREASE OF LIABILITY YOU DID TODAY.
>> >>MODERATOR: THAT'S TIME. I HAVE A SHORT FOLLOW UP QUESTION FOR THIS,
AND YOU'LL EACH HAVE 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND. LET ME START WITH YOU CONGRESSMAN FILNER.
IF THE COURTS DO DECIDE THE HOTELIERS TAX IS NOT LEGAL, WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO AS
MAYOR TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION.
>> >>BOB FILNER: PUT IT TO THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE WHERE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE FIRST
PLACE. OUR RECENT REFERENDUM SAID THAT A PUBLIC TAX
HAS TO GO TO THE PUBLIC. SO I WOULDN'T GO AROUND THE PUBLICÊ I WOULD
INVOLVE EVERYBODY IN THE PROCESS. THIS WAS A BEHIND THE SCENES DEAL WITH CARL
AND THE HOTELIERS AND WHERE THEY GOT THE MONEY AND DEMANDS THEY WERE MAKING.
THIS WASN'T A PUBLIC VOTE AND IT'S NOT PUBLIC USE OF MONEY.
THAT'S GOING TO COMPLETELY CHANGE WHEN I'M I MAYOR.
>> >>MODERATOR: AND TO YOU CARL DEMAIO. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: OF COURSE WE WOULD PUT IT
UP TO A PUBLIC VOTE IF THAT'S WHAT THE COURTS REQUIRE.
THE QUESTION IS OF THE COURT WHO NEEDS TO VOTE? THE PEOPLE ASSESSING THEMSELVES OR A
LARGER CLASS OF GROUPS. BOB WOULD RATHER USE OUR CONVENTION CENTER
AND TOURISM Y ECONOMY AND THE SIX THOUSAND JOBS WE COULD CREATE AS POLITICAL FOOTBALL
TO DIVIDE AND CREATE DYSFUNCTION IN OUR CITY GOVERNMENT.
BOB, THAT DOESN'T PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THE WORK FAMILY STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW.
YOU NEED A MAYOR WHO'S GOING TO SAY LET'S BRING PEOPLE TOGETHERÊ
>> >>MODERATOR: THAT'S TIME. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: MIGHT I SAIDÊ BIPARTISAN
MAJORITY. >> >>MODERATOR: OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM
PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE SAN DIEGO YOUTH SYMPHONY AND CONSERVATORY, YOU CAN WATCH THAT QUESTION
ON THE MONITOR. >> >>: I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT STEPS YOU'LL
TAKE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP FOR THE 2015 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN BALBOA PARK TO INSURE IT'S
NOT ONLY THE GREATEST CELEBRATION TO SAN DIEGO, BUT ALSO DRAWS THE WORLD TO SAN DIEGO AND
HELPS US IN EVERY WAY IT COULD POSSIBLY. >> >>MODERATOR: IN ADDITION TO THIS THAT QUESTION,
SINCE THE PLAZA DE PANAMA BALBOA PARK RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT IS BEING CHALLENGED IN COURT, PLEASE
TELL US IF YOU'RE COMMITTED TO SEEING THAT PROJECT COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE 2015 CENTENNIAL.
I'M GOING TO GO TO YOU CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER. >> >>BOB FILNER: I THOUGHT I ANSWERED THAT
IN THE LAST FIRST. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: WELL, I THINK THERE'S THREE
THINGS WE NEED TO DO TO CELEBRATE AND REALLY BUILD UPON THE CENTENNIAL MILE STONE OF BALBOA
PARK. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I WAS PROUD TO HAVE JOINED
A BIPARTISAN COUNCIL MAJORITY IN WORK WITHING OUR MAYOR AND WORKING WITH DEMOCRAT IRWIN
JACOBS TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE BALBOA PARK PLAZA DE PANAMA RENOVATIONS.
THIS ALLOWS US TO GET OUR PARK READY AND INVEST IN OUR PARK USING A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
MODEL WHERE GENERAL FUND TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT INVOLVED BUT WE USE PHILANTHROPY, AND SELF
FINANCING MECHANISMS TO INVEST IN OUR PARK, OUR MUSEUMS, THE VERY INSTITUTIONS WE HAVE
TO MAKE SURE ARE STRONG FOR A SECOND CENTURY. BALBOA PARK SHOULD BE SEEN AS THE SMITHSONIAN
OF THE WEST, BRINGING TOURISTS, VISITORS, AND STUDENTS FROM ALL AROUND OUR NATION TO
VISIT SAN DIEGO. YOU KNOW, IN 1915 SAN DIEGANS WERE GUTSY,
THEY PUT ON THIS HUGE EX POSITION, CREATED BALBOA PARK, A TREASURE WE ENJOY TODAY.
THAT PUTS SAN DIEGO ON THE WORLD STAGE. AS MAYOR, I WANT THIS CELEBRATION TO PUT SAN
DIEGO ONCE AGAIN ON THE WORLD'S STAGE. SO WE CAN SHOW OFF THE GREAT LEADING COMPANIES,
THE INNOVATION THAT WE HAVE IN OUR CITY, EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE TO OFFER THE WORLD.
THAT'S WHY I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE SEN DEN YL COMMITTEE, A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS RAISING
MONEY AS WE SPEAK TO MAKE SURE WE CAN MARKET A HUGE FESTIVAL WRING BRINGING PEOPLE IN FROM
ALL AROUND THE WORLD. IT TAKE AS MAYOR WHO WILL WITH STAND THE LEGAL
CHALLENGES, WILL SUPPORT THE PROJECT AND BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AS WE DID ON THIS PROJECT
A BIPARTISAN VOTE, WHICH MY OPPONENT OPPOSED AND ATTACKED THE PHILANTHROPIST WHO'S WILLING
TO PUT HIS MONEY ON THE LINE TO GIVE A TREASURE A SECOND CENTURY FOR OUR ENTIRE REGION.
>> >>MODERATOR: THANK YOU, AND CONGRESSMAN FILNER.
>> >>BOB FILNER: JUST FOR THE RECORD, I ATTACKED CARL.
BUTÊ >> >>CARL DEMAIO: YOU SAID HE WAS GOING TO
DIE. >> >>BOB FILNER: YOU KNOW, HE ACCUSES ME OF
THIS STUFF OF USING THE CONVENTION CENTER WHERE MOST OF THE WORK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO
WORK ON IT AND SUPPORT MY POSITION AND I ASSUME THE BALBOA PARK AS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL.
I GUESS I PLEAD GUILTY. I'M THROWING THE YELLOW FLAG AND YOU OUGHT
TO BE PENALIZED MORE THAN 15 YARDS FOR THESE DISASTROUS PROJECTS YOU'RE IMPOSING ON THE
CITY ON BEHALF OF SPECIAL INTEREST. CLEARLY, I WAS THE COUNCILMAN IN THE EARLY
90S OF BALBOA PARK. WE WROTE THE PLAN 20 YEARS AGO, WHICH GOT
THE CARS OUT OF THE CENTER OF BALBOA PARK. WE HAD A PLAN FOR OUTSIDE PARKING, A TRAM
SYSTEM, A LOW TECH, LOW COST, ALTERNATIVE DID NOT DESTROY THE TOPOGRAPHY AND THE LANDSCAPING
OF THE PARK. SO WE HAD A PLAN, AND I DON'T THINK THE COURTSÊ
WE'LL SEE. YOU SAID YOU WOULDÊ WHAT DID YOU SAY, THAT
YOU'RE GOING TOÊ YOU'REÊ YOU LEAD THESE EFFORTS.
>> >>MODERATOR: TIME. >> >>BOB FILNER: FOUND LEGALLY WANTING.
>> >>MODERATOR: COUNCILMAN DEMAIO YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS FOR REBUTTAL.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: I THINK THIS IS A GREAT ILLUSTRATION BETWEEN THE CONGRESSMAN AND MYSELF.
HE TALKS ABOUT WRITING THE PLAN 20 YEARS AGO TO TAKE THE CARS OUT OF THE CENTER OF BALBOA
PARK. IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T VISITED RECENTLY, THE
CARS ARE STILL THERE. INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING, DEMOCRATS
AND REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER, WITH DR.ÊIRWIN JACOBS, MAYOR SANDERS AND THE CITY COUNCIL
WORK TOGETHER TO INVEST IN BALBOA PARK AND TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN A BETTER PARK THAN THE
ONE WE INHERITEDÊ MAUREEN CAVANUAH: THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM OUR AUDIENCE, JOHN MADGERGRANO A STUDENT AT SAN DIEGO STATE
UNIVERSITY. >> >>DWANE BROWN: IT'S SAID THAT SAN DIEGANS
WANT TO HAVE GREAT SERVICES LIKE GREAT PARKS, WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY FOR THEM IN HIGHER TAXES,
HOW WILL YOU BALANCE WHAT SAN DIEGOS WANT WITH WHAT THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY?
>> >>MODERATOR: MR.ÊFILNER, YOU FIRST. >> >>BOB FILNER: THAT'S A VERY POINTED QUESTION
AND SUBJECT OF A RECENT BOOK THAT YOU MAY KNOW WRITTEN BY PROFESSORS AT UCSD CALLED
PLUNDERED PARADISE. THAT'S THE QUESTION WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
FACE AS MAYOR. CLEARLY, BY THE WAY, CARL TAKES IT AS A MARK
OF HONOR HE OPPOSED PROP B, WHEN IT GETS TO Z, HE DOESN'T WANT TO SAY ANYTHING.
PROP D WAS A BOND ISSUE. I'M SORRY, WAS A SALES TAX ISSUE WHICH WOULD
HAVE ALLOWED US TO FUND ALL THE THINGS HE SAYS HE SWORE TONIGHT, WHETHER IT'S AFTER
SCHOOL PROGRAMS, INFRASTRUCTURE, LIBRARIES, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS.
WE COULD HAVE FUNDED ALL THAT WITH PROP D, HE SAYS HE LEAD THE EFFORT TO VOTE IT DOWN.
THAT'S WHATÊ THAT'S NOT LEADERSHIP, I DON'T THINK FOR THE 21EST CENTURY.
HE'S AGAINST PROP Z, TO MAKE SURE OUR SCHOOLS DO NOT HAVE CLASS SIZES THAT APPROACH 45 AND
GIVMENT THAT'S NOT LEADERSHIP. THAT'S SAYING ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS CUT, CUT,
CUT, AND THEN YOU VOTE ON EVERY BUDGET. NO, NO, NO, I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING
TO HAVE AS A MAYOR. YOU CUT EVERYTHING AND SAY NO TO EVERYTHING.
SO IT'S TIME THAT WE LOOKED AT THESE IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
THE FIRST THING IS TO SHIFT PRIORITIES. I AM NOT GOING TO ALLOW PRIVATE HOTELIERS
TO TAKE 30ÊMILLION DOLLARS A YEAR OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND FOR THEIR OWN ADVERTISING
PURPOSES. WE USE THAT ON THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE
BOTH SAY WE SUPPORT. WE COULD TAKE THE MONEY THAT IS GOING TO BE
SAVED BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROP B. I'M O THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN GET A FIVE YEAR
CONTRACT WITH THE EMPLOYEES AND WE WILL SAVE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
WE CAN PUT INTO THESE ISSUES. WHAT I WOULD HOPE TO DO OVER A LONG PERIOD
OF TIME IS TO DEVELOP CREDIBILITY AND CONFIDENCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT WHERE WE CAN HAVE RATIONAL
DISCUSSION OF THESE ISSUES. >> >>MODERATOR: MR.ÊDEMAIO ONE MINUTE TO
RESPOND. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP IT STRAIGHT.
FIRST YOU'RE SAYING I'M SAYING YES TOO MUCH, NOW YOU'RE SAYING I'M SAYING NO, NO, NO, NO
TOO MUCH. THE REALITY IS THIS.
I PROUDLY LEAD THE COALITION TO DEFEAT PROPOSITION D, THE MASSIVE SALES TAX INCREASE BECAUSE
IT WAS WRONG ON WORKING FAMILIES, AND IT WAS WRONG FOR OUR MUTUAL EFFORTS TO REFORM THE
WASTEFUL SPENDING AT CITY HALL. REMEMBER IN THAT CAMPAIGN THAT MR.ÊFILNER
WAS OUT THERE SAYING VOTE YES ON THIS SALES TAX BECAUSE YOU DON'T WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
TO CUT ALL THE LIBRARIES, LAY OFF ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS, ALL THE
ADS WERE TO SCARE SAN DIEGANS INTO VOTING A TAX INCREASE.
THEY VOTE TD DOWN TWO TO ONE, TWO DAYS LATER, I WROTE OUT A BALANCES RESTORES IT SERVICES,
FISHES ROADS AND FINISHES THE JOBS OF FIXING THE CITY'S PENSION CRISIS WHICH HAS DRIVEN
A LOT OF OUR FISCAL TURMOIL FOR THE PAST DECADE. THAT'S LEADERSHIP, THAT PLAN IS NOT JUST A
PLAN, IT'S BEING PUT INTO ACTION, AND VOTERS APPROVED THE MAJOR CENTER PIECE OF THAT PLAN,
PENSION REFORM IN JUNE. >> >>MODERATOR: REBUTTLE FOR 30 SECONDS, MR.
FILNER. >> >>BOB FILNER: HE SAID THERE WAS NO PROBLEMS
AFTER THE DEFEAT OF PROP B. I HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, ENDORSED BY
THE FIRE FIGHTERS OF THE CITY, BECAUSE WE ARE DANGEROUSLY SPREAD THIN IN OUR CITY AND
PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ARE DANGEROUSLY SPREAD THIN.
THE FIRE FIGHTERS, THE COPS, THEY GO BY A CROSS YOUR FINGER KIND OF POLICING, AND FIRE
FIGHTING, CROSS YOUR FINGERS NOTHING ELSE HAPPENS WHILE THEY'RE ON THIS CALL.
WE HAVE CLOSED LIBRARIES. >> >>MODERATOR: TIME.
>> >>BOB FILNER: CLOSED REC CENTERS. >> >>MODERATOR: THANK YOU.
>> >>BOB FILNER: CLOSED AFTER SCHOOL PRAWN PROGRAMS.
>> >>MODERATOR: BE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION FROM OUR AUDIENCE.
ADRIAN SHEER IS A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION.
>> >>: THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS QUESTION, GOOD EVENING.
FOR YEARS THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO HAS BEEN CUTTING STAFF AND CONSOLIDATING DEPARTMENTS BECAUSE
OF BUDGET DEFICITS. ONE OF THE CASUALTIES OF THE CITY'S PLANNING
DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THE CITY'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT WHICH PROVIDED LONG RANGE VISION DEVELOPMENTAL
PLANNING FOR THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO. WOULD YOU RESTORE THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.
AND IF NOTED, HOW WOULD YOU INSURE A WORKABLE ACCEPTABLE GROWTH IN OUR COMMUNITIES?
>> >>MODERATOR: COUNCILMAN DEMAIO THAT QUESTION GOES TO YOU FIRST, TWO MINUTES TO RESPOND.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: THIS IS SUCH A CRITICAL QUESTION BECAUSE WE IN SAN DIEGO HAVE SUCH
A DIVERSITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS. EACH OF THEM HAVE A UNIQUE CHARACTERISTIC.
AND WE'RE PROUD OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. WE WANT A CITY GOVERNMENT THAT ACTUALLY IS
WILLING TO INVEST MONEY IN THEM AND PERFORM THE SORT OF MAINTENANCE AND SERVICES WE REQUIRE.
AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO HAVE A STRONG PLANNING FUNCTION.
I VOTED AGAINST THE PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, AND IN MY FIRSTÊ
ON MY FIRST DAY IN OFFICE, WE WILL BE RESTORING THAT DEPARTMENT WITH ITS OWN DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR,
WITH A MISSION TO THINK THROUGH THE NEXT 20 YEARS OF WHAT EACH NEIGHBORHOOD SHOULD LOOK
LIKE. SETINGA CLEAR VISION AND DOING SO BY LISTENING
TO THE NEIGHBORS IN EACH NEIGHBORHOOD, BRINGING THEM TO THE TABLE, WE'LL BE DOING THIS IN
THREE WAYS. FIRST, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE COMMUNITY PLANNING
UPDATES. THE CITY COUNCIL WISELY CHOSE TO RESTORE FUNDING
FOR COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATES THAT HAVEN'T BEEN UPDATED IN 20 YEARS IN SOME CASES.
WE NEED TO HAVE A PLAN FOR EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD BASED ON CITIZEN IM N PUT.
SECOND MY FISCAL RECOVERY PLAN ALLOWS US TO MOVE MONEY BACK INTO INFRASTRUCTURE, STREET,
SIDE WALKS, PUBLIC FACILITIES, THIS WILL ALLOW US TO ENGAGE EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING BOARD
IN A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES AND HAVE THE MONEY TO CARRY OUT THESE PROJECT
SAID. THIRD, WE NEED TO INSURE THAT AS WE LOOK AT
PROJECTS IN EACH NAIRKD, THAT THOSE PROJECTS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE COMMUNITY PLAN, ALLOW
FOR A WALKABLE, BIKE ABLE, MOBILE ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND, AND HAVE THE SUPPORT
OF THE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS. IN MY ADMINISTRATION, WE WILL TAKE A THOUGHTFUL
NEIGHBORHOOD ORIENTED APPROACH TO EVERY DECISION. A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE
PAST 20 YEARS AND WHAT WE NEED TO HAVE A CITY WHERE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET.
>> >>MODERATOR: OKAY, THAT'S TIME. AND MR.ÊFILNER, ONE MIN TOOT RESPOND.
>> >>BOB FILNER: I'M AMAZED IN THESE DEBATES, CARL, BECAUSE WE'RE RUNNING FOR MAYOR, ALL
THESE THINGS THAT YOU'RE FOR, WHICHÊ I'M GOING TO GO ONE STEP FURTHER OR SEVERAL STEPS
FURTHER THAN RESTORING THE PLANNING FOLKS THAVMENT WAS A DISASTROUS MOVE BY THE MAYOR.
WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS MOVE TOWARDS THE A DIFFERENT KIND OF APPROACH HOLISTIC PLANNING, SMART
GROWTH, COMPLETE STREETS, TOWARDS THE MAKING SURE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION, AND DESIGN
STANDARDS AND ALSO THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS AS NECESSARY TO FINANCE THOSE ALL
IN ONE PLACE. I'M HAVING A LITTLE CONTEST TO NAME THAT NEW
AGENCY, OR DEPARTMENT THE WINNER SO FAR THAT EVERYBODY HAS SUBMITTED IS THE AGENCY A +Ê
THE AGENCY FOR PROSPERITY, LIVEABILITY, AND URBAN SUSTAINABILITY.
I WANT TO HAVE A HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS THE THIS WHOLE PROCESS, NOT JUST, YOU KNOW,
PUTTING THE DEVELOPMENT AS THE FIRST, AND EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS ELECTION,
HE'S STOLEN FROM ME. I HAVE SAID LIVEABILITY, WALKABILITYÊ
>> >>MODERATOR: COUNCILMAN DEMAIO 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: BOB, YOU KNOW, WHAT, YOU HAVEN'T OFFERED ANY POLICY POSITIONS, RELEASED
ANY PLANS TO ACTUALLY ADDRESS THESE ISSUES. YOU GEAT GOT GREAT RHETORIC, I'LL GIVE YOU
THAT. IN WASHINGTON THEY TALK AND TALK BUT NEVER
ACTUALLY DO. >> >>MODERATOR: PLEASE PUT THAT DOWN, SIR.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: AT THE ENDÊ IS THAT YOUR ECONOMIC PLAN? ACTUALLY, WE RELEASED A COMPARISON
OF 40 SEPARATE INSTANCES WHERE YOU LITERALLY COPIED INITIATIVES FROM MY PLAN.
GUESS WHAT, I'M PROUD OF THE FACT YOU'RE WILLING TO UP SORT THOSE ISSUES.
>> >>MODERATOR: THAT'S TIME. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: YOU HAVE NEED TO HAVE YOUR
OWN VISION. >> >>MODERATOR: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COALITION AND YOU CAN WATCH THAT ON THE MONITOR.
>> >>: I'D LIKE THE NEXT MAYOR TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT HE WILL ENFORCE THE CITY'S GENERAL
PLAN WHICH REQUIRES THAT POLLUTING USES, POLLUTING BUSINESSES, BE SEPARATED FROM HOMES AND SCHOOLS.
IN BARRIO LOGAN AND SOME OTHER PARTS OF SAN DIEGO, THAT'S NOT THE CASE.
WE HAVE WHAT'S CALLED MIXED USE ZONING WHICH ALLOWS POLLUTING BUSINESSES TO BE RIGHT NEXT
DOOR TO HOMES AND SCHOOLS CAUSING PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS.
THE QUESTION IS WILL THE NEXT MAYOR SUPPORT THE BARRIO LOGAN COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE THAT
SEPARATES THESE USES? >> >>MODERATOR: AND, CONGRESSMAN FILNER, YOU
HAVE TWO MINUTES TO RESPOND. >> >>BOB FILNER: DIANE, THE ANSWER IS YES.
IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. I'VE WORKED WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
COALITION OVER MANY OF YEARS, WORK WOULD DIANE TO TRY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT, IT'S CLEARLY THE
WAY TO GO, AND WHY EVERY ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE IN THE CITY ENDORSES ME.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE YOUR EXTRA TIME? OKAY, LET ME MOVE ON TO COUNCILMAN DEMAIO.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: I SUPPORT AN UPDATE TO THE BARRIO LOGAN PLAN BUT WANT TO MAKE SURE WE
DO SEW IN A BALANCED WAY. WE CANNOT LOSE MUCH NEEDED JOBS.
WE'VE GOT A LOT OF STUFF HAPPENING ON OUR WATER FRONT.
MR.ÊFILNER TALKS ABOUT WANTING A VIBRANT PORT BUT CONTINUES TO TAKE POLICIES THAT WILL
TAKE JOBS OFF OUR PORT, WHRITS RR ENCROACHMENT IN INDUSTRIAL LANDS, IN OUR PORTED FACILITIES,
OPPOSED BY BUSINESSES OPERATED DOWN THERE ON THE PORT, OR BY VOTING AGAINST FREE TRADE,
EVERY OPPORTUNITY BOB FILNER IN CONGRESS HAS VOTED AGAINST FREE TRADE.
BOB, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A VERY VIBRANT PORT IF THERE'S NO CARGO AND NO TRADE.
YOU HAVE NO RECORD IN CREATING JOBS IN FACT, THE DISTRICT YOU REPRESENT INCLUDES IMPERIAL
VALUE, WHICH H HAS SOME OF THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IN THE NATION, YOU WOULD KILL JOB FZ
YOU EXTEND THE POLICIES AS MAYOR. >> >>MODERATOR: REBUT TOOL MR.ÊFILNER.
>> >>BOB FILNER: WHENEVER HE SAYS BALANCED YOU KNOW THE SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE COMING
IN, THAT'S HIS CODE WORK R WORD FOR DIANA, I AM GOING TO DO WHAT YOU JUST ASKED ME TO
DO. FORGET THE FACT I BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF JOBS
TO IMPERIAL COUNTY, BUT THEÊ THE ISSUE YOU KNOW, THE ISSUE, CARL, IS WHAT THIRD PARTY
VALIDATION BESIDE THE BUSINESS GROUPS THAT ARE GOING TO INTRUDE ON OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
I'M AGAINST FREE TRADEÊ >> >>MODERATOR: OUR NEXT QUESTION.
>> >>BOB FILNER: OUR JOBS OVERSEAS, I'M NOT GOING TO BRING THEM TO SAN DIEGO.
>> >>MODERATOR: OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM THE AUDIENCE.
THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. JACOB A STUDENT AT SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY.
>> >>: GOOD EVENING. THIS IS FOR BOTH CANDIDATES.
NAME ONE MEASURE POLICY OR IDEA THAT YOUR OPPONENT HAS PUT FORTH THAT YOU AGREE WITH
HIM ON AND TELL US WHY. >> >>MODERATOR: YOU EACH HAVE ONE MINUTE FOR
THAT ONE, LET ME START WITH YOU COUNCILMAN DEMAIO.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: WELL, I THINK YOU KNOW, THE NOTION THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE MORE RENEWABLE
ENERGY IN SAN DIEGO AND HAVE A MAYOR WHO'S GOING TO CHAMPION SOLAR.
I THINK THAT THE GOAL IS SOMETHING THAT BOB AND I SHARE.
THE NOTION THAT WE SHOULD HAVE MORE SUSTAINABILITY IN OUR WALTER SUPPLY, THAT WE NEED TO MOVE
TO A PORTFOLIO BASED APPROACH, LOOKING AT WATER RECYCLING, NOT ONLY FOR IRRIGATION,
LOOKING AT DESALINATION, LOOKING AT DISTRIBUTED RECYCLED WATER LIKE GREY WATER SYSTEMS.
I THINK YOU NEED OO MAYOR WHO IS GOING TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, OUR ECONOMY RELIES ON SAN DIEGO'S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
IT'S WHY TOURISTS COME HERE, ONE OF THE STRENGTHS THAT DRAW PEOPLE TO WANT TO CREATE A FAMILY
AND BUILD A HOME HERE IN SAN DIEGO, WE HAVE TO HAVE A MAYOR WHOSER GOING TO PUT ENVIRONMENTAL
LEADERSHIP AT THE FRONT. I COMMEND THE DESIRE TO MAKE THIS AN ISSUE.
THE CHALLENGE IS DETAILS. WE'VE LAID OUT A VERY DETAILED ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION PLAN, CLEAN COAST 2020. THAT SAYS STEP BY STEP HOW WE'RE GOING TO
INVEST. >> >>MODERATOR: MR.ÊFILNER, SAME QUESTION
TO YOU, YOU HAVE ONE MIN SNOOT I'M GLAD YOU ENDORSE MY ENVIRONMENTAL STANCE, CARL.
IN YOUR 250 PAGE THING, YOU MENTION THE WORD ENVIRONMENT ONE TIME.
BUT AND IÊ I CALLED FOR A MANDATORY SOLAR POWERING OF ALL OUR PUBLIC BUILDINGS AS SOON
AS I BECOME MAYOR. YOU DON'T SUPPORT THAT.
DON'T TRY TO CLAIM MY ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD FOR YOURSELF.
BUT I DO APPRECIATE THAT YOU VOTED FOR NAMING A STREET IN SAN DIEGO AFTER THE GREAT SUPERVISORS
OF SAN DIEGO HARVEY MILK. I REALLY THANK YOU FOR THAT.
>> >>MODERATOR: OKAY, THANK YOU, GENTLEMAN. IT LET'S MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT QUESTION.
POLICE CHIEF WILLIAM LANDS DOWN RECENTLY CRIME IN THE CITY HAS STARTED MOVING UP.
THE CHIEF SAYS ONE OF THE REASONS MAY BE PRISON REALIGNMENT WHICH HAS RESULTED IN AN INCREASE
IN LOW LEVEL FELONS SERVING THEIR SENTENCES IN THE COMMUNITY RATHER THAN JAIL.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO WORK WITH CITY AND COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT SAN DIEGO
DOES NOT BECOME A MORE DANGEROUS PLACE TO LIVE.
THAT QUESTION GOES TO YOU FIRST, CONGRESSMAN FILNER.
I'M GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LIMIT YOUR RESPONSE TO ONE MINUTE WAS WE ARE GETTING
CLOSE ON TIME. >> >>BOB FILNER: IT'S THE POLICIES THAT CARL
DEMAIO HAS LEAD LEAD TO THIS SITUATION. WE ARE AT A DANGEROUSLY THIN LEVEL FOR POLICE
AND FIRE, AND OVER THE YEARS HE'S BEEN ON THE COUNCIL HIS ONE TM TERM, WE HAVE GOTTEN
WORSE AND WORSE EVERY YEAR. CRIME GOES UP WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OFFICERS
TO ENFORCE. I LEAD LEAD THE WAY WHEN I WAS ON THE COUNCIL
EARLIER TO HAVE COMMUNITY POLICING, AND PROACTIVE POLICING AND I BROUGHT IN THE WALKING PATROL
TO MY NEIGHBORHOODS THAT I REPRESENTED. WE'VE HAD TO GET RID OF MOST OF THAT.
IT'S TIME FOR PROACTIVE POLICING, NOT FOR CROSS YOUR FINGERS POLICING WHICH HAS BEEN
THE CASE THAT YOU HAVE LEAD, CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT, SO WE DON'T HAVE THE POLICE AND
THE FIRE, WE HAVE BROWN OUTS, FROM THE FIRE STATION, COPS WHO DON'T HAVE PROPER SUPERVISION,
THERE'S NOT ENOUGH STAFFING, NOT SURE HOW TO GET TO THE NEXT INCIDENT BECAUSE THEY'RE
SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH. I'M GOING TO PLEDGE THAT WEÊ
>> >>MODERATOR: A MIN TOOT YOU. >> >>BOB FILNER: INCREASE THAT STAFFING.
>> >>MODERATOR: A MIN TOOT YOU MR.ÊDEMAIO. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: THERE YOU GO AGAIN, BOB.
YOU HAVE DEFENDED A SYSTEM THAT HAS ROCKED OUR NEIGHBORHOODS OF CORE SERVICES LIKE POLICE
AND FIRE PROTECTION. OUR PENSION PAYMENT WENT FROM 48 IN 2000 TO
232ÊMILLION THIS YEAR. VOTERS HAD TO DO WHAT THE POLITICIANS REFUSED
TO DO. WE HAD TO STEP EXPIN IMPOSE PENSION REFORM.
WHAT I'VE ALREADY DONE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY IS LAID OUT A FISCAL REFORM GETTING THE DOLLARS
BACK, MOVING THE MONEY FROM THE PENSIONS BACK TO THE POLICE, BACK TO POT HOLES TO THE PROGRAMS.
I SUPPORT A FIVE YEAR STAFFING PLAN ALLOWING US TO HIRE MORE POLICE OFFICERS, TO GET MORE
SWORN OFFICERS ON THE STREET. ALSO LOOKING AT CIVILIAN POSITIONS AND HOW
WE CAN HIRE THOSE TO MOVE MORE POLICE OFFICERS FROM DESK JOBS TO THE STREET, AND FINALLY
I SUPPORT A REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY MODEL WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE,
ON INVESTING IN LIKE A DISPATCH SYSTEM. RIGHT NOW IT'S FRAGMENTED, I BELIEVE IT WILL
SAVE MONEY BY COOPERATING. >> >>MODERATOR: I BELIEVE THIS IS OUR LAST
QUESTION. IT COMES FROM OUR ODD NS AND IT AUDIENCE,
AND IT IS FOR BOTH CANDIDATES. PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH YOUR QUESTION.
>> >>: MY QUESTION IS WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO INSURE SAN DIEGANS THE CHARGERS WILL STAY
HERE IN SAN DIEGO AND GET THE NEW STADIUM THEY DESERVE.
>> >>MODERATOR: I MUST LIMIT YOUR ANSWERS THIS TIME TO 30 SECONDS EACH.
THAT WOULD BE CITY COUNCILMAN DEMAIO YOU'RE FIRST.
>> >>CARL DEMAIO: IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. AT THE END OF THE DAY MY FISHING OUR STREETS.
WE DO NOT HAVE MONEY IN THE BUDGET TO PROVIDE A TAX PAYER SUBSIDY FOR A SPORTS FACILITY
A CHARGER STADIUM. I'M PURSUING A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
WHERE WE CAN HAVE A MULTIPURPOSE FACILITY RUN BY A PRIVATE INVESTMENT MODEL CREATED
BY PARTNERSHIP SAID IN OUR REGION. I BELIEVE WE CAN KEEP THE CHARGERS IN SAN
DIEGO, BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A BUSINESS PERSON'S APPROACH.
>> >>MODERATOR: THANK YOU. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: WE CAN DO IT ON THE STADIUM.
>> >>BOB FILNER: THANK YOU, I LOVE THE CHARGERS, THE BUZZ ON GAME DAY IS INCREDIBLE, THE TALE
TAILGATING. THE MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS HAVE EXTORTED MONEY
FROM THE PUBLIC. THERE WILL BE NO MORE EXTORTION.
YOU HAVE A BILLIONAIRE OWNER, THAT WANTS A BILLION DOLLARS FROM US AS TAX PAYERS.
I SAY NO. WE OUGHT TO BE CONSIDERING SINCE YOU'RE A
STUDENT AT SAN DIEGO STATE A WAY NOT ONLY TO KEEP THE CHARGERSÊ IF THEY GAVE SAN DIEGANS
PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF THE TEAM OR PARTIAL, I'LL DO IT.
WHAT ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE AS TECHS, WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO PLAY IN ALL THIS?
>> >>MODERATOR: AND THAT'S TIME. THANK YOU.
THAT WRAPS UP THE TIME WE HAVE FOR QUESTIONS. EACH CANDIDATE HAS TWO MINUTES TO GIVE A CLOSING
STATEMENT SIBS SINCE WE BEGAN THE DEBATE WITH AN OPENING STATEMENT FROM COUNCILMAN DEMAIO,
FILNER YOUR YOU'LL GO FIRST. >> >>BOB FILNER: IF WE WANT TO BE A WORLD
CLASS CITY, IN SAN DIEGO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MAYOR WHO UNDERSTANDS THE WORLD.
YOU TO HAVE A MAYOR WHO HAS THE EXPERIENCE, THE BACKGROUND, WHO HAS THE EXPERTISE TO DEAL
WITH THESE ISSUES. CARL MADE A BIG DEALÊ CROSSED THE BORDER
FOR THE FIRST TIME TO TIJUANA AND SAID THIS WAS A HISTORIC TIME.
I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH MEXICO FOR 20 YEARS, BEEN ON SUMMIT VISITS WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON,
WORKING AND STUDYING SPANISH IN MEXICO. HE GOES TO TIJUANA ONCE AND IT'S A HISTORIC
TRIP. YOU NEED SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THESE THINGS
IN A MUCH GREATER WAY THAN A ONE TERM COUNCILMAN. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I HAD THE HONOR OF
MEETING DR.ÊMARTIN LUTHER KING, WORK WOULD HIM, WENT TO JAIL ON BEHALF OF CIVIL RIGHTS,
HELPED TO CHANGE THIS COUNTRY AS WE LIMITED SEGREGATION.
ANOTHER HERO F O MINE WAS BOBBY KENNEDY. HE USED TO END SPEECHES BY QUOTING GEORGE
BERNARD SHAW. MOST PEOPLE SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE AND ASK
WHY, I DREAM THINGS THAT NEVER WERE AND ASK WHY NOT.
WHY NOT HAVE A CITY WITH WHERE WE DO CREATE JOBS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS? WHY NOT HAVE A
CITY WHERE WE CULTIVATE THE ARTS AND CULTURE, WHERE EDUCATION IS SEEN AS A PRIMARY THING?
WHERE IN FACT, WE HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND PUBLIC TRANSIT, WHERE WE CONFRONT THE
ISSUE OF THE HOMELESS, WHERE WE LOOK AT ENVIRONMENT AS A WAY NOT ONLY TO ATTRACT TOURISTS, BUT
TO SERVE AS MECCAS FOR OUR OWN CITIZENS HERE. I HAVE THE ABILITY TO NOT ONLY ASK SAN DIEGANS
TO DREAM, BUT THE EXPERIENCE AND THE BACKGROUND TO MAKE THOSE DREAMS INTO A REALITY.
I ASK YOUR SUPPORT FOR MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO. >> >>CARL DEMAIO: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
TUNING IN TONIGHT AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING SUCH AN INTEREST IN WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS
A CITY TO MOVE FORWARD, TO RESOLVE PROBLEMS, TO WORK TOGETHER.
THAT'S WHAT THIS ELECTION SHOULD BE ABOUT. A MAYOR WHO CAN DO ALL THOSE THINGS, WHO HAS
A VISION, WHO HAS DETAILED PLANS, BUT CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO GET THINGS DONE.
THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MYSELF AND CONGRESSMAN FILNER.
ON POLICY, I SUPPORT PENSION REFORM, HE OPPOSES IT.
I SUPPORT THE OTHER FISCALÊ REFORMS LIKE MANAGED COMPETITION, HE'S OPPOSED ALL OF THEM.
ON JOBS, I KNOW HOW TO CREATE JOBS AND HAVE WORKED WITH SMALL BUSINESSES, CONGRESSMAN
HAS FAILED HIS OWN DISTRICT HAVING SOME OF THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IN THE NATION.
THE LIST GOES ON AND ON IN DIFFERENCES OF POLICY POSITION.
THAT'S NOT THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN THIS RACE.
IT'S HOW WE WILL APPROACH THE CHALLENGE OF BEING A LEADER.
FIRST, CONGRESSMAN AND I HAVE TWO VERY DIFFERENT WAYS OF MEASURING SUCCESS.
HE LIKES TO POINT OUT I'M A ONE TERM COUNCIL MEMBER, AND LIKES TO BRAG ABOUT HOW MANY TIMES
HE'S BEEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS, 20 TIMESÊ 20 YEARS, 10 TIMES.
CONGRESSMAN, I DON'T THINK THEY CARE ABOUT WEATHER OR NOT YOU GOT THINGS DONE. SECOND
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