Monthly Archives: August 2013

The 2 Things San Diegans want Most in a Mayor

The special election to replace Mayor Filner is set for November 19th and the campaigns are revving up.  The question on the minds of many media observers is “What kind of person do the voters want representing us in the post-Filner era?” I think that’s a good question, so I randomly selected 481 likely special election voters and asked them, “in a word or two, what would you most like to see in a new Mayor?”  Consider your own answer before I reveal what the San Diegans who will decide this election are thinking. In the past, this sort of question would get many responses tied to local issues.  Responses like, “someone for a strong economy,” “a person who cares … Read more

Categories: In The News| San Diego

One More Reason to Sign the Filner Recall Petition

I just crossed paths with a guy who is ready to throw San Diego Mayor Bob Filner out of office.  No surprise there; San Diego is seething with folks fed up with Filner.  When I asked what he would do about Filner, the man said he’d vote ‘yes’ on the recall.  How about signing the recall petition?  Well, he’s not going to go out of his way to do that. Here’s the problem:  If you want to officially register your disdain for Filner in a way that gets through to him, you basically have no other choice. Let’s assess the situation. The number of women who have publicly accused Filner of sexual improprieties is nearing 20. The Feds are investigating … Read more

Categories: In The News| San Diego

Real Women, Real Accusations

It has now been more than a month since the bombs started dropping in San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s sexual harassment scandal. It has been said that it is difficult to keep up with the torrent of accusations and misdeeds. I also believe it is good to remind ourselves that the courageous women making these allegations against the most powerful man in San Diego are real people. Competitive Edge has therefore compiled a couple of important documents. One is a photographic timeline of Filner’s alleged abusive incidents (PDF). I am struck by the fact that most of the reported incidents are relatively recent, as though Filner’s abusive behavior may be increasing. The other is a table that lays out the … Read more

Categories: In The News| San Diego

Shining a Light into the GOP’s Generational Black Hole

Finding hope in the GOP’s generation black hole might seem daunting. The Republican’s most recent choice for president lost to voters under 35 by about 22 percent. The candidate before the buttoned-down Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain, fared worse. Unless this situation changes, the Republican candidate is likely doomed to repeat this pattern of failure in the next presidential contest in 2016. Researching what makes these young voters tick helps us better understand why they’re just not digging the Grand Old Party. Here is what this generational black hole looks like. Meet Jared Santos. He and his girlfriend, Alisa, have a two-year-old daughter. Jared is a roofer with a few years of college who earns $57,000 a year.  Alisa works … Read more

Categories: GOP


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