David Alvarez … bitter table for oneBottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
Almost everyone I’ve talked to, including many fellow Democrats, agree that David Alvarez did not take his defeat by Mayor Kevin Faulconer very well. You would think that after a few months he would have gotten over it and moved on, but he hasn’t. His relationship with Council President Todd Gloria is colder than the movie Frozen, even though Gloria supported him 100 percent and even raised money for him – but Alvarez wanted more. But the truth is that even if Gloria would have promised him his first born Alvarez would still be as bitter as he is today because he sees Todd Gloria as a threat to Alvarez’s dream of being the next mayor of San Diego. Almost every Democratic leader has told me that I was right when I wrote that Gloria, Atkins, Fletcher would have been much better candidates … they just wouldn’t say it publicly.
The first Latino/a mayor of San Diego will be someone like Juan Vargas or Lorena Gonzalez not Alvarez, who ran such a lousy campaign that even Latinos didn’t show up at the polls as predicted.
Alvarez is so bitter (does this stiff guy ever even smile?) that any opportunity he gets to dump on Mayor Faulconer he does. Recently Alvarez blasted the mayor on his Facebook because he didn’t re-appoint a member of our community to a commission. Well David, he didn’t even know that this person was a member of our community ‘til I told him. Every new mayor of San Diego reshapes boards and commissions. I strongly supported the re-appointment of this well-qualified individual (who I have supported and believe will be a future judge) but it’s the mayor’s final decision. But Alvarez on his Facebook tried to “gay bait” the situation and shame on him.
Did you know, David, that the mayor has made seven GLBT appointments to boards and commissions since his election? Of more than 50 San Diegans appointed a majority have been Democrats? That within two weeks after his election he accepted the national co-chairmanship of Mayors for Marriage Equality? That the first Mayoral Advisory Board he set up was the GLBT one with its membership 95 percent Democrats? That he is the first mayor ever to take a shift as a waiter for Dining Out for Life, the annual AIDS benefit? That our mayor made history when, for the first time, he raised a Rainbow flag in downtown San Diego? That he has attended more GLBT events in his first 100 days as mayor than any other?
So, stop trying to use the “Gay Card” because it falls completely flat and is false. And as for the vice president of Democrats for Equality who attacked Francis Barraza of the mayor’s staff as a radical right wing Republican. You are dead wrong. I have worked with this fine lady with these recent majority Democratic appointments and she is also a proven champion of the empowerment of women and communities of color.
The loud cheers Mayor Faulconer and his wife Katherine got along the entire Pride parade route is because we, the GLBT community, know that our mayor supports all of San Diego’s diverse communities. He believes in “One San Diego” … you need to chill out David Alvarez!
Dear Scott Peters and Susan Atkins
Instead of issuing a press release about the success of Pride’s 40th anniversary and the over 300,000 people participating in it, Congressman Scott Peters again took the negative route and issued a press release attacking his openly gay opponent, Carl DeMaio, who attended the Pride rally (Peters did not) and the Pride festival as he couldn’t attend the parade because of a year-long previous engagement.
The facts are that both Peters and DeMaio are strong supporters of GLBT equality issues, but Scott Peters believes if you say a lie enough people will believe you. My message to Mr. Peters is stop lying about Carl DeMaio.
But what was most disappointing for many of us in the GLBT community were the statements made in Peters’ press release by Susan Atkins, a woman I respect and admire. Susan stated that Carl “hasn’t been a friend of the GLBT community.” Well, first of all, Carl DeMaio is a member of our community and has been in a committed gay relationship for over five years. The facts are, Susan, that Carl DeMaio’s voting record on the City Council was 100 percent when it came to GLBT issues and he has helped raise money for our LGBT Community Center, Stepping Stone, Hillcrest Pride Monument, etc., etc. And then you call Carl a “Tea Party extremist.” That, as you know Susan, is a bold-face lie.
If you did your homework you would have known that two Tea Party extremists and religious right Republican candidates ran against Carl DeMaio and that he and his partner were viciously attacked during the campaign because they are “homosexuals”.
Scott Peters and Susan Atkins, there are probably many issues you both can disagree and debate Carl DeMaio on, but not when it comes to his stands with his GLBT community… period.
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