Mayoral debate facilities on homelessness, small enterprise points

With six weeks left till the election, and up to date ballot knowledge exhibiting a close to tie within the San Diego mayoral race, candidates Councilwoman Barbara Bry and Assemblyman Todd Gloria appealed Tuesday to downtown enterprise house owners, landlords and residents in a teleconferenced debate about points going through the Gaslamp space.

The talk, hosted by the the Gaslamp Quarter Affiliation — a non-profit retailers affiliation that represents greater than 400 companies within the space — targeted on points most essential to these dwelling and dealing in downtown San Diego, together with homelessness, infrastructure, the usage of the San Diego Conference Heart and restrictions positioned on small companies throughout the coronavirus pandemic.


The 2 candidates agreed on most points. Each Bry and Gloria stated they’re towards the present San Diego County public well being order that requires eating places to cease serving meals at 10 p.m., a restriction put in place to assist forestall the unfold of COVID-19, which has sickened 44,925 and killed 760 folks within the county as of Tuesday.

Since most eating places within the Gaslamp space rely upon income generated between 10 p.m. and a couple of a.m., and companies have already applied security measures and social-distancing protocols to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus, many enterprise house owners really feel the restriction needs to be eliminated or a minimum of prolonged past 10 p.m.

Gloria stated he was on board with a “modest modification” to the county’s present rule, on condition that eating places have confirmed they will function safely.


“I believe that is the sort of modification that we needs to be contemplating,” Gloria stated. “Once we had been advocating early within the pandemic … there was a query about whether or not or not companies can be prepared or in a position to deal with this efficiently and safely, and I believe the actual fact of the matter is that they’ve been ready to try this.”

Bry stated she agreed, since even an hour extension would assist the downtown economic system.

“It makes financial sense. You’re going to make use of folks,” Bry stated. “You’re going to pay them. They’re going to pay taxes. You’re going to be producing extra income (and) gross sales tax income for the town, and also you’re already (working) safely. Supplying you with an additional hour is barely a win-win for all of us.”


Bry and Gloria had been each in help of changing Fifth Avenue right into a pedestrian-friendly promenade, a undertaking many native enterprise house owners help, as it’s going to assist enhance foot-traffic within the space.

The 2 candidates additionally agreed that criminalizing homelessness was the fallacious strategy to deal with the massive homeless inhabitants in San Diego County — and extra particularly in downtown San Diego.

They each stated there must be a change in how homeless calls are addressed by legislation enforcement. There as an alternative must be a rise within the variety of educated psychological well being professionals who’re higher outfitted at addressing the wants of homeless people, they stated.


Bry’s and Gloria’s opinions clashed on Meeting Invoice 5, which was signed in 2019 by Gov. Gavin Newsom and locations limits on how companies, comparable to Uber and Lyft, that use impartial contractors.

The legislation, which took impact in January, aimed to forestall employees from being wrongly categorised as impartial contractors, or “gig employees,” fairly than staff, which supporters of the laws stated allowed employers to erode fundamental employee protections comparable to minimal wage, paid sick days and medical insurance advantages.

Opponents and companies damage by the invoice stated it jeopardizes enterprise and will probably power firms to close down service in California or dramatically increase costs.


As a member of the state Meeting, Gloria voted for AB5. He stated the intent of the legislation was to forestall Californians from being denied entry to fundamental employee protections, and he nonetheless helps the laws.

“Clearly within the pandemic, we have now come to know the acute significance of unemployment insurance coverage, of entry to paid sick days,” Gloria stated. “When employees are usually not offered that, that’s advantages, that’s cash that flows into the pockets of the companies that make use of them, to not the advantage of the broader society.”

Bry has known as for the repeal of AB5, calling it a “job killer” that has disproportionately damage small companies and was an antiquated method that permits too many exemptions for industries to bypass the legislation’s necessities.


Bry stated there’s a greater method supplied in Proposition 22, which can be on the November poll and ensures advantages on a sliding scale, relying on what number of hours staff work. It additionally ensures “gig employees” greater than the minimal wage, well being care subsidies, additionally on a sliding scale, and occupational accident and harm insurance coverage.

Gloria stated he doesn’t help Proposition 22.

Bry is a La Jolla resident who at present serves as President Professional Tem of the San Diego Metropolis Council representing the District 1 seat, which she’s held since 2016. On metropolis council, she serves as chair of the Price range and Authorities Effectivity Committee, and as vice chair of the Guidelines Committee and the Committee on Public Security and Livable Neighborhoods.


Bry stated she might have sought re-election in District 1 however opted as an alternative to run for mayor to chop the bureaucratic pink tape she has encountered whereas serving on Metropolis Council and produce extra accountability to the workplace.

“I in all probability might have had a second time period on the Metropolis Council very simply, however I made a decision that I wished to step up and use my govt expertise to make important change,” Bry stated. “(I need) to actually develop a tradition that’s accountable and clear, and attentive to the wants of our companies and our residents.”

Gloria served on Metropolis Council from 2008 to 2016, when he was elected to signify the 78th District within the California Meeting. He was elected Council President in 2012 and served as interim San Diego mayor in 2013, following the resignation of then-Mayor Bob Filner, who confronted sexual harassment allegations.


Gloria stated he needs to steer San Diego to deal with issues which have plagued the town for years, comparable to infrastructure, growing numbers of homeless people and inexpensive housing.

“It’s time for us to give up appearing like a small city and as an alternative begin appearing just like the eighth largest metropolis within the nation that we’re,” he stated. “If we try this, we are able to dispense with the problems which have been on the desk for thus lengthy however by no means appear to get addressed.”

The mayor’s place is formally nonpartisan; each Bry and Gloria are Democrats.


A San Diego Union-Tribune/10Information SurveyUSA ballot launched earlier this month confirmed Bry and Gloria have practically even help amongst probably voters, with Bry main Gloria 37 p.c to 34 p.c, although her lead was inside the ballot’s 5.three p.c margin of error.

Practically 30 p.c of voters surveyed had been undecided.

Bry’s help was strongest amongst conservatives, older residents and voters who disapprove of the efficiency of incumbent Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who can not run for re-election due to time period limits.


Gloria led amongst folks planning to vote by mail, and he was tied with Bry amongst White voters, Asian voters and voters who’re below age 50. However Bry, who’s White, had extra help from Latino voters than Gloria, who’s Latino, Filipino and Native American.

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