To enter mayoral race with call for water, infrastructure, electricity improvements
Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre will definitely enter the mayoral race, stressing that San Diego "must put essential things first...put needs first and wants second." Previously, he has been unsure of whether he would enter, despite reports that he was in.
Aguirre will clearly have far less money than the two other candidates, Democrat Nathan Fletcher and Republican Kevin Faulconer. But both Fletcher and Faulconer are clearly aligned with the downtown corporate welfare boosters, as well as construction labor unions, as well as other unions. Thus, Fletcher and Faulconer will be associated with public "wants" such as a heavily subsidized Chargers stadium and the convention center expansion.
This will give Aguirre the opportunity to warn San Diegans of coming crises. For example, if the dry weather in the Colorado River basin continues, power production at Glen Canyon Dam could be shut down in early 2015. Lake Mead and Lake Powell, critical to California's water supply, are at dangerously low levels.
A new book, "The West without Water," warns of the West's looming water crisis. "We have a limited supply of water and haven't made progress," says Aguirre.
"We have 10,000 miles of roads, sidewalks, and water lines in San Diego and they are not being maintained," says Aguirre, noting that spending on street maintenance was cut by $10 million last year.
He also wants the City to negotiate with San Diego Gas & Electric to lower electricity rates, which have consistently been the highest in the nation. He also wants to see rooftop solar spread rapidly without interference from utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission.
The local media may try to ignore Aguirre and these critical topics, but he hopes that serious San Diegans will demand coverage.