Hundreds of people, in fact, and of all artistic stripes—from gallery owners and curators, to theatre directors and choreographers—came out to the council’s city budget hearing to voice their concerns with the cuts. They were joined outside by City Council members David Alvarez, Lorie Zapf and Chris Ward, all of whom expressed their support for finding a way to keep the city’s arts funding at its current levels.
There was some interesting analysis of the recent special election offered by some sharp political minds, but Spin Cycle also wanted to see how City Councilmember David Alvarez, Faulconer's narrowly defeated mayoral opponent, was handling the loss. "When I first got into the race," Alvarez told the crowd, "the first poll, there was 4 percent of the people in the entire city of San Diego who knew who I was—4 percent of the people!" A poll he saw a month ago, Alvarez added, put that number at 92 percent of the electorate. "I hope that you all see this experience as I do," he said. "It was such a positive, well-run campaign."Read More
San Diego is cracking down on income discrimination by landlords with a new policy prohibiting the rejection of potential tenants based on their use of federal housing vouchers. “This is long overdue,” City Councilman David Alvarez of Logan Heights said on Tuesday before the council voted 6-1 to adopt the policy. “Allowing people to discriminate based on income is a way of continuing to segregate our community.”Read More
Even as the San Diego City Council authorized on Tuesday a controversial $2.1 million environmental impact report on a proposed $1.1 billion plus Mission Valley stadium, there were further signs that even the city’s political leaders are resigned to the Chargers relocating to Carson. Councilmember David Alvarez, citing the business acumen of NFL owners, said “business people do not make rushed decisions. Clearly here we don’t have a full plan.Read More