By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)-- At an early morning visit with voters and staff at Bayview Baptist Church, Congressman Bob Filner (D-50), who is running for Mayor of San Diego, and Dr. Shirley Weber, candidate for State Assembly, brought smiles as they met with children--future voters.
Filner and Weber share a common bond, since both have formerly served as President of the San Diego Unified School District Board and have voiced strong support for public education.
Both candidates said the outcome of today’s election is all about turnout—and both expressed confidence that they will see good results tonight.
Congressman Filner emphasized that while he “feels good about the election, it will be close and everybody needs to vote.” He also said that it is a ground game—referring to a grassroots, boots on the ground get-out-the-vote effort.
Dr. Weber emphasized that she “felt wonderful and that they were going to win.” She added, “e are pushing it to the end, and we’re not taking anything for granted.”
Weber’s campaign had a team out working the election starting at 3 a.m. this morning. They have been hanging door hangers, and walking precincts. She will have poll watchers, as well as people on corners holding signs. This ground operation will go on until the polls close at eight tonight, culminating with an event after the polls close at Anabelle’s on 1700 Euclid Avenue.
Asked about pension issues, Filner said that the pension system in San Diego can be fixed-- but added that we need to be fair to both the workers and the tax payer. In his view, reducing the interest we pay on our city debt by two percent will go a long way in solving this problem.
Dr. Weber said that attacking pensions removes one incentive for people to work for government. Government workers make less over a working lifetime, but receive a pension in retirement, she noted, adding that slashing pensions would remove all incentives to serve. As far as the State of California pension system, it remains solvent, she added-then cautioned that in the Assembly she aims to keep an eye to assure that it remains so.