By Doug Porter
Despite laying out a vision for San Diego at his state of the city speech earlier this week looking very much like the one mayoral candidate and City Councilman David Alavarez might craft, the lack of a formal endorsement in the race by iMayor Todd Gloria was troubling for many Democratic Party activists.
Fear not. It was all a matter of timing. Gloria held off on the official blessing until this morning, issuing a full-throated endorsement of city councilman Alvarez, saying:
“This week, I put forward a progressive vision for San Diego to be a great city. It includes ending homelessness, increasing the minimum wage, aggressively funding infrastructure, and implementing a strong Climate Action Plan. David Alvarez is the candidate in this race who shares my vision and who we can count on to make San Diego great.”
The iMayor’s announcement pointed out he and Alvarez worked together to increase funding for affordable housing, update the Barrio Logan community plan, and increasing vital city services via the 2014 budget.
The Alvarez campaign noted that his opponent City Councilman Kevin Faulconer opposed all three of these measures, lest he disappoint his corporate downtown campaign backers.
Gloria will be on the road until next week, but was eager to release his endorsement, according to a press release from the Alvarez campaign. The two will begin making joint appearances soon.