Wednesday, County Supervisor Jim Desmond printed an op-ed in the Union-Tribune that was sort of stunning.
“The final yr has introduced a putting reminder that life is treasured. Over 3,700 San Diegans died from this horrific virus,” he wrote.
The commentary ran Might 12 precisely a yr after he stated, on Might 12, 2020, that, although county officers had counted 190 deaths from the virus, just a few of them had been actually from the virus.
“We’ve sadly had six pure, solely coronavirus deaths — six out of three.3 million folks,” Desmond stated on his podcast. It was in all probability his most infamous of a collection of statements he made as he grew to become the first critic of the county and state’s response to the virus.
Mega podcast host Joe Rogan and others in conservative media seized on the feedback about “pure” deaths as but extra proof that well being officers all over the place had been uncontrolled. Desmond himself repeatedly bemoaned county employees and their “hysteria.” He had an argument with an epidemiologist the place he took the place that elevated infections of the coronavirus had been good. We commissioned a reporter to catalogue how he had develop into the county’s leading pandemic skeptic.
His new op-ed steers away from how lots of the 3,700 deaths from this “horrific virus” had been “pure” deaths.” It likewise doesn’t acknowledge the three,510 deaths that occurred in between his two main discussions of the subject.
It seems Desmond is rebranding. He doesn’t fairly clarify what prompted the commentary however he goes out of his strategy to say that now, well being officers are good.
“I additionally assume Dr. Wilma Wooten, our county’s public well being officer, Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer and the county crew have finished an impressive job coping with an unprecedented virus,” he wrote.
“The most important factor I’ve realized over the previous yr is that political discourse is driving us aside. Far too typically, as a substitute of coming collectively and discovering frequent floor, we stand within the nook and throw rocks at one another,” he wrote.
The entire thing reads like an apology with out an apology – or as if somebody blackmailed him. It’s that stark of a change.
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who took a lot of Desmond’s fireplace over the previous yr, was keen to leap on the change in tone.
“Once I noticed it, I knew the right-wing, Fox Information, recall Gavin Newsom, COVID conspiracy theorist, ‘pure deaths’ Jim Desmond has been kidnapped and is being held hostage by a political guide who understands his district,” Fletcher stated in a written assertion.
The district: Desmond declined to touch upon Fletcher’s kidnapping concern. It may very well be that Desmond is rebranding for an upcoming re-election marketing campaign. His North/East County district isn’t the conservative place it as soon as was. President Joe Biden gained within the county’s fifth District 55-44 p.c over former President Donald Trump.
The Native Company Formation Committee, the company chargeable for figuring out the jurisdictional boundaries of public companies, referred to as LAFCO, posted a collection of tweets on Friday that had been, effectively, bizarre.
“This transient thread responds to issues raised by the San Diego County Water Authority (@sdcwa) relating to a current retweet by San Diego LAFCO,” the tweet clarification begins, with a commendable degree of deadpan humor, we assume.
Sure, LAFCO tweets. And it apparently is so spicy on Twitter.com that it has to retract its tweets. We had been very intrigued. What had the Water Authority stated to LAFCO to trigger this?
We discovered: Earlier this week, we printed an op-ed from representatives from the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal District explaining why they want to leave the San Diego County Water Authority to hitch a special company in Riverside County.
The LAFCO Twitter account retweeted a hyperlink to the article, alongside an seemingly anodyne comment through which it promoted an internet video of a dialogue of the difficulty the op-ed was about.
LAFCO is the company that critiques these types of points — like whether or not companies can break aside..
The Water Authority was not happy: Its attorneys despatched an immediate take down demand with an implied menace to sue. “This seems to be a battle of curiosity, through which LAFCO seems to be endorsing the place of companies who’ve a pending software earlier than LAFCO. Our agency and the Water Authority Common Counsel known as LAFCO counsel at about 10:00 a.m. at this time as quickly as we noticed the Twitter submit, and demanded that it’s instantly taken down by LAFCO.”
This appears a bit oversensitive. The LAFCO tweet was a clumsy promotion of its personal dialogue on the matter. Most likely didn’t must share the op-ed.
The Water Authority felt that was nefarious and demanded that LAFCO clarify its tweet. The attorneys stated they believed LAFCO was biased on the matter. They stated it had already complained after representatives from Rainbow and Fallbrook bragged about having already “pre-arranged” detachment from the Water Authority with LAFCO.
LAFCO’s mea culpa tweets had been meant to diffuse this menace.
“San Diego LAFCO’S motion to retweet the article was 100% geared toward redirecting a Twitter dialog to the precise work of the Advert Hoc Committee and in doing so meet the intent of constructive social media utilization in connecting the general public with data,” it continued.
They didn’t comply with cease tweeting although. LAFCO has acquired a model to keep up. The company stated it’s going to proceed utilizing social media to “join the neighborhood with related data and assets that fall inside our boundary-making and governance-improving strike zones.”
Let this be a lesson to the Board of Equalization, North County Transit District, the Airport Authority or every other obscure company that thinks it’d wish to step to LAFCO: don’t.
Campbell Recall Effort Will get a Gab
Two weeks from the deadline for signatures, proponents of the bipartisan effort to recall Council President Jen Campbell are getting a hand from a divisive group.
The group, Republicans of Pacific Seashore, has circulated a flier encouraging attendees to put on “anti-Democrat” attire and to deliver alongside a good friend to signal the petition by June 2.
The underside of the flier features a little frog image, alongside the logos for Twitter, Fb and Instagram. It seems loads like Pepe the Frog – a innocent Web comedian character-turned fascist hate symbol-turned trolling tool-turned rallying cry by its creator to reclaim it from the alt-right (yeah it’s complicated) – however is definitely the brand for Gab, the anything-goes social media platform beloved by the alt-right.
The alt-right isn’t our experience, however it is the experience of our friend and former colleague Will Carless, who covers extremism for USA At this time and previously lined extremism and hate at Reveal.
Politics Report: Given what Gab is, is it truthful to learn into whether or not a company is attempting to say one thing even by saying “we’re on Gab”?
Carless: It actually relies upon who you discuss to – I’d argue Gab is actually a de-facto White nationalist social media website at this level. However I’m positive they might argue it’s merely a spot the place they will train “free speech.”
I don’t assume it’s a lot of a canine whistle. They’re simply exhibiting you that they help Gab, which tells you they rub shoulders on social media with probably the most blatant White supremacists and hate teams within the nation.
Gab selecting to make use of a frog brand, is that an express Pepe reference or one thing else? Are they trolling, or is it simply easy use of an alt-right image?
Oh, it’s unquestionably a Pepe reference. That’s precisely why they use it. From Gab’s perspective, the usage of that icon is 100% a canine whistle.
Actually the one factor on their Gab is that this occasion. They joined in April 2021 and their submit has one like. They’ve six followers.
Mayor Seeks Reset With SDG&E
SDG&E has employed Bernadette Butkiewicz as regional communications supervisor. She is the previous political organizer for the United Affiliation of Plumbers and Steamfitters Native #230. Labor is in her blood. Her father, Jerry Butkiewicz, is the previous secretary-treasurer of the Labor Council. He led the Council for years, setting the groundwork for its ascendance. He recruited Lorena Gonzalez as political director earlier than passing the baton to her when he went to work for … SDG&E.
Bernadette Butkiewicz’s rent looks like one other step for the utility because it prepares to handle a brand new relationship with a very new Metropolis Corridor. Thursday, information broke that the corporate and Mayor Todd Gloria had a tentative settlement on a brand new proposal to ship to the Metropolis Council that, if accepted, would enable SDG&E to proceed to serve residents with energy.
The deal: Friday, the mayor introduced the key factors of his new agreement with SDG&E. It could be a 10-year take care of an choice for a 10-year renewal. 4 Council members had beforehand pushed for a five-year deal to permit for the potential for the town to place collectively a plan to purchase out SDG&E’s infrastructure and run energy itself. That was vital as a result of 4 Council members can kill any settlement with SDG&E (they want six votes).
The deal would additionally supply folks $10 million in solar-energy rebates in “traditionally underserved neighborhoods.” And $20 million to “advance the town’s local weather fairness targets.”
After which there’s this promise: “A reset relationship between the town and SDG&E that identifies pathways for resolving disputes and creates unprecedented transparency about buyer charges, environmental commitments and fairness.”
Looks like SDG&E shall be in entrance of the Metropolis Council much more typically if that is actual.
The Metropolis Council will determine Might 25.
(Mitch Mitchell, SDG&E’s vp for state governmental affairs and exterior affairs is on the Voice of San Diego board of administrators.)
Cindy Marten is formally going to D.C.: After so many weeks, quite a lot of social media grousing, the U.S. Senate’s 54-44 affirmation of Marten to be deputy schooling secretary was sort of anticlimactic. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema requested if anybody needed to vary their vote after which simply shortly stated it was confirmed and moved to the subsequent merchandise. Somebody’s life modified, and now the varsity district should discover a new chief and it was only a routine second of Senate enterprise.
Subsequent steps: The group of community leaders set to advise the San Diego Unified Faculty District Board of Training on whom it ought to interview to exchange Marten met for the primary time Thursday and it sounds prefer it was a bit unorganized with no one understanding who was main. The group’s first job is to pick a agency to assist it maintain city corridor conferences to collect enter for the committee.
The district advised the Politics Report Friday no contractor for the city corridor conferences had been chosen. After the city corridor occasions, the advisory group will get to display screen the candidates for superintendent right down to 10, at most, for the varsity board to interview.
In case you have any concepts or suggestions for the Politics Report, ship them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.