SD Union Tribune: Real politicians explain how government would pay for all those cities Thor, Spider-Man, and the X-Men destroy

Chris Barton Comic-Con is, at its root, an escapist event for fans and obsessives of pop culture. This year it made room for public policy wonks as well. While that sounds a bit like an uncomfortable intrusion of the real world in a weekend built on fantasy, it's also a tidy reflection of 2017 given the always-on state of politics. In a lively panel Saturday morning in room 29AB called "Who Cleans Up the Mess?" a collection of politicians and civil servants looked at how civic life would rebuild if the dazzling (but dangerous) superhero battles seen in blockbusters year after year came to life. And given the good-sized crowd it drew, fans were ready to listen. "I can’t believe anyone showed up to this panel. That’s a good sign of who we are as people," said San Diego Councilman David Alvarez, who was one of six city and state officials weighing in on government's role in the aftermath of not-so-natural disasters. Moderated by activist/blogger Rena Marrocco, the bulk of the conversation took place after watching clips of some particularly destructive superhero scenes, including Magneto relocating the Golden Gate Bridge in "X Men: The Last Stand," and the Avengers laying waste to a city center in the first installment of that franchise. Former California State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher referenced his military training in first restoring communications, order and human needs in crisis areas. And California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones looked at the potential for a homeowner's recovery.         Continue reading

Times of SD: Politicians Grapple with Aftermath of Epic Superhero Battle at Comic-Con Panel

By Luis Monteagudo Jr.   Policy wonks met pop culture geeks Saturday at Comic-Con. The meetup was for a panel called “Who Cleans Up The Mess” with state and local government officials discussing what it would take to rebuild a city damaged by a major superhero battle. The discussion drew an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 fans, who filled one of the smaller rooms at the San Diego Convention Center. Just as enthusiastic were the local government leaders, more used to endless public hearing and meetings then a pop culture gathering. “I’m so very happy to be here with you today,” said a smiling Racquel Vasquez, the Mayor of Lemon Grove. Other panelists were Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, California Treasurer John Chiang and former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who wore a Wonder Woman t-shirt. Continue reading

SD Union Tribune: If a supervillain destroyed San Diego, how would you rebuild it?

By Joshua Stewart Contact Reporter The Ghostbusters saved New York City from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But skyscrapers were covered with sticky fluff in the process, a mess that was left completely unaddressed in the script. And Lex Luthor, when he created an earthquake along the San Andreas Fault, certainly ripped up roads and power lines and sewer systems. While it made good for movies, after the closing credits rolled there was still a disaster to clean up. Like a lot of things tied to public administration, what happened next in Gotham and Metropolis would depend on willpower, support, money and political capital. It’s a practical problem that’s not as thrilling as saving the world, but it could also be a pivotal moment that causes a city’s rebirth and strengthens its resolve. “You think it’s all not real, right? And that it’s never going to happen,” San Diego Councilman David Alvarez said. “But I think that the takeaway is that things won’t happen this way, but communities in the past have faced challenges with their infrastructure, or natural disasters, and even war. “You have to rebuild, and how do you do that?” Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Donna Frye Endorses Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          Contact: Dan Rottenstreich July 18, 2017                                (619) 213-9839 mobile   Donna Frye Endorses Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor Progressive support for  Fletcher continues to grow   SAN DIEGO - Nathan Fletcher’s campaign  for County Supervisor announced today the endorsement of former City Councilmember Donna Frye, highlighting the growing support for Fletcher among San Diego’s top progressive leaders.    Donna Frye said, “I am endorsing Nathan Fletcher because he will help improve our quality of life by protecting and enhancing our environment, investing in San Diego families and listening and responding to the needs of our communities. He supports the rights of the public to know what its elected officials are doing and why. I have worked with Nathan and believe he has the right experience to make our county government more accountable to the public it serves.” Donna Frye is an outspoken environmental and open government advocate who served on the San Diego City Council from 2001-2010.   Frye is one of the most popular and well known progressive leaders in San Diego and her support is considered to be among the most significant and influential endorsements for Democratic candidates. Frye’s endorsement  adds to a growing list of high-profile endorsements for Fletcher from progressive leaders including Mike Thaller, former Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, City Councilmember Chris Ward, Democratic Leaders Jess Durfee and Francine Busby, and the County workers’ union, SEIU Local 221.   Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: San Diego County Workers Endorse Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                      Contact: Tierra Gonzalez July 14, 2017                                                            (858) 736-7025 mobile   San Diego County Workers Endorse Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor Influential union, SEIU 221, unanimously backs Fletcher SAN DIEGO – SEIU 221, the union representing San Diego County workers, has endorsed Nathan Fletcher for County Supervisor.  The move by the 15,000 member union is a major early development in the race and adds to Fletcher’s growing support within San Diego’s powerful and influential labor movement. David Garcias, President of SEIU 221 said: “Nathan Fletcher has stood shoulder to shoulder with County workers as we’ve fought to raise the minimum wage, strengthen protections for San Diego’s most vulnerable and bring progressive change to County Government.  We’re going to work hard to elect Nathan Fletcher to bring a fresh perspective to the County Board of Supervisors and deliver real results that make a difference in the lives of working people.” The SEIU endorsement comes just days after Fletcher kicked off his campaign and landed endorsements from Democratic City Councilman Chris Ward and former Democratic Party Chairs Francine Busby and Jess Durfee.  This week, Fletcher also earned a unanimous vote of support from San Diego’s Building and Construction Trades Council further cementing his backing within San Diego’s progressive Labor Movement. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Respected San Diego Democratic Party Leaders Endorse Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Contact: Tierra Gonzalez July 11, 2017                    (858) 736-7025 mobile   Respected San Diego Democratic Party Leaders Endorse Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor Democratic Party leaders Jess Durfee, Francine Busby throw early support behind Fletcher SAN DIEGO –Nathan Fletcher’s bid for County Supervisor gained momentum in the crucial Democratic base with early endorsements from top San Diego Democratic Party leaders, Jess Durfee and Francine Bubsy, his campaign announced today. Jess Durfee said: “It’s time for Democrats to unite to bring real change to the Board of Supervisors, which, under Republican control, has left too many of our most vulnerable residents to fend for themselves.  Nathan Fletcher understands that we need a County Government that fights for stronger protections for the underserved and he has what it takes to get it done.” Francine Busby added:  “From helping pass the Homeowners Bill of Rights during the foreclosure crisis to expanding healthcare protections for laid off Californians during the great recession, Nathan Fletcher doesn’t just talk about progressive values, he delivers real results to make a difference in the lives of working people.  As County Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher will fight for economic security for San Diego families struggling to make ends meet and take action to tackle the homeless crisis.” Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: City Councilmember Chris Ward Endorses Nathan Fletcher For San Diego County Supervisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                          Contact: Tierra Gonzalez July 12, 2017                                                                                   (858) 736-7205 mobile   City Councilmember Chris Ward Endorses Nathan Fletcher For San Diego County Supervisor Calls out Fletcher's experience and ability to deliver results for San Diego    SAN DIEGO –Today, San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward announced his support of former Assemblyman and veterans advocate Nathan Fletcher in his campaign for San Diego County Supervisor, District Four. In a statement, Councilmember Ward said, “Nathan Fletcher is the leader we need on the County Board of Supervisors to partner in our efforts to tackle the homeless crisis, support our neighborhoods and invest in San Diego families. I know he has the experience to help us deliver results and I am proud to support him.” Continue reading

KPBS: Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher To Run For San Diego Board Of Supervisors

By City News Service   PHOTO BY ANGELA CARONE / KPBS   Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher Tuesday confirmed speculation by announcing a run for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Fletcher, 40, hopes to succeed Supervisor Ron Roberts, who represents a large section of the city of San Diego and is being termed out. Continue reading

Fox 5 News: Nathan Fletcher to run for county Board of Supervisors

SAN DIEGO – Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher Tuesday confirmed speculation by announcing a run for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Fletcher, 40, hopes to succeed Supervisor Ron Roberts, who represents a large section of the city of San Diego and is being termed out. Continue reading

SD Union Tribune: After months of speculation, Nathan Fletcher enters race for county supervisor

By Joshua Stewart Contact Reporter Former State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, pictured in 2015, is running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. (David Brooks / The San Diego Union-Tribune) Former California Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is running for San Diego County supervisor, ending months of questions about when he would announce his candidacy. “When you look across San Diego, you see so many needs that are so great. You see working families that are struggling, a homeless population that is exploding,” Fletcher said. “And I am driven to deliver results.” Fletcher is the first candidate in the race with a history in elected office. He is seeking the seat after four years in the state Assembly and an unsuccessful bid for San Diego mayor in 2012. He also comes with name recognition and the likely backing of organized labor and other coalitions.   Continue reading