DeMaio only councilmember to chair no committees... again
Monday, December 12, 2011
San Diego CityBeat
by Kelly Davis
December 12, 2011
Each year around this time, the president of the San Diego City Council hands out assignments for the council's various committees. To a large extent, it's a reflection of who's in good standing with the council prez—for the second year in a row, Tony Young, a moderate Democrat. As we pointed out last year:
Young’s appointments skew in favor of Democrats, appointing council members on the left to fill all the chairmanships, except for the audit committee, which will be led by President Pro-tem Kevin Faulconer. Todd Gloria picks up two chairmanships: Budget and Finance, as well as the new Ad Hoc committee. Even freshman David Alvarez was assigned to lead the committee on Natural Resources and Culture.Republican Carl DeMaio was also snubbed when it came to chairmanships, though he was assigned to two committees best suited for a fiscal hawk: Budget & Finance and Audit. Republican Lorie Zapf benefited the least: She received only two appointments—Natural Resources & Culture and Public Safety & Neighborhood Resources—two of the least influential committees. Young also spelled her name wrong.
DeMaio's appointments are exactly the same as last year's. The fact he wasn't appointed to the Economic Development Strategies committee—given the "Pathway to Prosperity" initiative he's been promoting as a leg of his mayoral campaign—is notable.