San Diego mayoral candidates get new endorsements, release plans

SAN DIEGO - Two of the leading candidates for San Diego mayor touted new endorsements Wednesday while a third released what he calls his "Blueprint for San Diego's Future."

Ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who leads in the polls, was endorsed by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for the Nov. 19 special election. Torlakson said he understands a mayor's role as an advocate for public education.

"We need someone who's focused on helping our schools prepare students for the careers of the future," Torlakson said. "I know from Nathan's time in the Assembly that he has good ideas and a commitment to public schools, as well as a gift for bringing people together. I'm proud to endorse him for mayor of San Diego."

Torlakson served in the state Legislature for part of the time Fletcher, now a Qualcomm executive, was there.

Fletcher, while not endorsed by the Democratic party, is being backed by numerous state Democrats.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who is running second in the polls -- just a couple of points behind Fletcher -- received an endorsement from the Latino American Political Association of San Diego. On its website, the organization says its mission is to increase Latino political participation and to create a more diverse and open society.

On Tuesday, Faulconer released his jobs plan, which includes inking a long-term deal to keep the Comic-Con International pop culture trade show in San Diego, boosting exports, cutting red tape at City Hall and starting a
campaign to get military veterans to become San Diego police officers.

Councilman David Alvarez, who is third in the polls, released his "Blueprint for San Diego's Future." The plan's six main points are investing in neighborhoods, putting San Diegans back to work, supporting schools, ensure
long-term water security, building a sustainable city, and establishing openness and efficiency.

"I'll put more police on the streets, fix our streets and sidewalks, and improve emergency response times," said Alvarez. "I'll also start a new public-private partnership called GrowSD to spur economic development in

Alvarez said the GrowSD partnership will include Civic San Diego -- the Redevelopment Agency's successor -- financial institutions and others, for a seven-year collaboration on neighborhood investment. The coalition can leverage
$80 million in federal and state funding as seed money, along with funding from foundations, various tax credits and other development-related revenue streams.

He also said he would work to build partnerships with Asian nations and improve economic ties with Mexico.

Alvarez is third in the polls.

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