The latest installment of CityBeat's election column, Turds & Blossoms, wherein we rate campaigns and candidates and award them turds or blossoms for their latest foibles and triumphs.
Pease and carrots
Step into Casa de Luz, a new vegan, macrobiotic, gluten-free restaurant in North Park, and you'll be confronted with a unique piece of campaign propaganda. From a framed chalkboard stares the curly-haired mug of Bryan Pease, San Diego City Council District 1 candidate and lawyer for the seals at Children's Pool. The message: "Let's fight GMO's [genetically modified organisms] by voting for candidates like city council hopeful, vegan, Bryan Pease!"
It was created by Ben DeHart, the artist responsible for the chalk illustrations at Trader Joe's in Hillcrest. Casa de Luz owner Eduardo "Wayo" Longoria says this is the first time his business, which started in Austin, has delved into politics.
"We always stayed away from the political arena just because what we do is already a heated topic," Longoria says. "But I got to meet Bryan, and what he stands for is very aligned with what we stand for—nourishing ourselves in an appropriate way to be in harmony with our surroundings, be in harmony with ourselves, being harmony with our bodies."
Originally, the sign said: "If elected Pease will be the only vegan on the city council." But Pease tells CityBeat that it was changed because he thought it would look like an attack on Councilmember Todd Gloria, who represents District 3, where Casa De Luz is. Still, Pease acknowledges that a council member can't do a lot to block genetically modified foods, but he can use the office as a soapbox.
Pease needs all the help he can get as he runs against incumbent Councilmember Sherri Lightner, who despite being a Democrat, is losing support from the left, particularly environmentalists. As of the latest campaign-finance disclosures, Pease raised only $10,400 to Lightner's $166,000. The Republican in the race, Ray Ellis, has raised $156,000.
We'll award Pease a pound of organic alfalfa for having the most artistic campaign sign so far.
Although Pease is pretty far to the left, one group he can't count on is Progressive San Diego (PSD), which conspicuously failed to support anyone in District 1 in its endorsements released last week. But the group earns major poo-poos for its weak double-endorsement of Democrats Scott Peters and Lori Saldaña in the Congressional District 52 race and its pathetic triple endorsement of Sid Voorakkara, Pat Washington and Shirley Weber in state Assembly District 79. There's little point in endorsing if you're not going to tell voters how to vote. Verdict: 0 x 1 + 2 x 52 3 x 79 = 341 turds for PSD.
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Correction: Oops. We accidentally spelled Pease incorrectly as "Peace" in this story twice.