Recently,CityBeat picked up a student observer, Catherine Sinow, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, whom we're mentoring for a few weeks to help her on her path to becoming a magazine journalist.
We told Catherine to come down to the A Better San Diego mayoral forum on Wednesday to see not only how editor Dave Rolland conducted himself as a question-asking panelist, but also to help bring her up to speed on some of the political issues and personalities that will dominate this election cycle.
You can read our take here.
Catherine wrote up a couple paragraphs articulating her reaction to the candidates. As a newcomer whose only exposure to these candidates was a brief talk with her dad in the car on the way there, she kinda nailed it:
I thought that Filner was entertaining (e.g., "You won't need a pension because you're going to get a heart attack") and promised a lot (e.g., "Let me answer your question. YES."). But it's hard to deliver everything you promise. For example, his plan on keeping the pensions means there will be less money for the other stuff both candidates want, such as gang removal and transportation. I like how Filner dissed the people in charge of the sports business.
I see Fletcher as more practical for getting rid of the pensions, but he also didn't make that much effort to "answer the question" (quote from harassing people in front of me). Fletcher often avoided a direct answer.
Also, I wish all the other candidates were present. I think they were just scared of the union people in the audience.
Liam Dillon couldn't have said it better.