This week marks the third in a row that CityBeat has run this recall gag, so this time around we're going to skip the cutesy intro and get right to the good stuff.
For those LGRR virgins, here's everything you need to know: On June 8, six months to the day after Mayor Dick Murphy was sworn into office, any one of the people pissed at him for stealing the mayoral election or mismanaging city finances will legally be able to launch an effort to recall him from office. With many assuming a recall is inevitable, rumor is Murphy might resign to prevent a recall-free-for-all against an unlimited field of challengers and force a more traditional runoff election. Either way, San Diego probably gets a new mayor and insiders are already talking about possible candidates. Here's one likely contender worth watching and another who we contend would make a recall battle worth watching.
Best known as: District 6 San Diego City Councilmember (2001-present)
Sign she's running: Officially she's taking a wait-and-see approach, but if Frye's not running then no one is.
Why she's favored: Having obtained the most votes in the last mayoral election, she's the obvious choice to replace Murphy, not to mention she's the only member of the City Council to vote against a questionable deal with the city's labor unions and pension board-something that could make all the difference when the federal agencies currently investigating city finances and officials start serving up indictments.
Stumbling points: Somehow, getting 35 percent of the votes, the most of any candidate, just wasn't enough last time around. And while that might prove sufficient in a recall election, Frye would need more than 50 percent to win a runoff, which means she'll need to make a lot of friends in the next few months.
Campaign Slogan: "Re-elect Mayor Frye"
Best known as: A soft-spoken yet persistent City Hall watchdog
Why he should run: Although Shapiro is a private citizen, he's already serving the public, attending more public meetings than most city officials and using his knowledge of California's open-meeting law, the public's right to inspect official documents and the minutia of local municipal code to keep city officials honest (well, as honest as possible).
Why he's got a chance: While some city leaders seem to view those subjects as mere trivialities of modern governance, Shapiro correctly recognizes them as fundamentals of a democratic society and, more importantly, the law. In a city rocked by alleged public corruption, voters might find solace in a candidate who not only knows the law but also abides by it. Plus, before focusing on forcing good-government practices down the throats of those who govern, Shapiro was a Wall Street accountant, which means he also understands numbers, something that might come in handy during this whole fiscal-crisis thing.
Why he might not run: Shapiro did so well on Wall Street he was able to retire at 40 and says he's not looking for a day job. He's also a Donna Frye supporter and wouldn't want to steal her thunder.Campaign Slogan: "Put some Mel on your agenda, biatch!"