Barbara Bry is the only candidate with credentials to move SD back to financial stability and growth

Dear Neighbors,    

Today, in City Council I voted on many items that impact the City’s budget.  I voted “no” to spend an additional $150,000 in attorneys fees at $300 per hour to “complete the negotiation of the final SDSU West Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA).”  SDSU delivered a signed PSA on May 5, 2020.  A Deputy City Attorney testified that “the legal work is done.”  This item passed 7-2 with only Councilmember Moreno and myself voting against it.   I voted “yes” to invest $5 million in federal CARES Act funding into childcare for essential workers.  This item passed unanimously.  Childcare is critical to our re-opening and inclusive recovery.   I also voted to transfer $1 million from the Navigation Center to a Rental Assistance Program for San Diegans impacted by COVID-19.   This action, with direction for a more definitive spending plan for rental assistance from Councilmember Sherman, passed 8-1.   The reason I am sharing these votes is because the actions we take today will set the stage for our recovery in the future.  Without an SDSU West deal, the City’s financial deficit deepens; without childcare for our essential workers, we cannot beat COVID; and without a rental assistance program, we cannot stimulate our economy.  San Diego will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever, but only if we act responsibly now.  With gratitude,  

Commentary by Cathy Jolly, past president of the Pacific Beach Town Council and currently the honorary mayor of Pacific Beach

Hello everyone,

I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this unprecedented health emergency.  As our community works to get the COVID-19 virus under control, the economic and social impacts have been enormous.

With all the challenges ahead, it’s more important than ever that our city elect a Mayor with competent, experienced and independent leadership to navigate the choppy waters ahead. That’s why I would like to invite you to hear from one of the candidates running for Mayor – Barbara Bry. She is the current President Pro Tem of the San Diego City Council and represents District 1. Prior to her current post on the San Diego City Council, Barbara investigated government corruption as a journalist, founded multiple non-profit organizations that support the advancement of women, and balanced budgets and signed the front of the paycheck as a high-tech entrepreneur

The success of our community is essential to the success of San Diego. That’s why I’m inviting a small group of leaders to talk with Barbara about the challenges and issues facing our communities and thoughts on how the city can play a vital role in the recovery ahead. She wants to hear from us, so come with questions!

Please RSVP at this link if you’re available for a virtual meeting with Barbara Thursday, May 28th at 5:15 pm PT. The meeting will take place on Zoom; if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or Thank you so much for your consideration.

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