It was a Good week for:
Thinking about what could have been. Just imagine if former San Diego City Council President Tony Young didn't get that job offer to head the local Red Cross. Would he have taken a stab to replace disgraced Mayor Bob Filner and become the first African-American to hold that post? If he didn't get that job,Todd Gloria would never had risen to Council President and become interim mayor, a position he took so seriously that he said he didn't have the time to run for mayor. If Young didn't make a run for it, would Gloria have? If victorious, he would have been the city's first gay mayor. If either would have run, would the freshman council member David Alavrez even have entered the race? Hmm …
Kevin Faluconer, obviously. But it's truly amazing how the new mayor — not that long ago — was a lame duck council member, a Republican on a Democratically controlled City Council. And the mayor was a progressive, bullying Democrat. Faulconer was about as down as it gets. He was like the Padres, circa 2011. (71 wins …) So, do you believe in miracles? We bet Faulconer does.
Yacht clubs, now that Faulconer, a member of the San Diego Yacht Club, won. He was attacked for being associated with the club. You know: the class thing. So fear not, politicos who like to go yachting. It's all good.
It was a Bad week for:
Unions. They pumped a reported $4 million into the Alvarez campaign and millions more in the Filner run. Reportedly, some voters got turned off by that kind of influx by special interests. Um, really?
Polling. The last poll released before the election had Faulconer leading by a point. He won by nine. So if you bet Faulconer, you would have cleaned house just like the folks who took the Seahawks.
Diets. This is the time of year when dieting should be easier. The holidays are over. The Super Bowl is over. The barbeque bug hasn't quite hit yet. But then come those supposedly innocent-looking girls, in front of stores, hawking Girl Scout cookies. Two Samoas = 160 calories. Fat calories = 70. A person named Pam Marino, writing for the blog Good Neighbors Stories, did the math: “According to the Girl Scouts 2010 annual report, three million girls sold 198 million boxes of cookies. I hate to tell you this, but at an average of 1,060 calories per box, that’s more than 209 billion calories.”