It was a Good week for:
Local Republicans, who captured a City Council seat and the DA's office without worry of a November runoff. Lorie Zapf got 53 percent of the vote in the District 2 council race, even though she was, technically, a newcomer. She was drawn out of her District 6 seat because of redistricting. Didn't matter. She got the magic 50 percent + one vote. Also, incumbent DA Bonnie Dumanis — even though she's been dogged by her relationship with a Mexican businessman indicted for political corruption shenanigans — won re-election handily too, with 55 percent of the vote. Off-year elections? They are gold for the Elephant party.
Anybody pitching against the Padres. In the most recent homestand, the Friars were shut out twice and batted .135. Padres are thinking of lodging a protest with Major League Baseball, arguing that the opposing pitchers are throwing the ball way too hard. Sometimes they even make it curve, too.
Cardiologists, now that the San Diego County Fair begins and wonderful food choices, such as the triple decker Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, are offered.
It was a Bad week for:
Democrats. (See above.) Even the Barrio Logan community plan, opposed by the shipbuilding industry and supported by Democrats such as City Council member David Alvarez, got shot down. Like the Padres, the Dems did not do very well at the plate.
A lame publicity stunt, as the Padres drafted Johnny Manziel — the Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick known as Johnny Football for his over-the-top gridiron exploits. Message to Padres: Please don't draft an athlete who has a tendency to scramble out of the pocket too early and might not be NFL durable, given he's not even six feet tall. Please draft athletes who can hit the damn ball. (See above.)
California Chrome. The Belmont is cruel.