KPBS: Christian Ramirez To Bring Border Expertise To San Diego City Council

Thursday, May 10, 2018


San Diego City Council District 8 candidate Christian Ramirez said he wished David Alvarez, who he hopes to succeed, had worked with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office more on the city's plan for homeless tents and a storage facility in his district. He called the lack of cooperation a failure of leadership on Alvarez's part.

"I believe very strongly in reaching across the aisle and trying to find workable solutions," said Ramirez. "I do agree with Councilmember Alvarez that building a storage facility next to an elementary school is a bad idea in Sherman Heights, however, steps should have been taken beforehand to ensure that we worked directly with the mayor's office, work with other council members and find reasonable solutions."

The center is expected to open in June.

Ramirez is the human rights director for Alliance San Diego and one of three leading candidates seeking to replace termed-out Councilman David Alvarez. All the candidates, along with Alvarez, are Democrats.

The district is geographically split, including Sherman Heights and Barrio Logan near downtown and Otay Mesa and San Ysidro along the border.

San Diego City Council District 8 is the only council race without an incumbent in June.

Ramirez joins KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss his priorities for the district.