San Diegans Stand United Against Special Election

City Council faces crucial vote as coalition of community groups rally at City Hall

SAN DIEGO, CA -- On Monday, June 5, community, faith and labor leaders will hold a press conference / rally to ask that the San Diego City Council refrain from scheduling a costly special election for special interests. 

They will stand united with one message: voters have already decided that local initiatives should be held in the November general election when the most people vote, not in special elections that only serve special interests. That's why they approved Measure L by 66%.


WhatPress conference / rally to stop a special election for special interests, followed by the vote in the City Council chambers
Where: City Administration Building, 202 C Street (look for us at the Civic Center Plaza)
WhenMonday, June 5 at 1 PM for press conference / rally; City Council meeting at 2 PM

Speakers include:

  • Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego
  • Jerry Butkiewicz, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council

Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego, released the following statement:

"Special elections should be for special emergency circumstances, not for special interests. That's why voters overwhelmingly approved measure L. They wanted to make sure that big decisions are made when the most amount of people vote. Today, our city leaders have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to respect the will of the voters and refrain from scheduling a costly special election designed to benefit special interests."

Jerry Butkiewicz, representing the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, issued the following statement:

"Working families and members of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council supported Measure L because we believe that in a healthy democracy, the best decisions are made when the most people participate. The issues on the table for this proposed special election are important - too important to be made by a small fraction of San Diego's voters, which is why we believe these ballot measures need to go to the 2018 general election."

Chris Ward, San Diego City Councilmember, District 3, issued the following statement in support: 

"The city is facing significant issues that include homelessness, a lack of affordable housing, and major land-use decisions that will require a sound plan and community involvement. Voters told us in Measure L that they want to be involved in the decision-making on big issues such as these and the most appropriate time to do so is in November general elections. A costly and rushed special election that does not respect the will of the voters ultimately undermines our chances to achieve solutions that will improve the city for all of our families." 

About Alliance San Diego
Alliance San Diego is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) community empowerment organization working to ensure that all people can achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice. Our mission is to to provide a means for diverse individuals and organizations to share information, collaborate on issues and mobilize for change in the pursuit of social justice, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. We pursue this mission through targeted civic engagement programs and strategic coalitions that focus on specific issues and policy reforms.