Earlier this week I went to the American Public Works Association San Diego chapter monthly meeting. I know, that probably sounds pretty dull to some, but I am fascinated by public construction projects, municipal water delivery and transportation. Yep, my inner nerd is now fully exposed. Anyhoo, so I went to this meeting and decided to put some more technology to use because Bob Filner was speaking (he’s running for San Diego Mayor against Carl DeMaio).
NOTE: I have not yet mastered “embedding”, click here for the video.
This speech brought up a bunch of questions. There’s an interesting bit about the possible role of former mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher in a Filner administration (this time he’s not joking). He also talks about making solar panels mandatory on all buildings that offer space for city business (I’m not sure I understand the mechanics of this one). One thing I really like about the theme of most of his speeches is that he seems legitimately interested in people who have not had a voice and places that have been neglected. We may differ on how to address those issues, but it’s good to hear him making those things a priority. I saw a quote on our walk this morning that made me think of this speech a little. It was a bumper sticker that said “we don’t want a bigger piece of the pie, we want a different pie.” I’m not sure sure what Winona LaDuke meant when she said it, but it’s kind of the same thing I think about political discourse. Why accept the same conversation in the same way that it’s always been had? We should be willing to do things differently. Have a listen, let me know what you think.