SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The youngest mayoral candidate Councilmember David Alvarez met us at one of his favorite spots, Ryan Brothers Coffee in Barrio Logan, although he does not drink coffee, his drink of choice is Chai Tea.
Barrio Logan is close to Alvarez's heart, it's where he grew up and lives: "I think it's an example of what we can do in every neighborhood. There was a lack in private and public investment and you can see that there is growth here. There's a community college going across the street. It's going to bring students and economic activity. It's going to give people in the community the opportunity to have a career. That's what we need through the entire city."
Questions from CBS News 8 viewers:
Greg Cody: How would you like to move forward on Prob B, pension reform?
Alvarez: I have a little bit of a concern because they don't have Social Security, so there is no real safety net if something happens to happens to the stock market and it goes down, their 401Ks and their retirements goes with it. They have no social security so that remains a concern to me.
Kim H: Yea or nay on the convention center expansion and the Chargers getting a new stadium?
Alvarez: I oppose the tax on the convention center expansion. I think we should be using our dollars that tax payers are entitled to in neighborhood services. I oppose it for that reason. It has been approved, so my position is, let's get it built. On the Chargers issue, defiantly would like to keep them in San Diego, I think the Q is the right location. It's got all the connections to freeways to trolly. That's the ideal location for me.
Rene Angulo: What are you going to do about the homeless population in Downtown?
Alvarez: It's not just Downtown it's now going into other neighborhoods as well. We got to have more shelters, we've got to use our city assets. For example, we could use our old library as a potential new facility to house and to treat and to put homeless individuals on the path to sustainability. I think we can do a lot more than what we are doing.
Mike Carter: How will you generate more revenue for San Diego and does it involve raising taxes?
Alvarez: No. What it involves is getting more people employed, we still have high levels of unemployment in different pockets of the city. If we can create investment by leveraging our public dollars with private dollars, we can create projects in the communities and get people back to work, not only in construction, but then in the commercial facilities that are built for long term employment.