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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 2

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Jordan Beane

Small Business Owner
3,190 votes (8.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring back responsive representative to District 2 with open office hours, councilmember coffees and getting back to constituents in a timely manner
  • Put a dent our our housing crisis through infill housing, smart growth and innovation so we don't price out the next generation of San Diegans.
  • Push for real solutions for our unsheltered population using a "Housing First" model with robust resources - from rapid rehousing to additional staff support - to help make progress on our city's biggest moral failing.



American University BA, Print Journalism (2007)


Jordan is a good husband, bad surfer and a Director on the Pacific Beach Town Council. He grew up in upstate New York, is the son of a teacher and a civil servant and graduated from American University. He's been endorsed by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, the Point Loma Democratic Club, the Pacific Beach Democratic Club, MLK Jr. Dem Club and the national organization "Run for Something", a group dedicated to helping millennials get elected. He's a community activist and environmentalist who's deeply involved in the DeAnza Cove Revitalization Project. As a millennial renter in a district with a median age of 34 and a city where the majority of people rent, Jordan understands that the needs of many aren't being heard by our elected officials. He's excited about bringing new ideas and a fresh vision of District 2 to City Hall.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (6)

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club
  • SEIU 221
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Pacific Beach Democratic Club
  • Run for Something - National progressive organization dedicated to getting young people elected
  • Point Loma / Ocean Beach Democratic Club

Elected Officials (1)

  • Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of San Diego (5)

Should the Community Review Board on Police Practices be given subpoena power when reviewing allegations of officer misconduct? Why or why not?    
Answer from Jordan Beane:

Yes.  The oversight board at the County has had subpoena power since the early 90s, proving that this can work.  Adding subpoena powers to the existing Board may require additional safeguards for confidentiality of information relating to ongoing investigations, but those details are manageable.  

Right now, the City board usually has to trust the information the Department's internal investigations give them. Even assuming everyone is doing their best, that lack of transparency tends to undermine the community's confidence.

A meaningful watchdog must be able to to demand answers, not just ask nicely for them. And that means subpoena power.

Should the city eliminate minimum parking requirements for new housing near public transit? Why or why not?
Answer from Jordan Beane:

Parking is less needed around transit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not needed at all.  Some locations very near trolley lines still don’t have good dedicated bus service that allows people to get where they need to go.

But, Minimum parking requirements drive up construction costs, making new housing even more unaffordable.

So, rather than overbroad mandated parking minimums, it is preferable to allow the market to provide a variety of solutions, some with more parking, some with less.  When choosing where to move in, new residents would decide for themselves whether they want the cheaper, bigger place with less parking, or a smaller more expensive place with dedicated parking.

Would you support a tax increase that would fund housing and services to the homeless? Why or why not?
Answer from Jordan Beane:

I support the plan to raise the TOT tax for homeless services, as well as road repair and a convention center expansion. I also support the ballot measure proposed by the San Diego Housing Federation, which looks to raise over $900 million dollars to build low income housing here in the City of San Diego. For those struggling to keep their heads above water in an increasingly unequal city, where the median sales price of a home is close to $650,000, we should all be doing our small part to pitch in.

Beyond that, with the success of similar initiatives like Measure JJJ in Los Angeles, it’s exciting to see cities starting to make real efforts to increase affordability - and I hope that San Diego joins their ranks.

Do you support increasing housing density in your council district? Why or why not?
Answer from Jordan Beane:

In the right areas, yes. Walkable neighborhoods with a diversity of housing options can be wonderful additions to communities throughout San Diego. They can help decrease carbon pollution, increase affordability and help keep local shops and restaurants thriving. With more townhomes, condos and duplexes, my generation will have a much greater opportunity to get that piece of the American dream - homeownership.

Finally, as our senior population continues to grow, walkable neighbors can be a key part of extending our seniors’ social lives, providing opportunities for friends to get together without having to get behind the wheel of a car or navigate public transportation.

Do you support either of the plans on the November ballot that would sell the Mission Valley stadium site? Why or why not?
Answer from Jordan Beane:

I am uncomfortable having that site’s future decided by referendum.  That can lead to the taking of public land by whoever has the deepest campaign pockets.   Soccer City, for example, is hundreds of pages long, and there is little chance the citizens who signed that petition knew what’s actually in that proposal.   

I would oppose Soccer City, and if forced, lean towards the SDSU West proposal.  But I think it would be best to have the people’s representatives evaluate competing proposals for the property, so that this huge public asset gets used to the best advantage of the people of San Diego.

Regardless I would always prioritize increasing student housing for SDSU, a new riverfront park and additional middle income and affordable housing, public transit access, and other amenities and commercial sites for those residents so they don’t have to travel far live their day to day lives.

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