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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 4

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Myrtle Cole

City Council President
14,769 votes (37.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring good businesses and jobs to the 4th District.
  • Provide high quality neighborhood services, including street and sidewalk maintenance, parks and libraries.
  • Work to improve housing affordability.



Profession:San Diego City Councilmember and Council President
San Diego City Councilmember, City of San Diego (2013–current)
Councilmember, San Diego City Council — Elected position (2013–current)
Regional Coordinator, United Domestic Workers (2008–2013)
Campaign Consultant, AFSCME Local 127 (2007–2007)


National University MBA, Business (1985)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • San Diego City Fire Fighters
  • San Diego Municipal Employees Association
  • United Domestic Workers Local 3930

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 Myrtle Cole:


The County of San Diego Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board has subpoena powers. However, it is rarely used due to the cooperative relationship they have with the Sheriff Department. Subpoena power is not a cure-all and should be viewed as one tool in a toolbox for a board member to use when reviewing a case/complaint.  Other tools include having board members who are well informed on police practices/procedures when reviewing a case to assist them in making a decision based on the facts of the case. I will need a legal analysis, conducted by our City Attorney  which also includes if providing subpoena powers to the City’s Community Review Board on Police Practices would need to go through the meet and confer process, to make an informed decision on this matter. However, if this issue goes before the voters, I will support the will of the voters.


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


Clearly, San Diego needs to ensure an adequate amount of parking. However, we also need to encourage more use of public transit and plan for areas of the city that rely on transit and where residents may not have the number of cars we’ve seen in the past. I will ultimately support a plan that provides the parking this City needs going forward but that may not be the “one size fits all” minimum parking requirements we have traditionally used in the past.




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


Our homelessness problem is complex, and I would need to know the specifics of a proposed tax increase before I could take a position on it. Just recently the City Council heard a report from various agencies providing homelessness services in the City, and it’s clear we are doing better in some areas, such as helping families in danger of homelessness avoid it, but we need to improve other programs that aren’t working as well.  We have to be able to give the public a working set of programs to deal with homelessness that we are confident in before we ask them to take money out of their pockets to fund them.


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


Our area has not built enough low and moderately priced homes to keep pace with our population and job growth. More and more working families are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to find an affordable place to live. I will be convening a council meeting in July dedicated to this issue. We need to revisit our City’s land use codes and develop new strategies and goals that will increase the supply of homes that our teachers, nurses, police officers and other San Diegans in our workforce can afford. This would also be an appropriate time to discuss housing density and how to increase it while protecting the character of our existing neighborhoods. I look forward to that discussion.


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 Myrtle Cole:


I have not taken a position on either plan. My top priority for the Qualcomm Stadium site is that it should be developed to the extent that it provides a mixture of affordable housing that includes some units for homeless veterans and homeless families. The site should also include housing development for students, retail and commercial office spaces, and parks. The voters will be deciding on two separate initiatives in November that propose development of the Qualcomm stadium site. As always, I will support the will of the voters.


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