David Alvarez, who was elected in November 2010, has been the only City Council member to vote consistently against the tourist lobby on both issues. Those votes are two in a series that has put Alvarez, a Democrat who represents San Diego's southernmost communities, in opposition to traditional big-time city interests. He's also stood against downtown redevelopment.
When he's explained his decisions from the dais, Alvarez
has referenced his time growing up in poverty in
the city's Barrio Logan neighborhood. Too long, he's said, the
city has directed its energy toward areas that benefit the
privileged at the expense of its neediest residents.
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