Greater San Diego Business Association
Yesterday we had Jeff Light, Editor of the Union-Tribune, as our guest speaker at the professional luncheon series we host each second Tuesday of the month (except in June when we have the Awards Luncheon instead). Talking privately with Jeff, I mentioned that I was appalled the U-T hadn't written anything about the Pride Parade last July 16th on the day of the event. He was sure they had and later sent me a copy of the page in the U-T that not only gave the time and location of the parade, but also provided a map of the parade route. I was mortified, as I have repeated my erroneous claim several times in different venues. So I owe Jeff and the U-T an apology. Not only did they print that announcement, but they had further coverage in their Night + Day magazine. And they followed up with pictures and coverage of the parade on Sunday. Lesson learned: we all make mistakes.
I think it is important that we own up to mistakes when we do make them and not let misinformation hang in the air or get spread by others who rely on our speaking truthfully. I bring this up because we're in the midst of a hotly contested mayoral primary and there are a lot of charges being flung about. I believe it is the duty of the various candidates to answer charges candidly and not avoid issues, no matter how distasteful they may be. What we need to see and hear is honesty. Our next mayor is going to face a challenging time in San Diego. We should expect and we deserve an honorable person in that job. No mistake about that!