San Diego City Council 2020


Why I’m Running

District 1 needs a Councilmember who understands how the city functions and knows how to produce results for constituents. With my experience working with residents, property owners, and businesses and my track record of accomplishments at City Hall, I will hit the ground running on day one.

After 15 years as a community leader and advocate, I am ready to be the consensus-builder who will move our City forward on key issues like protecting our environment, making our communities safer and delivering quality neighborhood services.

Meet Joe


A San Diego native and civil engineer by trade, Joe LaCava has lived in the Bird Rock neighborhood of La Jolla since 1985 with his wife Lorene, a kindergarten teacher. It’s where they raised their two smart and independent daughters. Joe’s family values are rooted in his upbringing by working class Italian immigrant parents. His father was a blue-collar factory worker and his mother a seamstress.

Joe graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in engineering and has worked as a civil engineer on projects ranging from infrastructure to housing. More recently, Joe guides local organizations on public policy and was a leading voice in opposition to the failed SoccerCity land-grab initiative.

He has been a dedicated community advocate over the past 15 years, sitting on more than 20 civic boards, planning groups and commissions. His multi-faceted career and outstanding public service to the neighborhoods of District 1 makes him the best-qualified choice as our next City Councilmember.