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Cox name carries weight Carlos R. Davalos | Sat, Jul 13 2013 12:00 PM

It can't be easy growing up a Cox. First there’s the name. Any middle school boy (or developmentally arrested middle-aged man) would have a field day giggling about the clever rhymes, puns and euphemisms they could fling at the schoolmate with that last name.

Compound the weight of that surname with the fact that one or both of the kid’s parents is a teacher and you have the makings of a youth filled with hurt feelings, bruised egos and tongues swollen from biting.

Then factor in that both parents are high profile elected officials — one the mayor of Chula Vista, the other a county supervisor —  and could you really blame the kids if they changed their name from Cox to say, Sszykboski?
But Elizabeth and Emily Cox are not children and if you were to ask them if they’d change their last name they’d probably tell you they are proud of what those who gave it to them have accomplished.

Nevertheless, there may be times when the baggage of being a Cox weighs heavy. Such as when the local daily does a story about Elizabeth Cox landing a job with a public agency on which both her parents – Supervisor Greg Cox and mayor Cheryl Cox — are board members.And that same agency bought a struggling toll road in the South County just months before Elizabeth was hired.

It’s not the first time Elizabeth’s career has been examined by the newspaper. It wasn’t too long ago the daily reported Elizabeth had worked for a company that received grants from her father’s office. Greg at the time said his daughter’s employment with the organizers of the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon had nothing to do with the donation — one his office had been making for years.

And now both mom and dad say they had no hand in getting their daughter hired at SANDAG. In fact, when I wondered on Twitter months ago if it was “the” Elizabeth Cox of the South County Cox clan who was working at SANDAG, Mother Cox made sure to call me and state, directly and breathlessly, that she had nothing to do with getting her daughter the job.

Like all good parents, Greg and Cheryl want their kids to succeed (and given that dad co-signed a loan for his daughter’s home, he’s probably thrilled she has a great-paying gig).

But let’s face it. Being a Cox, while it might be an occasional pain, doesn’t hurt. Remember the axiom: It’s not what you know, but who. So while mom and dad may not have said “Hire Liz now,” the people who made the decision to bring her on board probably know who her parents were. And if you think about it, you have to wonder if that weighs on a person: Do people like me for me, or because of who my parents are?

C’mon, kid, why would you even ask?

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sosocal Says:

Sat, Jul 27 2013 08:45 AM

Interestingly, it was also reported (on a NBC news site) that Mayor Filner was falling asleep at the SANDAG meeting of Friday, July 26.

Apparently he isn't the only one who has been falling asleep on this issue. What a shame.


sosocal Says:

Sat, Jul 27 2013 08:04 AM

Can we think about what SANDAG recently decided?

They voted to move forward on the elevated high speed bus route that passes through condos in Eastlake--well, maybe not literally through the condos. But very close: 16 feet from condos.

But it could have been worse, it could have been a mere 10 feet from the condos. I suppose those who live in that area should feel grateful, except that it is such a pronounced example of bad judgment that it is difficult to credit anyone in this planning agency with the ability to actually plan.

Of course, no one will take responsibility. The official statement is that those people who bought the condos were informed that this would be built--which probably means that buried somewhere in the purchase documents was a disclaimer written in very small print.

If people with good reputations make decisions that impact constituents negatively, and do not stand up for their constituents, what eventually happens to those reputations? Mightn't they be subject to a reduction, possibly in direct correlation with the reduction in value of those condos the voters are living in?


anniej Says:

Sun, Jul 14 2013 07:50 AM

While I do not personally know Ms. Cox I have friends who have worked with her in the past. Hard worker, pleasant, caring young woman is how they have described her. But lets cut to the chase - the issue here is nepotism. I would challenge all in asking the following - how many of us would hesitate in picking up the phone if we thought it might help one of our children in procuring a job - be honest. No doubt her last name will not be the determining factor in Ms. Cox keeping the job, no, that will depend on her commitment to professionalism and excelling in the position. My daughters have, like the Cox daughters worked hard to establish their employment reputation. Fortunately for them they are not identified by the name anniej, while I am known for my opinions the Cox's are known for their leadership, god deeds and community service.


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