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Tony Young To Resign From San Diego City Council

— Democratic Council President Tony Young is resigning from the San Diego City Council to go work as the new Chief Executive Officer for the San Diego Chapter of the Red Cross.

San Diego City Council President Tony Young

Above: San Diego City Council President Tony Young

The move comes just as Democrats were poised to take over the governing majority at City Hall. Democrat Bob Filner was recently elected mayor and the party was going to have a majority on the upcoming City Council.

Young said he's excited about the job.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to serve the residents of the region in a special way," Young said.

The move will officially be announced in a news conference with the Red Cross on Friday.

Young’s term does not run out until 2014. Because he is resigning with more than a year left in office, the City Charter says a special election must be held. It must take place within 90 days of Young’s resignation date.

Young represents San Diego’s District 4, which includes neighborhoods in Southeast San Diego. The area has been reliably Democratic in the past.

Council member salaries are capped at about $75,000. Past Red Cross CEOs have made over $300,000 with incentives.

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Avatar for user 'dialyn'

dialyn | November 16, 2012 at 7:01 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

It's nice he's getting a pay raise. I hope you report on how much a special election costs. It's not free and I doubt if Mr. Young will pay it out of his Red Cross bonus check.

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my28opinion | November 16, 2012 at 8:01 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Maybe some of the money the city saves by paying council members so little can be used to fund the resulting interim elections when someone leaves for a better paying position.

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Neighborhood | November 16, 2012 at 3:23 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

We, the Paradise Hills Neighborhood Coalition just cleaning-up our neighbor”hood” from all the political election sings left behind. Although we contacted Tony Young's office, as well as CTA & CFA in regards to the sign clean up, nothing happen. Now that Young is leaving and with a special election, are we starting with the sign business all over again?

From the
“The San Diego County Registrar of Voter estimates the cost for a district-only special election at $355,000 to $385,000.”

Perhaps there is some money left in all this to clean up the Hood!

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