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Bike Program Shows City Employees Carrying On Despite Mayoral Troubles, Councilmembers Say

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The development of a bicycle rental program shows how city of San Diego employees are continuing to work hard despite the troubles surrounding Mayor Bob Filner, three members of the City Council said Thursday.

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Bikes on a San Diego street.

The coordinators of the program have set up a website at decobikesandiego.com to take public input on where to place bicycle racks around the city.

Program members can take a bike out for a spin and return it to a rack later. Others can pay a small fee to take a ride.

The program wouldn't have progressed to this stage without the work of city staff, Councilman David Alvarez said at a news conference.

"They're working on things every day,'' Alvarez said of city employees.

"Something new will come, and as they do, council will move things forward.''

According to multiple reports, Filner is expected to resign tomorrow, almost nine months after taking office, amid accusations of sexual harassment and allegations of misuse of city-issued credit cards and shakedowns of developers.

Interim Chief Operating Officer Walt Ekard has released two videos since the beginning of the scandals, encouraging employees to continue working hard. Only a small fraction of municipal workers are based at City Hall.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer, the ranking Republican on the technically nonpartisan body, said the nine members of the panel have united "during this very difficult time.''

He said a proposed way of trying to retain officers in the San Diego Police Department will be presented at a special City Council meeting next week.

Council President Todd Gloria, who stands to become interim mayor if Filner resigns, said the bike program will keep San Diego "on the competitive edge and prove that San Diego is a city worth investing in.''

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | August 23, 2013 at 7:39 a.m. ― 8 months ago

how much will these sell for across the border?

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wpstoll | August 23, 2013 at 7:49 a.m. ― 8 months ago

Probably for a lot less than you'd be charged for not returning one.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | August 23, 2013 at 9:05 a.m. ― 8 months ago

will helmets be required?

will they have special bikes for disabled persons. ( ada lawyers are waiting to pounce on this)

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DeLaRick | August 23, 2013 at 9:06 a.m. ― 8 months ago

Council President Todd Gloria, who stands to become interim mayor if Filner resigns, said the bike program will keep San Diego "on the competitive edge and prove that San Diego is a city worth investing in.''

Our local politicians should be able to put programs like this together standing on their heads. They need to aim higher.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 23, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. ― 8 months ago

Agree with DeLaRick, is this where the bar is at now !?

One program is implemented and now suddenly we can declare the city is "carrying on".

Don't get me wrong, it's a great program, but next the headlines will read, "Despite Filner scandal, city employees praised for still showing up for work and making themselves coffee".

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | August 23, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. ― 8 months ago

look at the problems generated by this program in other cities before praising it.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | August 23, 2013 at 9:44 a.m. ― 8 months ago

PDSD,

Our local politicians are very brave, just like Queen Elizabeth II during the Blitz. Judging from your posts on the Filner Fiasco, you believe it'll be used as a pretext to return to business as usual. Which, everyone should be reminded, was very sub-par.

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Anon11 | August 23, 2013 at 11:13 a.m. ― 8 months ago

Anything that helps reduce automobile traffic and promotes exercise is a good thing.

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