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Filner Says He Hoped For More Tranquil First 100 Days

Mayor Bob Filner said today he didn't plan on a series of "polarizing'' confrontations with members of the City Council and other interests when he took office, but conceded it was the result of trying to change the status quo in San Diego.

"I would have hoped for a more tranquil first 100 days,'' Filner said at his monthly informal gathering with reporters.

Filner has had public spats with City Council President Todd Gloria and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, and also angered leaders of the hotel industry by refusing to sign an operating agreement that activates the Tourism Marketing District -- which promotes San Diego as a destination.

On Tuesday, the City Council passed a resolution to require the mayor to sign the TMD contract.

"I thought it was a set-up to teach me a lesson,'' Filner said.

The mayor said he negotiated revisions to the terms of the TMD agreement over the last few days and believed he was close to a deal. He said his position has now changed.

"I saw it as bad-faith bargaining, (the TMD) hoping that we wouldn't agree,'' Filner said.

Filner gained a reputation for a confrontational style during 10 terms in Congress, and he came to office in San Diego promising to move political power from what he calls "downtown special interests'' to the neighborhoods.

Besides the TMD issue, he has also butted heads with the City Council over appointments to the commission that oversees the Port of San Diego, and nominees to the San Diego Association of Governments, a regional planning body.

He said he will work to repair relationships and pointed out several instances in which he has joined with City Council opponents on different issues, including Kevin Faulconer on repairing the seawall at Mission Beach; Mark Kersey on fixing up structures at Rancho Bernardo Community Park; and Scott Sherman on making improvements to Mission Trails Regional Park.

On Tuesday, Sherman accused Filner of being an "arsonist-fireman'' --causing a problem and rushing in to try to solve it.

The mayor responded that the TMD issue was one of great importance.

"This goes to how the city has been run and how I want to change it,'' Filner said.

He said he has neither called TMD representatives today to resume negotiations nor heard from them.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 27, 2013 at 4:50 p.m. ― 4 years ago

I hear ya, Bob.

I guess having a politically-motivated, psychotic city attorney doesn't lend itself to "tranquility".

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lkstaack | March 28, 2013 at 8:09 a.m. ― 4 years ago

The Mayor's heart may be in the right place, but it's obvious he doesn't know how to work with people. Any person, particularly a person in authority, doesn't like to be bossed around. It is amazing that Filner doesn't get it. Why did he think he could walk in on the first day and dictate?

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bellvideo | March 28, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Fixing things tends to disrupt at first.

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sara_k | March 28, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. ― 4 years ago

I don't understand why Councilmember Sherman keeps insisting he's not a politician.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 28, 2013 at 2:38 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Ikstaack, how would you recommend Filner handle the situation? Just sit back and agree to everything the city attorney says even though he thinks it's wrong?

Everyone has this impression that Filner is a hot-head, but from the little I've seen of Jan Goldsmith, he seems EXTREMELY condescending and rude.

This is what I've noticed:

Godlsmith acts rude and condescending to Filner, then Filner gives him attitude back.

Then, the media is all over Filner for being rude, yet no mention of Goldsmith.

You have to look at the politics to see why this is - Goldsmith is alligned with DeMaio and the Repupblican establishment. The Republican establishment in San Diego still controls most of our media (the UT, all the local news stations).

You also take into consideration that these Republican-leaning local media affiliates SUCCEEDED in destroying Mike Aguirre's politcal career here by making him out to be an irrational kook.

Mr. Aguirre, like Mr. Filner, was a bit abraisive, but he was a damn good city attorney and it was quite a shame that the local GOP machine was able to destroy him in this manner.

They are trying to do the exact same thing to Mayor Filner now.

It's disgusting.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 28, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. ― 4 years ago

The local GOP bosses new game (backed by Manchester and all the rest of the Good 'ol Boys who are still streaming mad from their puppet DeMaio's abismal failure in the election):

The BAIT: Sniveling city attorney Jan Goldsmith

The TARGET: Mayor Filner

The TACTIC: (1) Prompt Jan Goldsmith to act like a pompous, irrational, slimy nutjob so Filner will react

(2) Filner reacts, annoyed as anyone would be

(3) Send the "unwritten memo" out to all the Republican media cronies over at the UT and the journalistically-inept, politically-motivated local news stations to run clips of Filner getting annoyed over and over again, and overeggaerate it to make him look like a hot-head.

Add some drama a la Fox "news" - as inpet local San Diego news stations are so good at - get a buxom blonde botox-injected skantily clad "news reporter" who thinks journalism is a type of jam, and have her do a pouty-frown as far as she can with all the botox after showing clips of Filner being annoyed so it looksl ike she is scared of him. Then make some subtle comments like, "wow, our mayor looks angry" and soon you have public opinion turning.

You wouldn't think these obvious types of stupid political/media tactics work anymore, and they don't to the younger educated crowd, but they still do to the Republican crowd who mostly comrises of elderly people who still think it's the 1950s.

Make no mistake about it - Mr. Manchester was as annoyed as a Republican at a Lady GaGa concert when his puppet DeMaio wasn't elected, so now he is trying to pull strings from within using his second-choice puppet, city attorney Jan Goldsmith.

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Missionaccomplished | March 28, 2013 at 11:08 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Hey, Quackster, I hear Glory___e and CDM are also using that flavor of the month avatar. (lol)

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lkstaack | March 29, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Mr./Ms. Duck_SD: Mr. Filner's lack of communication isn't limited to Mr. Goldsmith, he has spurned the entire city council. I respectfully suggest that Mr. Filner talk to San Diego's leaders before he acts; even Republicans and those whose policies he disagrees with. He should work towards consensus, even if he can't achieve it. He should act respectfully. As it stands, he is dictating and getting nothing done.

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