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Interim Mayor Gloria To Announce Tuesday Whether He’ll Run For Mayor

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said he will make an announcement Tuesday about whether he will run for a more permanent seat in the mayor's office.

Aired 9/3/13 on KPBS News.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said he will make an announcement Tuesday about whether he will run for a more permanent seat in the mayor's office.

"I appreciate everyone's encouragement, time and patience as I went through a process that I think you should go through before making a decision about whether or not to lead the eighth largest city in the country," he said.

@ToddGloria, Twitter

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria visits the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge in downtown San Diego.

His spokeswoman said she is confirming the details of when and where the announcement will take place.

Gloria said he also has priorities for this first week in the mayor's office.

"My top priority is to really be present in the office, to make sure that I understand everything that's going on, that we have a full listing of things that need to be done right away," he said. "Secondly, I want to be out in the community as much as possible, to make sure that the neighborhoods understand that we are focused on their needs, that San Diego is back, that it's a new day at City Hall, and that they are being heard from by the city's leadership."

Gloria spent his first three days in the mayor's office watching a sandcastle competition, a Padres game with local unions and touring beaches with lifeguards.

"A month ago I would never have anticipated being in this position," he said of holding the interim mayor seat. "As the son of a maid and a gardener, I certainly never would have anticipated it. But I think it really shows in this city absolutely anything is possible. And I hope that folks particularly in my council district, and other young people can look at this and see, with enough hard work and playing by the rules, anything can happen that you set your mind to."

Fifteen people have filed their intentions to run for mayor. Former mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher has filed, while another former mayoral candidate, Carl DeMaio, will announce Tuesday whether he'll run for Congress or mayor.

Gloria was busy in the first minutes after assuming the mayor's office Friday at 5:01 p.m.

The minute after former Mayor Bob Filner left office at 5 p.m., Gloria posted to Twitter, "I’m humbled to assume the duties of mayor. Let’s now work together to heal San Diego and clean up City Hall."

At 5:05 p.m., his office sent out a press release undoing Filner's last act as mayor, a "stop use order" for a North Park Jack in the Box that directed the fast food chain to stop using its drive-thru window.

“Bob Filner’s last act was symbolic of his entire tenure as Mayor: it was contradictory and exposed the City of San Diego to liability,” Gloria said in a statement. “While Filner was Mayor, his staff approved the permit for the renovations on Jack in the Box in North Park. Before leaving office for the final time today, Filner issued a Stop Use Order to Jack in the Box for the same project that he had approved.”

At 5:09 p.m., Gloria posted a video message for city employees to Twitter.

"Thank you for sticking it out with me, my council colleagues and our city attorney as we fought to keep San Diego on track," he said in the message. He added that he's informed the city's chief operating officer Walt Ekard, who was hired by Filner, and all department directors that he "looks forward to working with the team in place."

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Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | September 2, 2013 at 2:37 p.m. ― 11 months ago

If all one read were this little story, one would be left with the strong impression that the interim mayor, Mr. Gloria, did not fire anyone upon assuming temporary control of the mayor's office. That, of course, is not the case at all. Far from it.

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CarlosDangler | September 2, 2013 at 6:02 p.m. ― 11 months ago

I would not have expected them to keep on Chief of Staff Lee Burdick. Isn't it true too that those to be let go are political appointees and not civil servants?

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theRose | September 3, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. ― 11 months ago

Great! Honorable Mayor Gloria, when can I expect a Jack in the Box drive thru on my block? And the next block over?

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CarlosDangler | September 3, 2013 at noon ― 11 months ago

Thanks Filner. While Filner was Mayor, his staff approved the permit for the renovations on Jack in the Box in North Park.

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TheDiegan | September 3, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. ― 11 months ago

A real leader leads from behind.

The behinder he leads from, the more leaderly he is.

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CarlosDangler | September 3, 2013 at 4:57 p.m. ― 11 months ago

A great leader takes people where they don’t want to go but ought to be.

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