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San Diego interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s City Hall Update

Evening Edition

Aired 1/27/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Todd Gloria, interim mayor, San Diego

The special election for San Diego mayor is only two weeks away, and Todd Gloria is wrapping up his tenure as interim mayor. Gloria told KPBS Midday Edition he's done his best to lead the city out of crisis.

"I am happy to do that, but we need to get back to normalcy," Gloria said. "I've tried to do my very best to clean up the mess, so the next guy who comes in can move the city forward and not look back."

Gloria stepped in after mayor Bob Filner resigned in the face of scandal. The special election will be held on Feb. 11. After that, Gloria will step back into his former position as President of the City Council and third district representative.

Gloria has been making monthly visits to our program, since he took over. This will be his last visit as interim mayor.

Since he joined us last month, Todd Gloria has delivered an ambitious State of the City address and led the City Council in approving a new infrastructure improvement program.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 27, 2014 at 3:54 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

I like Todd Gloria, he is solid and pragmatic.

But I do have to say I miss the grander visions presented by former Mayor Filner.

A lot of the NIMBY types accused Filner of being crazy with his lofty ideas of a $100 million dollar celebration to match all celebrations for our centennial and his tenacity in trying to change Olympic policy and bring us the first ever bi-national Olympics.

If you look at history, the truly great leaders had great visions and they were always called crazy by the naysayers.

Now obviously Mr. Filner had other issues that made him fall from grace in scandal (hey, even when it came to scandals, Bob knew how to do it up big!!), I am not here making the argument that he was a great mayor because he hurt our city very much.

But I think his visionary ideas and his willingness to think big and outside the box were qualities thatare sorely lacking with San Diego leaders specifically, and I'd like to see the new mayor come to the table with these traits.

Again, I respect Mr. Gloria a great deal, he did a fine job in picking our city up from scandal and helping ensure city business went on once the dust started to settle.

But I'm not sure I agree with his assessment that Bob's vision of the centennial was unachievable. Obviously the scandal erupted and securing the funding was put on a back-burner, but that's not to say that if there had been no scandal it couldn't have been pulled-off.

Someone said recently (can't remember if it was Gloria, Alvarez, Faulconer or someone else) in a sound bite that they want to see San Diego NOT be America's "finest" city, but they want to see us be America's GREATEST city (or something to that effect).

I was doing something else at the time I overheard this on the radio or tv, but that sound bite really resonated with me.

San Diego is always "fine".

We are always moderate - in climate, in thought, in architecture, in dress, in art, in everything we do.

It's not bad, but it's not great.

It's like we are afraid to push boundaries here.

I'm sorry Mr. Gloria, but I think we can put on a better show in 2015 than you are proposing.

I think that if we had real leadership pushing for it, we could put on the dazzling affair Bob envisioned making the world see that we are actually better than fine, we are GREAT!

I just have this very San Diego-suspicion that our centennial will be a missed opportunity now.

It will be "fine".

And nobody will ever remember it.

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laplayaheritage | January 27, 2014 at 8:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Leaders Please Lead and find solutions before it is too late for the poor and Homeless.

Former Mayor Filner tried to force Civic San Diego to fund Homeless Solutions using $32 million in former CCDC Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Tax Increment (TI) siting in the bank to no avail.

The lack of leadership at City Hall is resulting in the two Homeless Emergency Shelter Tents to run out of funding and close down on March 31, 2014.

Former Mayor Filner promised the Homeless that both tents would stay open year-round. Now that he is gone someone has to step up and lead.

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Mmikey | January 28, 2014 at 7:37 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

in a few months when the voters learn to hate the next mayor, he will be looking pretty good.

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kenneth0rr | April 21, 2014 at 10:31 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Todd Gloria's office took 30 safe, affordable parking spaces away from working-class residents in the East Village (that already fight Petco visitors for parking) to provide another free storage facility to the homeless. They better start registering the homeless to vote.

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