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San Diego Councilwoman Barbara Bry Takes Office

Photo caption: San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry sits at the dais, Dec. 12, 2016.

Photo by Milan Kovacevic

San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry sits at the dais, Dec. 12, 2016.

San Diego Councilmember Barbara Bry Takes Office

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Barbara Bry, council member, City of San Diego

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Three new San Diego city council members took office last week, with District 1 finding a new representative in Barbara Bry.

District 1, formerly represented by Sherri Lightner, includes Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, La Jolla, Torrey Pines and University City.

Bry is a former tech entrepreneur who nearly won outright in the June election. Her challenger, Ray Ellis, dropped out of the race in August.

Bry co-founded tech startup Atcom and was on the founding management team of ProFlowers. But she also co-founded a venture capital firm, Blackbird Ventures, with her husband.

She praised a recent city initiative to help fund a satellite office for San Diego startups visiting San Francisco, with the hope that a physical presence will make it easier for local firms to attract wealthy Silicon Valley investors. But she added that San Diego tech firms should look beyond the West Coast.

"Capital has been a problem for our early stage companies for over 30 years," Bry said. "The capital from our companies comes from all over the world now, so this is an international issue, not just getting more venture capital from the Bay Area."

Bry joins KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday to share her priorities as a new council member.

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