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San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria Prepares For Assembly Swearing In

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California State Assembly candidate Todd Gloria talks to San Diegans at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego, Nov. 8, 2016.

San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria Prepares For State Assembly Swearing In

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Todd Gloria, California assemblyman-elect, 78th District

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San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria's two terms on the Council have coincided with some of the most tumultuous times in city history. He took office as the Great Recession wreaked havoc on the city's budget and, as interim mayor, he guided San Diego through the aftermath of Mayor Bob Filner's scandal and resignation.

He is now preparing to be sworn in at the state Assembly on Dec. 5, still representing San Diego. He'll represent the 78th Assembly District, replacing Toni Atkins, who is moving to the state Senate.

Gloria said one of his top priorities in Sacramento is increasing affordable housing, building on his experience chairing the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Council, which manages federal housing funding in San Diego.

“I served on the housing commission for several years before I was elected. Toni Atkins was our housing activist on the City Council, she was terming out, it seemed like it was important to have someone there. In the eight years since, I’ve really broadened the portfolio to care a great deal about transportation, infrastructure, climate change and the budget,” said Gloria. “I feel pretty good about the city’s finances. I think we still have some ways to go on the issues of housing and homelessness.”

One of Gloria’s primary motivations for running for state assembly, he said, has been his disappointment with some of the state’s actions over the past eight years, specifically the state’s elimination of redevelopment.

“When the state eliminated redevelopment, one in every five dollars of redevelopment money was directed to affordable housing and those funds have never been replaced,” said Gloria. “So, we have been going a number of years now without a permanent source of funding from the state government to fund the construction of more affordable housing. There are a number of other actions I can point to from the state that I think exasperated our problems with regard to housing affordability and homelessness. And I want to go up there to be a champion to either block some of those things that aren’t good ideas or to advance things that are good ideas.”

Gloria briefly served as the city’s interim mayor following ex-mayor Bob Filner’s resignation. When asked why he didn’t run for mayor, Gloria said he felt the city would be better served if he didn’t focus on trying to run during the interim process.

“I could do two things poorly, run for mayor and be mayor. Or, I could do one thing really well, which was be mayor,” said Gloria

But, Gloria said he now feels that the best place for him to serve the public is in the state legislature. Gloria said he hopes to be a “strong voice” to make sure that the outcomes of state decisions benefit San Diego.

“I always like to remind people I’m 38. So I’d like to think I still have a lot of time in this business, so don’t count me out," Gloria said. "Hopefully, I have a long future in public service. I love what I do, I love being able to get up every morning with the sole purpose of making our city a better place.”

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