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Todd Gloria Sworn In As San Diego’s 37th Mayor

Todd Gloria being virtually sworn in by California's Senate President pro-Tem...

Credit: City of San Diego

Above: Todd Gloria being virtually sworn in by California's Senate President pro-Tempore Toni Atkins on Dec. 10, 2020

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The former assemblyman for California's 78th State Assembly District, City Councilman and Interim Mayor in 2013 thanked the diverse San Diegan community for electing him to the position.

Aired: December 10, 2020 | Transcript

Todd Gloria was sworn in as San Diego's 37th Mayor Thursday morning, alongside the 73rd San Diego City Council, making him the first LGBT and person of color mayor in the city's history.

The former assemblyman for California's 78th State Assembly District, City Councilman and Interim Mayor in 2013 thanked the diverse San Diegan community for electing him to the position.

"A city where a Native American, Filipino, Puerto Rican gay guy just became your mayor," he said.

"As a kid growing up in San Diego, I didn't see people who looked like me leading practically anything, let alone a major U.S. city," Gloria said. "Together, we will make San Diego into a place where your ZIP code doesn't determine your destiny, we embrace what makes us unique and our community provides pathways to success for all of us."

Former Mayor Kevin Faulconer offered his congratulations to his "friend and colleague" Gloria in a prerecorded message in which he touted his own successes over his six-year term.

He pointed to declining homelessness rates, road repairs, signing the Climate Action Plan and reducing the city's emissions by 25% and evidence of the success of bipartisan government.

"When we set aside politics and lead with pride, there's nothing we can't do," Faulconer said.

Reported by Andrew Bowen

Gloria set a hopeful tone with his remarks after California's Senate President pro-Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, swore him in.

"San Diego is a big city," he said. "It's time we act like it."

Gloria said his staff was preparing an aggressive strategy to tackle to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health, economic and housing components.

"Our goal is not to go back to normal," Gloria said. "Normal was not and won't be good enough. This is the dawn of a new era. We are going to recover and built back better from COVID-19."

Gloria said his priorities will include centering racial justice in all actions, affirming Black Lives Matter, increasing housing supply and continuing to combat climate change.

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