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August 1 2013

U-T San Diego ranked nine dog parks the best in the county and a third are in District Three. All D3 does is win!

July 31, 2013

I was fortunate to welcome local residents and business owners to tonight's State of Little Italy Address. Thank you to the Little Italy Association for your hard work to make this neighborhood so special. www.littleitalysd.org

July 31, 2013

I welcomed State Parks Director Major General Tony Jackson to Old Town State Park. We honored the volunteers whose service and contributions make our park the best in California.

July 31, 2013

The City Council continues on with the people's business at a meeting of our Infrastructure Committee tonight, 6pm at City Hall. Sidewalks and other public facilities assessments are on the agenda. http://docs.sandiego.gov/ccagenda_infrastructure/i130731.pdf

July 31, 2013

Yesterday, the City Council rejected Mayor Filner's request for the City to pay his legal bills related to sexual harassment allegations. We also filed a cross-complaint that would require the Mayor to reimburse the City if it is found that he engaged in unlawful conduct and the City is held liable. Both votes of the Council were unanimous.

July 30, 2013

Today I was proud to lead the City Council to approve the Prevailing Wage Ordinance. This measure will strengthen San Diego's middle class by creating good jobs that boost our region's economy.

July 30, 2013

This morning the Council proclaimed today to be Assistant Police Chief Lawrence McKinney Day in our city. Chief McKinney has served San Diego for thirty years working hard to protect our neighborhoods.

July 29, 2013

We have a busy week ahead for the City Council. The City's annual appropriations ordinance, support for state affordable housing bills, an update on the Balboa Park traffic plan, McCormack-Jackson v. City of San Diego, the prevailing wage ordinance and more are on the agenda.

July 27, 2013

Enjoying some local craft beer at the opening of Thorn Street Brewery with Dennis O'Connor and former Mayor Jerry Sanders. Check it out near the corner of 32nd and Thorn in North Park. www.thornstreetbrew.com.

July 26, 2013

Filner’s announcement prolongs the pain when San Diegans are calling for an end to this civic nightmare.

July 26, 2013

I wish the amazing Rosemary Pope a happy birthday. Ms. Pope does important work with San Diego's senior citizens leading the Stevens Senior Center in Council District Four.

July 25, 2013

As a lifelong Democrat, I know there is no place in our party for those who harass, intimidate or do not fully respect women. I applaud the San Diego County Democratic Party's decision tonight to ask Bob Filner to resign as mayor.

July 25, 2013

Save the date San Diego! Our new Central Library grand opening is set for Saturday, September 28 at 11am. I hope to see you there!

July 25, 2013

As reported by U-T San Diego, “Happiness” book lists San Diego's crown jewel as one of world's top 40 places It's great to get official confirmation of something every San Diegan already knew: Balboa Park is named one of the best public spaces in THE WORLD!

July 24, 2013

Fixing roads, sidewalks and other public facilities are a top priority for our City Council. Check out this online tool developed by open source advocates that attempts to engage citizens on needed neighborhood repairs. http://infrastructure.opensandiego.org/#page/about

July 23, 2013

Just saw on 10News that the California Supreme Court rejects our County clerk’s bid to stop gay marriages. Thank you California Supreme Court for stopping this nonsense! I'm sure others will try to deny us our rights, but we will continue to fight, and I'm certain we will continue to win.

July 23, 2013

Today the City Council voted to add a third soccer field beneath the North Park water tower and extend SD Indoor Soccer's lease until 2027. This is a positive step that will increase use of this important facility and provide more recreational opportunities in District Three.

July 22, 2013

Thank you, CBS 8 for capturing this sentiment: "We cannot efficiently and effectively run America's Finest City with this mayor in office," Council President Gloria said. "Any progress made in the coming weeks and months will be done not because of him, but despite him."

July 22, 2013

Today, Councilmember Faulconer and I reaffirmed that the City Council will stay focused on doing the people's business and repeated our call for Bob Filner to resign as mayor.

July 21, 2013

Seen in U-T San Diego: Flood Balboa Park. Local architecture students share some of their ideas for the future of Balboa Park. What would you like to see happen in our city's crown jewel in the years to come?

July 20, 2013

I visited San Diego Coastkeeper's LEAP program this afternoon. These high school students and I dialogued on making change in the community. I look forward to seeing how these future environmental leaders improve San Diego.

July 19, 2013

I recommend reading President Obama's comments on the Trayvon Martin ruling. As a man of color, his words resonate with me.

July 19, 2013

How is our public transit system doing? Read the Metropolitan Transit System's 2013 Passenger Satisfaction Survey. Generally positive feedback with concerns about timeliness of buses and cleanliness of bus stops.

July 18, 2013

North Park Mainstreet and I celebrated recent improvements on Herman Avenue this afternoon. The repaved street and repaired sidewalks will make shopping at the North Park Farmers' Market much more enjoyable.

July 18, 2013

Having fun with the Fox 5 Morning Show team and the Downtown San Diego Partnership at ComicCon. Proud to welcome all the attendees to America's Finest City!

July 17, 2013

I was pleased to donate the San Diego Housing Federation's $1,000 John Craven Memorial Award to the San Diego County Bike Coalition. Linking affordable housing and transportation advocates is key to improving our quality of life.

July 17, 2013

I'm looking forward to representing our City at ComicCon tomorrow. This international event draws the eyes of the world and $175M in economic impact to our region. This is why we must do what we can to keep ComicCon in San Diego.

July 17, 2013

As we prepare to open our new Central Library on September 28th, it's time to envision a new future for the old facility. I am committed to working with my community and CivicSD to reuse this building in a way that respects its history, leverages its value for taxpayers and activates this important corner of Downtown.

July 16, 2013

The City Council proclaimed today to be AIDS LifeCycle Day in San Diego. Last June, 98 San Diegans rode 545 miles and raised $346,000 to fight HIV/AIDS.

July 15, 2013

I had a great visit to Red Door Interactive's new office space near Petco Park in East Village. I'm proud to have this great tech company and its talented employees in District Three. www.reddoor.biz

July 12, 2013

Proud to join hundreds of supporters at this evening's Spirit of Stonewall rally and flag raising. A great start to Pride Weekend!

July 12, 2013

Today, I asked for the Mayor to resign.

July 12, 2013

The annual Stand Down for homeless veterans began this morning at San Diego High School in District Three. I'm grateful to Veterans Villages of San Diego for helping get veterans off the streets and into permanent housing. Check out this link to learn more about VVSD's important work, www.vvsd.net.

July 12, 2013

This weekend we celebrate our recent successes and recommit to the work still to be done to reach full equality. I hope to see many of you at the rally, block party, parade and festival. Happy Pride San Diego!

July 11, 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended tonight's Cocktails with Your Council President on Adams Avenue. We discussed bikes, infrastructure, tourism promotion and more. I'm grateful to Sycamore Den for hosting us.

July 10, 2013

I'm often asked about making the airport accessible by Trolley. Here's a graphic on how SANDAG thinks we can do it. Hint: the airport will come to the Trolley. Full presentation by Airport Authority to the Council's Rules Committee athttp://docs.sandiego.gov/councilcomm_agendas_attach/2013/Rules_130710_4.pdf

July 10, 2013

Congratulations to Cheli on being named the 2013 Champion of Pride at this weekend's LGBT Pride celebration. Everyone who knows Cheli loves her. She is a community treasure and I'm so glad she is being recognized for her hard work over so many years.

July 9, 2013

Council Approves Bike Sharing for San Diego. Program Launches in Early 2014.

July 9, 2013

I was pleased to join San Diego LGBT Pride this morning to proclaim July to be Pride Month in the City of San Diego. Join us this weekend to celebrate the Freedom to Love and Marry. www.sdpride.org

July 9, 2013

Kudos to our school district and local donors, led by School Board Member Scott Barnett, for working to reestablish its signature week-long field trips for elementary students. These programs ensure our children are connected to San Diego's cultural jewels like Balboa Park and Old Town.

July 8, 2013

I'm proud of the Council for working together to pass an ordinance to regulate oversized vehicles that park on city streets. This common sense measure will protect every San Diego neighborhood and increase pedestrian and traffic safety in our community.

July 8, 2013

The Atlantic's "hipster heat map" proves that District Three is the hippest place in San Diego. We natives loved D3 before it was cool. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/portlandia-everywhere-where-the-hipsters-are-according-to-yelp/277530/

July 8, 2013

It's a busy week ahead for the City Council. From launching a bike sharing program to regulating oversized vehicles that park in our neighborhoods, there are a lot of hot topics on this week's agenda. I'm proud the Council is staying focused on policy and getting results for San Diegans.

July 7, 2013

Neon signs that span our major thoroughfares are one of the things that make District Three's neighborhoods special. Check out the U-T San Diego’s photo essay on our historic signs and tell me which one is your favorite.

July 4, 2013

Celebrating the Fourth of July with the people of Mission Hills at their annual parade, picnic and BBQ competition in Pioneer Park. A fun way to spend the holiday!

July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day! Today we reflect on our good fortune to live in a democracy known around the globe as a beacon for freedom and opportunity, built on the belief that all are created equal. May God continue to bless the United States of America.

July 3, 2013

My parents on their wedding day in District Three 38 years ago today. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

July 2, 2013

For my friends who are now able to get married, our County Clerk offers Walk-In Wednesdays. This is the one day a week when an appointment is not necessary to get a marriage license. Good luck to all of tomorrow's brides and grooms! https://arcc.sdcounty.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx

July 2, 2013

I was honored to give the keynote address at today's Urban Corps graduation. I am so proud of these 26 San Diegans who overcame a lot of reach this day. Each leave this program with a high school diploma, job training and the opportunity for a brighter future.

July 2, 2013

Over a half-million people are expected to view this year's July 4th fireworks on San Diego Bay. Check out this link for event details. I've spoken with the organizers and have been assured that this year's show will run longer than last year's. ;-) www.bigbayboom.com

July 2, 2013

Over a half-million people are expected to view this year's July 4th fireworks on San Diego Bay. Check out this link for event details. I've spoken with the organizers and have been assured that this year's show will run longer than last year's. ;-) Big Bay Boom

June 29, 2013

I am pleased to support North Park's Citizens on Patrol. These residents are key partners with our police department to prevent and fight crime in our neighborhood. Get involved by emailing citizenspatrol@northparksd.org.

June 29, 2013

Celebrating the 100th birthday of North Park's Lynhurst Building at 30th and Upas Street. Historic buildings like this define District Three's character and provide a home for our great small businesses like Sea Rocket Bistro.

June 28, 2013

Repaving roads on hot days like today is not fun, but the results are worth it! I just drove on the recently improved Fourth Avenue through Bankers Hill.

June 28, 2013

The forecast is for extremely hot weather. Public-health officials urge folks to drink a lot of water, avoid strenuous activity, protect children and pets and go to designated cool zones if you lack air conditioning at home. More info at 2-1-1 San Diego.

June 27, 2013

I'm pleased the Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship today. It's time for the House to follow suit and give us a permanent fix for our broken immigration system.

June 27, 2013

Today we started construction of the Mid-City Rapid Bus Project that will connect District Three's neighborhoods with high quality public transit. This is a part of our ongoing efforts to give San Diegans more transportation options. Learn more athttp://www.keepsandiegomoving.com/Mid-city-rapid/midcity-rapid-bus-intro.aspx.

June 27, 2013

We dedicated the new enhanced crosswalk at Essex and Park in Hillcrest this morning. This amenity will help make our neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly and compliments the ongoing revitalization of our Egyptian architectural district.

June 26, 2013

A full house at the Center tonight to celebrate the end of DOMA and Prop 8. The community is basking in the glow of today's Supreme Court decisions and ready to exercise our new freedom to marry.

June 25, 2013

A very impressive turnout at tonight's Uptown Democratic Club meeting. We had a great give and take on a range of topics including tourism, road repair and our Mayor. Thanks to all who attended!

June 25, 2013

SCOTUS's decisions on the Prop 8 and DOMA cases are expected Wednesday morning. Join us tomorrow at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at 5pm and then at The Center at 7pm regardless of the outcome. Until then keep faith that the justices will get this right and that tomorrow will add new chapter in our nation's history of extending equal rights to all of its citizens.

June 25, 2013

We proclaimed today to be Admiral Dixon Smith Day in San Diego as he ends a successful term as our Navy Mayor. Dixon has been a good partner with the City and we wish him well with his new assignment in Norfolk.

June 24, 2013

Thank you Congressman Scott Peters and Congressman Juan Vargas for joining the NOH8 campaign. With longtime supporter Congresswoman Susan Davis, I'm pleased that a majority of San Diego's Congressional Delegation support the freedom to marry.

June 24, 2013

Work has begun on the Juniper Dip sidewalk project. When completed this fall, it will provide a formal pedestrian connection between the eastern and western portions of South Park. Details at Juniper Sidewalk - Felton & Westland FY09.

June 24, 2013

Congratulations Jeffrey Kirsch as he steps down after 30 years leading the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. He has made significant contributions to our City's crown jewel and I wish him well in retirement.

June 21, 2013

Kicking off the Summer Concerts in the Park with the Mission Hills Town Council. I'm pleased to be one of this year's series sponsor. Events like this help to bring residents together and build a stronger neighborhood. Info at Our Mission Hills.

June 20, 2013

I'm in Mission Hills tonight to learn more about the proposed renovations for Grant K-8 School. The City will partner with parents and the school district to ensure this project creates a first-class educational environment for District Three's children.

June 20, 2013

Thank you to the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) for presenting me with its Community Leadership Award at today's luncheon. I'm grateful that San Diego has such an active and effective LGBT chamber of commerce to advocate for our local small businesses.

June 19, 2013

I joined the Balboa Park Trust this afternoon to celebrate the completion of the Rose Garden Irrigation Project. This improvement funded through philanthropy will reduce water usage and ensure the garden's beauty for years to come. Learn more at The San Diego Foundation.

June 19, 2013

I was pleased to join the community earlier today to celebrate Juneteenth. This occasion commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. We should never forget this sad part of our nation's history and work each day to advance freedom and equality for everyone. JUNETEENTH 2013

June 18, 2013

Many of you contacted my office last week to report dangerous lifted concrete on Florida Street near Myrtle Avenue caused by a recent water main break. I'm pleased to report that City crews were on the scene this morning working to repair it. Thank you for reporting this problem to me. I always enjoy getting things done for our District

June 18, 2013

I recently had an opportunity to meet with Voices for Children. This local nonprofit advocates for the best interests of San Diego's five thousand children in foster care through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) program. Learn more about this program and how you can get involved at Voices for Children.

June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day to my Dad. He taught me to work hard, show respect for others and how to wear a suit. All of those lessons come in handy every day - especially the suit thing. Thanks Dad!

June 15, 2013

I had a blast this afternoon at the South Park Old House Fair. Congratulations to the South Park Business Group on another successful event that highlights this great neighborhood and its amazing small and local businesses.

June 15, 2013

Thank you Bankers Hill for a great Coffee with Your Council President this morning. It's always helpful to hear directly from my constituents. Many thanks also to Pizzicato for hosting us.

June 14, 2013

FYI | Construction of a sidewalk along the Juniper Dip in South Park started yesterday. Here are drawings of what will be built. When complete in a few weeks, we'll finally have a formal pedestrian link from the east to west side of this community.

June 14, 2013

I was pleased to use my office budget savings to fund needed repairs to the Neil Good Day Center for the homeless in Downtown that serves 500 individuals daily. These improvements are another sign of our city's commitment to ending homelessness.

June 13, 2013

Thank you San Diego Housing Federation for acknowledging my work with the John Craven Memorial Award at tonight's Ruby Awards. Expanding affordable housing and ending homelessness are my passions and I'm grateful for this recognition. San Diego Housing Federation

June 13, 2013

Just read, "Old Town park to be expanded," from U-T San Diego. This is a huge victory for San Diego. Thank you to Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins for leading this effort to expand Old Town park and preserve our history.

June 12, 2013

Some of you have asked me about the construction at 30th and Upas in North Park. Here are some details via the SD Urban blog on the mixed-use project known as the North Parker. It is anticipated to complete construction in early 2014: SD URBAN

June 11, 2013

I'll be on KPBS Midday today to discuss the City's budget that was approved by the Council yesterday. Tune in to 89.5 FM around noon to learn how this plan will impact your neighborhood.

June 10, 2013

I'm proud of the Council's bipartisan vote to approve the Mayor's budget proposal today. The $2.75B budget is balanced and on time. We amended the proposal to add four hours at every branch library, fund a police officer retention program and a study that is a step toward rebuilding our sidewalks.

June 10, 2013

Mid City Rapid Bus Pre-Construction community meeting tonight at Grace Lutheran Church at 3967 Park Blvd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Details at Keep San Diego Moving Mid-City Rapid

June 9, 2013

Celebrating Filipino culture this afternoon with the House of the Philippines in Balboa Park at its annual lawn program.

June 8, 2013

Tonight Mayor Filner and I joined the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation to celebrate its 17 years of philanthropy in our local LGBT community. We proclaimed today to be Jeff White Day in the City in recognition of his many years of service to the organization.

June 8, 2013

I'm having a great time at the annual San Diego Greek Festival in the heart of District Three. This event runs through Sunday. Be sure to check it out.

June 8, 2013

Celebrating the 115th Philippine Independence Day at Kimball Park in National City with former Philippine President Fidel Ramos.

June 6, 2013

Yesterday I joined City Heights residents and regional transit advocates to celebrate the full funding appropriation by SANDAG for the construction of the CenterLine Bus Rapid Transit stations on I-15 through Mid City.

June 6, 2013

I'm excited to see trees on Ivy Street in South Park being trimmed today. These are some of the more than 1,000 that are scheduled to be trimmed in District Three in the coming months. For a list of planned work visit Palm Trees To Be Trimmed

June 6, 2013

I read, "Balboa Park Central, Conservancy merging" in U-T San Diego. I'm encouraged by the steady progress the Balboa Park Conservancy is making. Created in 2010, this nonprofit organization is key to ensuring the park's magnificence for another 100 years of enjoyment by the people of San Diego.

June 5, 2013

Check out "A Path to Nowhere" from Voice of San Diego. It's insulting to install curb ramps to improve disabled access but not repair broken sidewalks. These ramps create paths to nowhere for San Diegans in wheelchairs. We have to find a better way to address this problem and it starts with funding an assessment of the City's sidewalk needs in next year's budget.

June 5, 2013

Scaffolding is going up as we begin to repaint our beloved Vermont Street Bridge. Sandblasting and painting will begin in a few days and continue through early July. I ask for everyone's patience as we polish this District Three jewel.

June 4, 2013

This morning the City Council led by Councilmember Marti Emerald voted unanimously to designate a part of El Cajon Boulevard as San Diego's Little Saigon District. This is a major step in a neighborhood revitalization strategy that will improve this portion of Mid City and that I predict will follow in the footsteps of District Three's very successful Little Italy community.

June 3, 2013

Congratulations Councilmember Cole! We're pleased to welcome Myrtle Cole to the City Council today. She will be a strong voice for District Four.

June 1, 2013

I'm introducing The New Kinetics at Art Around Adams this afternoon. This tenth annual event is another way we're solidifying Adams Avenue and District Three's reputation for being the heart of San Diego's arts and culture scene. My office is a proud sponsor of this event.

June 1, 2013

It takes a village to create a park! I'm with Councilmember Marti Emerald, Mid-City CAN and City Heights youth to break ground on the Central Avenue Mini Park and Skate Plaza.

June 1, 2013

FINAL REMINDER: The Rock ‘n' Roll San Diego Marathon is tomorrow. Check out this link for course maps, road closures, parking restrictions and other information: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/road-closures. You can get assistance on race day at 1-800-311-1255 or community@competitorgroup.com. Please share this information with your friends.

May 31, 2013

I joined the Padres and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this morning to kick off Rock n Roll Marathon Weekend and welcome thousands of runners to San Diego. Sunday's run ends with a free concert at Petco Park in District Three.

May 31, 2013

I joined School Board Member Richard Barrera, NBA legend Bill Walton and Mr. Tennis Ben Press today to dedicate new basketball and tennis courts at Roosevelt Junior High School. With the soon to be completed two acre joint use field, students and the community will have an outstanding recreational complex on the edge of Hillcrest.

May 29, 2013

Tonight I attended San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation dinner, FilmOut San Diego opening night and San Diego Earth Day awards. Celebrating our economy, arts and environment all in one night - three of the things that make San Diego great.

May 29, 2013

Summer is prime paving season and we've got a lot of repaving underway in District Three! I know neighborhood repairs like this one on Fifth Avenue in Bankers Hill are inconvenient, but know that when work is done you'll have a sexy street.

May 28, 2013

On today's five year tentative agreement with our employees: "Reaching this tentative deal is another demonstration of the collaborative mind-set of the San Diego City Council," said Council President Todd Gloria. "This City Council continues to put policy above politics, and the results benefit our citizens, our employees, and taxpayers."

May 27, 2013

I attended a wreath laying ceremony at today's Memorial Day service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. I was pleased to see so many San Diegans took the time to observe the holiday. We are a proud military town.

May 26, 2013

Have you seen the green bike lanes like the one on Harbor Drive popping up around the city? These upgrades reduce bike/car conflicts and increase overall safety. This is another step toward making San Diego a world-class bike city! Learn more: Green Lane Project

May 26, 2013

REMINDER: The Rock 'n' Roll marathon is one week from today. The race course will impact many of District Three's neighborhoods. Check out this link for details on times, street closures, parking restrictions and transit detours: Rock'n'Roll Marathon Series San Diego Road Closures

May 24, 2013

As a City Council candidate in 2007, I stood with my future constituents on the I-15 to demand funding for the long delayed transit improvements through Mid City. Today, I was honored to make the motion at the SANDAG board meeting to approve $23.4M to fully fund the Centerline BRT project. Delivering results like this for our community is why I ran for office and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve.

May 24, 2013

Congratulations to the San Diego LGBT Community Center on a successful Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast this morning! I loved the student essay contest winner who noted she is a Pakistani-Indian lesbian Muslim. She made this Native American Filipino Puerto Rican Dutch gay guy proud.

May 23, 2013

In advance of today's vote, I sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America asking them to end the discrimination against gay scouts. Young men like Chance Kawar, highlighted in U-T San Diego’s article, should be allowed to participate in youth programs regardless of their orientation. Let's hope BSA makes the right call and embraces scouting for all.

May 23, 2013

New head in parking on Centre Street creates 15 additional spaces in Hillcrest. Thank you to the Uptown Community Parking District for making this happen. This is proof that there are solutions to our neighborhood parking challenges that are inexpensive and easy to implement.

May 22, 2013

I'm happy to see so many San Diegans participating in their city's budget process tonight. With the public's input, we'll make sure the budget is balanced and reflects our shared priorities.

May 22, 2013

Happy Harvey Milk Day! I hope to see you at Friday's fifth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast at the Hilton Bayfront. A thousand San Diegans will come together to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who pushed the LGBT civil rights movement forward and opened the door for many of us to serve in public office.

May 21, 2013

I’m glad to see the City Council’s priorities reflected in the Mayor's revised budget proposal.

May 21, 2013

FilmOut: The City Council honored FilmOut San Diego in honor of its 15th anniversary. This year's LGBT film festival runs from May 29 to June 2 at the Birch North Park Theatre.

May 20, 2013

I joined students from North Park's Jefferson Elementary School this morning to bike to school. The children learned that biking is a fun way to get to school that is also good for their health and our environment.

May 20, 2013

The City Council unanimously approved the San Diego River Park Master Plan today. This is a huge step forward for preserving and restoring this important regional asset. Our vision is for a river-long park from the headwaters in Julian to the Pacific Ocean that will be as cherished by San Diegans as Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park are today.

May 20, 2013

I was pleased to join the Port of San Diego, Mayor Filner and Councilmember Faulconer to mark the midpoint on the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase 1. We're close to reclaiming our waterfront for the people!

May 19, 2013

San Diego's official urban tree at the height of its royal purple beauty. Get out there and enjoy the jacarandas and the beautiful spring weather.

May 19, 2013

Congratulations to National Comedy Theatre San Diego on becoming the longest-running title in San Diego! This Mission Hills gem is always a great show and I'm proud to have it in District Three. I’m glad U-T San Diego recognized you today.

May 18, 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended this morning's Coffee with Your Council President in Mission Hills. We had a great discussion on infrastructure, the homeless and recycling centers. Many thanks also to The Gathering for hosting us.

May 18, 2013

I had a great time listening to my constituents this afternoon at the North Park Festival of Arts. Congratulations to North Park Main Street and our small businesses on another successful event that highlights why this is such an exciting neighborhood.

May 17, 2013

I had a great visit to Car2Go's headquarters in East Village. I'm proud that San Diego is a leader in car sharing with the first all electric fleet and over 15,000 users. This is a key part of our transportation future.

May 17, 2013

I was thrilled to join the North Park community today to open the new 83-unit affordable housing complex named Kalos on Florida Street. This is a beautiful addition to District Three.

May 17, 2013

Join Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, neighborhood residents and me at noon today as we celebrate the designation of the North Park Water Tower as a state historic resource.

May 16, 2013

As your Council President, it is my priority that we deliver a budget that prioritizes public safety and infrastructure, is respectful to our City workforce, and has no service level reductions.

May 16, 2013

I just checked out this KPBS story, "Public Review Set to Begin for San Diego Trolley Extension Project." This is another step toward linking the Trolley to UCSD, the VA hospital and UTC. As Chair of SANDAG's Transportation Committee, I'm excited that San Diego is taking action to expand light rail service to more parts of our region.

May 15, 2013

I stopped by the City's Fire Training Facility today to observe our fire academy in action and to meet some of our future firefighters. After not having academies for awhile due to budget cuts, it's great to be doing this important work again. This is proof that the City's finances are improving and that public safety remains our top priority.

May 15, 2013

I visited San Diego's School of Creative and Performing Arts this morning and met with its student government. I can say that our future is secure in these smart, young leaders' hands.

May 15, 2013

This Friday is Bike to Work Day. Check out Bike to Work 2013 for details on how you can join the 7,000 commuters that are expected to participate in this event, as well as register to win prizes for riding. This is a part of our ongoing efforts to make San Diego a world-class bicycling city.

May 15, 2013

Tune in to San Diego 6 this morning around 7:50 am. I'll be on air discussing the latest hot topics from City Hall.

May 14, 2013

Congratulations Minnesota on becoming the twelfth state to legalize same sex marriage! It is the third state in two weeks to recognize marriage equality, and the sixth in six months. Here's hoping for more progress on this civil rights issue in the coming weeks - I'm looking at you U.S. Supreme Court.

May 14, 2013

Today was a good day for cutting red tape at City Hall. The City Council voted unanimously to allow restaurants to have sidewalk cafes and for breweries to expand in industrial zones. These are common sense reforms that will create jobs and encourage businesses to stay and grow in San Diego. I’m proud of our Council for taking action and delivering results for our constituents.

May 14, 2013

The City's Public Utilities Department joined the City Council to acknowledge the winners of our youth water conservation poster contest. The winning art pieces will be featured in our 2014 calendar.

May 14, 2013

I chatted with Fox 5 San Diego yesterday to preview today's item to help remove barriers to expanding local breweries. San Diego's beer industry has an almost $300M economic impact on our county and the City Council is working to make sure we keep these businesses and the jobs they create in our city.

May 14, 2013

Tune in to KUSI's Good Morning San Diego today at 7:20 am. I'll be on air to share how the City Council is acting to fill potholes faster and remove regulatory barriers to expanding sidewalk cafes and local breweries.

May 13, 2013

The City is reforming the way we fill potholes. Our intent is to make the process more efficient so we can stretch our limited road repair dollars and fix more streets faster. Our City Council is acting to aggressively tackle our infrastructure problem and deliver sexy streets to every neighborhood. Thank you to Fox 5 San Diego for covering this important topic.

May 13, 2013

Breweries are a growing part of San Diego's economy and culture. As a part of our ongoing efforts to cut red tape, tomorrow the Council will consider a reform that would help keep these businesses and the jobs they create in our city. Check out the KPBS story for more details.

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day! My brother and I were fortunate to spend this morning with our amazing mother. We love you, Mom.

May 10, 2013

Congratulations to Mama's Kitchen on tonight's 22nd annual Mama's Day event. This organization does incredible work caring for San Diegans with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities. They truly contribute toward making us America's Finest City.

May 9, 2013

The Trolley Renewal Project is moving forward. District Three's stations were recently updated with new platforms, next-arrival electronic signs, shelters, track, switches, overhead electric wire and more. Learn more about these public transit improvements.

May 8, 2013

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week, and District Three resident Jessica Graham was named the 2013 San Diego Unified School District High School Teacher of the Year. Thank you Jessica for your outstanding service to our children and strong stance against school bullying.

May 8, 2013

What is the City doing about affordable housing? Check out the San Diego Housing Commission's annual report: http://digital.turn-page.com/i/125912/0. More must be done but the Commission is doing excellent work providing rental assistance, creating new housing and addressing homelessness.

May 7, 2013

Recognizing National Travel and Tourism Week with local industry leaders at the start of tonight's Padres game. I'm grateful to this industry that stimulates our economy and brings pride to our city.

May 7, 2013

So excited! More than 20,000 materials from Balboa Park museum collections are now available to the public for free via Balboa Park Commons, a new online resource that launched this morning. This is a part of our efforts to expand access to the park through technology. Thank you, Balboa Park Online Collaborative! www.balboaparkcommons.org.

May 7, 2013

I just read, "Cruise Ship Congestion on Tuesday" in U-T San Diego. Cha-ching! There will be three cruise ships in San Diego Bay today. With an estimated $2 million in economic impact EACH, this is great news for our city and a reminder of the key role tourism plays in San Diego's economy.

May 6, 2013

Water main break at Florida & Georgia Streets in North Park. City crews are on the scene making repairs and SDPD is rerouting traffic in the area.

May 5, 2013

Have you read, "Cookies for Construction" in U-T San Diego? I love this story! Read how one District Three resident is helping to make the new Central Library a reality. Proof that all of us have something to contribute toward making our city a better place.

May 4, 2013

Councilmember Mark Kersey and I visited Baja California today to tour some facilities and meet our counterparts on the Tijuana City Council. This was my first visit to Mexico as Council President and a part of our efforts to build strong ties with our neighbors to the south. Somos dos ciudades y una región.

May 2, 2013

Five restaurants to open at the Old Police Headquarters in Downtown. This is part of a $40 million adaptive re-use and renovation of this great historic complex on our beautiful waterfront.

May 1, 2013

Perhaps not surprisingly, Cocktails with Your Council President was a huge success tonight. Thank you East Village for trying out this concept with me. We'll definitely do it again. And thank you to Village 631 for giving us the space to dialogue on some of the important issues of the day!

May 1, 2013

The City Council will start its review of the Mayor's proposed FY 2014 budget this morning. As the Council President and the City's Budget Chair, I encourage every San Diegan to be involved in this process. Get up to speed by reading the Independent Budget Analyst's report on the $1.2 billion plan at http://www.sandiego.gov/iba/pdf/reports/2013/13_19_130429.pdf.

April 30, 2013

In Uptown this evening to discuss Our Downtown Vision. San Diego's neighborhoods have a shared destiny and all of us have a stake in the success of our urban core. Learn more at http://www.downtownsandiego.org/our-downtown-vision/.

April 30, 2013

Under the leadership of Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, the City Council voted unanimously today to make it a lot easier for San Diegans to have graywater systems in their homes. This is a tremendous boost for water conservation efforts in our city.

April 30, 2013

You know that I'm passionate about infrastructure. We're taking steps to replace a 100 year old water pipe beneath Upas Street in Hillcrest. There will be two public meetings in May to explain the proposed project to the community. Please consider attending and offering your feedback. Upas Street Pipeline Replacement Project Open Houses

April 30, 2013

GOOD NEWS | Sempra knows that District Three is where it's at. I'm so pleased that this major employer has decided to stay in Downtown and will be making a major investment in East Village.

April 29, 2013

Tune in to Wake Up San Diego on CW6 this morning. Councilmember Scott Sherman and I will be on air around 7:20 am with a special presentation for the station's 60th anniversary.

April 28, 2013

Proclaiming today to be Pastor Wayne Riggs Day in San Diego. Through his 60 year career and 23 years leading North Park's Plymouth Congregational Church, Pastor Wayne has made our city and this world a better place.

April 27, 2013

With former Mayor Jerry Sanders at the San Diego History Center's dinner to salute the craft brew culture tonight. Check out the museum's exhibit on craft beer's history in our city right now in Balboa Park. Craft beer + Balboa Park = D3!!!

April 27, 2013

Congratulations to the San Diego American Flag Football League on this weekend's Surf & Turf Bowl. I was pleased to welcome the hundreds of players from across the nation to America's Finest City.

April 27, 2013

I joined some Downtown neighbors, Rotary Club 33 and the Downtown San Diego Partnership to spruce up our linear park in the Marina District this morning. It's amazing what a small group of volunteers can accomplish in just a few hours.

April 26, 2013

My coworkers are talented public servants and here's proof. The Todd Squad's Steve Hill has an entry in this weekend's Art Alive event at the San Diego Museum of Art. Steve's a great policy advisor with a green thumb and good eye!

April 26, 2013

I was glad to see U-T San Diego recognize this news, "Civic San Diego Wins $35 Million U.S. Tax Credit Allocation". Congratulations to Civic San Diego! This is a huge victory for the City's new neighborhood revitalization agency that is working hard to bring investment and jobs to our former redevelopment areas.

April 26, 2013

The Friends of Balboa Park, second graders from Einstein Academy in South Park and I planted 18 trees along Sixth Avenue in Balboa Park today in honor of Arbor Day. Learn more about how volunteers help keep our crown jewel sparkling at Friends of Balboa Park.

April 25, 2013

With my colleagues Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and Mark Kersey at Dine Out for Life at Wang's North Park. We're raising money to fight HIV and AIDS in San Diego.

April 24, 2013

Tomorrow is Dining Out for Life San Diego! Where will you be dining to fight AIDS? Here's a list of over 100 local participating restaurants who'll be donating some or all of their profits to this worthy cause: Dine Out Fight Aids!.

April 24, 2013

I was thrilled to help dedicate the new Monarch School this morning. This incredible organization educates San Diego's homeless children and breaks the cycle of poverty. Learn more at Monarch School, Nat and Flora Bosa Campus.

April 23, 2013

I was thrilled to join my alma mater today to celebrate Earth Day and its Zero Waste Initiative. USD is leading on sustainability issues and this Torero couldn't be prouder. Learn more at University of San Diego Office of Sustainability.

April 23, 2013

The Council has proclaimed April 25 to be Dining Out for Life Day in San Diego. This Thursday more than 100 participating restaurants will donate their profits to fight HIV/AIDS in San Diego.

April 23, 2013

Rise and shine San Diego! Tune into Fox 5 Morning News today at 7:15 am. I'll be in studio to share the latest news from City Hall.

April 22, 2013

Join me, Councilmember Faulconer, and Civic San Diego this Wednesday to learn more about Horton Plaza Park, a world class public space in the heart of Downtown. Details: Horton Plaza Park Renderings.

April 22, 2013

Celebrating Earth Day by presenting the City's Recycling Award to local businesses with successful waste diversion and recycling programs. The savings and efficiencies realized through these efforts prove that protecting the environment is good for our quality of life and a business's bottom line.

April 21, 2013

Headed to Earth Fair today? Stop by my booth and say hello. We're near the Mingei Museum. It's a great day to be in Balboa Park!

April 19, 2013

Today the SANDAG Transportation Committee that I chair voted unanimously to fully fund the I-15 Mid-City bus rapid transit stations, also known as the Centerline. This puts us on track to break ground next year on this project that will improve public transit and access to jobs for the people of Mid-City. This is one of the reasons why I fought to be appointed to SANDAG: to get results for the people of San Diego. Learn more: SANDAG - I-15 Bus Rapid Transit.

April 18, 2013

Tune in to SanDiego6 in the Morning today around 7:50 am. I'll be in studio to discuss the latest hot topics from City Hall.

April 17, 2013

I stopped by the Downtown Community Planners Council tonight to thank three outgoing council members for their service to this great neighborhood. Volunteers like these are helping the City to create better communities. Learn more and get involved at Downtown Community Planning Council - San Diego. rove public transit and access to jobs for the people of Mid City. This is one of the reasons why I fought to be appointed to SANDAG - to get results for the people of San Diego. rove public transit and access to jobs for the people of Mid City. This is one of the reasons why I fought to be appointed to SANDAG - to get results for the people of San Diego.

April 17, 2013

Shameful! How can 45 senators oppose sensible steps to reduce gun violence that are supported by 90% of Americans? This is a loss not just for those seeking to make our communities safer but for those who want to believe in representative democracy.

April 17, 2013

Our efforts to end homelessness in San Diego are getting national attention. In its story, "Changes Help San Diego Homeless, But Long Road Remains Ahead," NPR is correct that a long road remains but I'm committed to taking a step each day to solve this problem. We can do this!

April 16, 2013

The urban agriculture initiative I helped to enact is one year old. Check out the KPBS story, "San Diego's Urban Agriculture Ordinance Sprouts New Business Opportunities," to see how it is expanding access to nutritious food and helping a small business in City Heights to grow.

April 16, 2013

The Council proclaimed April to be Fair Housing Month in the City of San Diego. This marks the 45th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act.

April 15, 2013

San Diego's thoughts and prayers are with the city of Boston and the victims of today's senseless violence. We are grateful for the first responders and others who acted to prevent the further loss of life. As Boston recovers from this tragedy, our city will be there to help in any way that we can.

April 15, 2013

Congratulations to Rafael Castellanos and Marshall Merrifield who were sworn in as the City of San Diego's newest Port Commissioners today. I'm grateful that these two accomplished individuals will be there to protect our City's interests and to serve as stewards of our precious state tidelands.

April 13, 2013

Thanks to all who attended this morning's Coffee with Your Council President at Cafe Zucchero in Little Italy. We had a great discussion on a bunch of topics. I'm fortunate to have such active and engaged constituents!

April 12, 2013

City Council's Port appointments stand.

April 12, 2013

The U-T article, "The Epitome of Concrete," includes some interesting facts about our new Central Library which will open this summer in Downtown. This civic investment in education, technology and culture will be a tremendous amenity for use by all San Diegans.

April 11, 2013

I'm pleased to report that the transition period has ended and the old Blaine street signs were removed by City staff this morning. From now on the only name hanging over our Hillcrest street is Harvey Milk's.

April 10, 2013

Maps with more details on how the new Rock n Roll Marathon route will impact District Three on June 2nd are now available: San Diego: Road Closures. Please share with your neighbors.

April 9, 2013

I applaud the unanimous adoption of comprehensive immigration reform resolution by the City Council.

April 9, 2013

Today is Ben & Jerry's free cone day. Visit the Seaport Village store today between 10am and 9pm for your free cone. I'll be there at 6pm scooping to raise awareness and money for the National Foundation for Autism Research.

April 8, 2013

Just read, "City Council To Vote On Appointment Process, TMD Agreement, Immigration," on KPBS's website. It's a busy week ahead for the City Council. The issues we're considering are diverse but all of them are connected to our desire to stimulate our economy and create jobs.

April 6, 2013

Congratulations to Whole Foods on 16 years of business in Hillcrest. This great community partner has just completed an extensive remodel, including a new juice bar and pub. Check it out!

April 5, 2013

Celebrating our transgender community at the 10th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment. This community's courage and perseverance are lessons to us all of the power of living as your authentic self.

April 5, 2013

I was proud to stand with hotel workers at the Hilton Mission Valley today to affirm my support for their right to organize without fear of retaliation by their employer. As the son of a former hotel maid, I know how hard these folks work and why they deserve to have their voices heard.

April 5, 2013

When the New York Times recently spent 36 hours in San Diego, they wisely spent most of it in District Three. Check out the great write up on our beautiful city.

April 4, 2013

It should come as no surprise that San Diego's first parklet will be in District Three! Coming soon to 30th Street, this project has been in the works for a long time. Thank you to North Park Main Street and Caffé Calabria for making this happen.

April 4, 2013

District Three got lots of love at tonight's Walk San Diego Golden Footprint Awards. From Balboa Park trails to improvements on Texas Street and University Avenue, we're making our neighborhoods more pedestrian friendly.

April 3, 2013

The Rock & Roll Marathon's course is different this year and will impact every neighborhood in District Three. Check out this link to see how road closures, parking restrictions and transit detours on Sunday, June 2 might affect you: San Diego: Road Closures. Please share with your neighbors

April 3, 2013

Here's a great update on the many steps we're taking toward ending homelessness in Downtown San Diego. Learn more and get involved at www.endingsdhomelessness.org.

April 2, 2013

A preview of what regional planners think San Diego may look like in 2050. Demographic projections, fertility rates, life expectancies, jobs/housing growth: Series 13 Regional Growth Forecast

April 1, 2013

Write Out Loud San Diego is sponsoring a month long celebration of books called The Big Read San Diego and they are asking folks to share their favorite book as a part of this effort. Mine is Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. They are hosting events throughout Apri, starting tonight in Old Town.

April 1, 2013

Cesar Chavez's legacies of social justice and nonviolence are lessons all of us can learn from. His life is proof that through hard work, anyone can change the world. As we reflect on Cesar's contributions to our nation, let us remember his rallying cry that still inspires us all: ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!

March 31, 2013

Another successful Community Easter Egg Hunt! Over 800 attended with hundreds of baskets and dozens of bikes given out to local children. Thank you to all who keep this great District Three tradition alive.

March 31, 2013

To every San Diegan who is celebrating the Resurrection, my family and I wish you a blessed and joyful Easter.

March 30, 2013

KASI Fresh, Fast, Indian is now open on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest! I always enjoy welcoming new businesses to District Three. Be sure to check this one out.

March 30, 2013

During this holy season, it's good to remember those who are doing God's work in our community. Today I visited the City's emergency homeless shelter and the Neil Good Day Center. Both are run by the Alpha Project, a nonprofit organization that has served San Diego's homeless for 27 years. Thank you Alpha Project!

March 30, 2013

Thank you to everyone who donated an Easter basket for tomorrow's Community Easter Egg Hunt in University Heights. Because of your generosity, hundreds of District Three children will have a great Easter Sunday.

March 29, 2013

I had the honor of giving the keynote address at the 73rd fire academy graduation today. This was the City's first fire academy since 2009, proof that our finances are improving and that public safety is our top priority. Congratulations to San Diego's 32 new firefighters!

March 29, 2013

Thrilled to dedicate the newly resurfaced Ward Canyon Park basketball court today. This neighborhood improvement was made possible through the use of savings generated from my Council District Three office budget. I hope the residents of Normal Heights will enjoy shooting some hoops this weekend!

March 29, 2013

More progress on addressing the affordable housing crisis and ending homelessness in San Diego. The City Council's Land Use & Housing Committee approved Civic San Diego's innovative Affordable Housing Master Plan to create 1,041 units; 396 would be for the homeless.

March 28, 2013

City Council, Mayor Agree on Tourism Marketing District amendments.

March 28, 2013

I had a great visit to the Uptown Sunrise Rotary this morning. I love talking transit, homelessness and other policy issues with such engaged folks!

March 28, 2013

From my interview on KUSI today: "I wake up every single morning with the one and only mission of making this city better."

March 26, 2013

This afternoon the City Council voted to move forward with the Tourism Marketing District. Put simply: more marketing of our city equals more services for our neighborhoods.

March 25, 2013

With the community for a prayer vigil in advance of the Supreme Court's hearings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. We hung messages of hope on a tree of social justice. My comments centered on my confidence that America is ready for marriage equality.

March 25, 2013

To my friends who celebrate Passover: May your cup overflow with peace, prosperity and good health.

March 23, 2013

We conquered today's American Lung Association's Fight for Air stair climb in Downtown. Hundreds of San Diegans (including me!) raced up 32 floors to raise money and awareness for lung diseases like asthma and emphysema.

March 22, 2013

Do you need assistance with your tax returns? Free tax preparation is available through the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at locations here in San Diego: IRS: Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers

March 22, 2013

Bankers Hill: Calling all beer and art lovers! Join me tonight for the first annual Bankers Hill Art & Beer Festival. TGIF!

March 22, 2013

This is awesome. I just received this notice from Connections Housing: "City Council President Todd Gloria - you interviewed Carl during the 2013 WeAllCount homeless survey. Now Carl is eagerly attending classes and actively taking part in the services available at Connections Housing Downtown San Diego to help him on the path to transforming his life."

March 21, 2013

I sat down recently with Our City San Diego to discuss my job as Council President, my priorities for the city and why I believe consensus building is key to moving San Diego forward.

March 21, 2013

There's still time for you to make a District Three child's Easter special. Please consider donating basket to my office to support our 10th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt in Old Trolley Barn Park. More at Imperial Court de San Diego, Inc.

March 21, 2013

Downtown: Emergency water pipe replacement on F Street will cause traffic and parking detours starting this Friday. Please use caution when traveling through the construction zone and follow the temporary detour and no parking signs. Make sure to include additional time into your daily commute.

March 20, 2013

Catch Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner and me on San Diego 6 at 7:40 am today. We'll be plugging Connect 2 Careers, a summer jobs program for local youth and other hot topics.

March 20, 2013

Joining the Mayor, my Council colleagues and a broad coalition of environmental, business and taxpayer groups to support moving forward with advanced water treatment to ensure San Diego's water needs are met.

March 19, 2013

Today the City joined the San Diego Workforce Partnership to launch Connect 2 Careers, a summer youth employment initiative in our region. I will be hiring a young person to work in my office this summer and I encourage all District Three employers to consider doing the same.

March 19, 2013

A good first step when problem solving is to know the size of the problem you want to solve. The City Council's Infrastructure Committee is doing just that by requesting condition assessments of our sidewalks and other assets as it creates a plan to rebuild our neighborhoods.

March 19, 2013

Proclaiming today to be Terry Cunningham Day in the City of San Diego in recognition of his decades of work fighting HIV/AIDS as he retires from the County's Public Health Office. Thank you, Terry!

March 18, 2013

I joined the Housing Opportunities Collaborative and Citi this morning to launch the Virtual Counseling Network. This new technology hub will remove digital, linguistic and cultural barriers to Southern Californians seeking housing counseling, tax preparation and other assistance.

March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day, San Diego! Erin go bragh.

March 15, 2013

Going out in Hillcrest this weekend? Check out the new free trolley service that is operating in the neighborhood.

March 15, 2013

With friends at the first Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) gala. As the first person of Filipino heritage to serve on the San Diego City Council, I'm working to strengthen the voices of Asian Pacific Islanders in our region's civic life.

March 14, 2013

District Three loves its native plants. Check out the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society's program on native garden possibilities in San Diego next Tuesday evening, March 19 in Balboa Park.

March 14, 2013

Thrilled to join the Uptown Community Parking District and Hillcrest Business Association to launch a new free trolley, web site and app to make it easier to get around fabulous Hillcrest.

March 14, 2013

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March 14, 2013

Coming out remains a powerful way to change hearts and minds. This is true if your father is a senator or a gardener.

March 13,2013

I had a great time at tonight's Burlingame Neighborhood Association annual meeting where we discussed bikes, Balboa Park and sexy streets. Special thanks to Grant Merkel as he finishes four years of outstanding service as the neighborhood's president.

March 13, 2013

I made my report to the community on the progress we've made in my first 100 days as your Council President. In short, the City Council is delivering results for our neighborhoods and is focused on moving San Diego forward.

March 12, 2013

I went on Fox 5 and KUSI 9 today to discuss my first 100 days as your Council President.

March 11, 2013

Today we dedicated Connections Housing in Downtown. This 223-bed, year-round homeless services center is a huge step forward in our efforts to end homelessness. Without a doubt, today is the one of my proudest days in public service.

March 11, 2013

What a day! San Diego's new year-round homeless services center opened. The Council approved funding for Balboa Park's centennial celebration, two public restrooms for Downtown and to extend the Winter Shelter for three months. The Convention Center expansion financing plan got the green light, which creates thousands of new jobs and allows us to retain big events like ComicCon. Today was a very good day for our city!

March 10, 2013

Tomorrow we will dedicate the City's first year-round homeless services center. This will be a game changer in our effort to end homelessness. I believe it will be a success and will serve as a model for other neighborhoods to replicate.

March 10, 2013

A great Women's Day celebration sponsored by Women's Empowerment International today. We honored six local nonprofits who do micro-financing programs for women here and abroad.

March 9, 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended today's Coffee with Your Council President in University Heights. We had a great discussion on issues like active transportation, code compliance and the Rock & Roll Marathon.

March 8, 2013

Great cities are measured by the quality of their arts and culture. That's why I'm pleased to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Malashock Dance Company tonight. In honor of this milestone and for its contributions toward making us a great city, we've proclaimed it Malashock Dance Company Day in San Diego.

March 7, 2013

Small businesses are the heart and soul of District Three. Tonight, I was pleased to join Supervisor Ron Roberts to present the Neighborhood Market Association's Retailer of the Year award.

March 6, 2013

The impacts of sequestration on San Diego are becoming clearer. My office was informed by our Housing Commission that there are now 863 fewer affordable housing vouchers for local families because Washington sent the nation over the fiscal cliff. This is bad news for the 30,000 San Diego families on the waiting list for a voucher.

March 5, 2013

Help ensure that District Three's children have an Easter basket later this month. Please consider donating to the 10th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt in Trolley Barn Park.

March 5, 2013

The Council voted unanimously to make bike routes safer today. Thank you to my colleague, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, for bringing this resolution forward. With our progress on sharrows, bike corrals, bike sharing and ciclovias, we are working hard to make our city more bike-friendly.

March 5, 2013

The City Council proclaimed March 5 to be Jay Goldstone Day in San Diego. Jay is leaving his role as the City's Chief Operating Officer after seven years of service. His hard work helped repair the City's finances and he is leaving the City better than he found it.

March 4, 2013

My memo to the City's Independent Budget Analyst outlining my priorities for the FY14 City budget, in short, states we must maintain fiscal discipline and continue to implement smart reforms that yield cost savings that can be used to increase service levels and rebuild our neighborhoods.

March 4, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting with 9-year old Wyatt who has taken his concern for the homeless and created care packages to give to them. It's great to know that San Diegans of all ages share my passion for solving this problem in our community.

March 1, 2013

Joined San Diego's First Lady Bronwyn Ingram at Finish Chelsea's Run in Balboa Park. Team First Lady presented a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Queen Eddie Community Fund to the Chelsea's Light Foundation.

February 28, 2013

I celebrated the recently refurbished Gaslamp Archway. This restoration project was made possible by the property and business owners of the Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego Partnership, CivicSD and City of San Diego. This treasure joins the other iconic neon signs that dot District Three's neighborhoods.

February 28, 2013

Dedicated the restored Mason Hotel with the County of San Diego, the Housing Commission and Civic San Diego. This collaboration has yielded 16 affordable housing units and takes us a step closer to ending homelessness in Downtown.

February 28, 2013

Cindy Marten is an inspired pick to lead our school district. She has been an amazing partner during her time as principal of Central Elementary in City Heights where I got to know and admire her. Our children will be well served in her capable hands.

February 27, 2013

I like to say that the Council is the City's Customer Service Department. We may not be able to fix every problem, but we can promise to give it our best shot. The Todd Squad's Anthony Bernal helped Tiger! Tiger!, a local restaurant, earlier this week. Finding solutions that help constituents is one of the best parts of my job.

February 27, 2013

Today's Budget Committee meeting included updates on the City's Corporate Partnership and Managed Competition programs and a Mid-Year Budget Review.

February 26, 2013

The City Council welcomed the student councils from City Heights' Joyner Elementary and La Jolla Elementary to City Hall today. We took the opportunity to get three Council Presidents in one picture!

February 25, 2013

I Dedicated San Diego's fourth bike corral with Mayor Filner, the Hillcrest Business Association and Uptown Parking District. More must be done, but we're making progress toward making our city more bike friendly.

February 25, 2013

It was a busy morning in D3. Community members and the Friends of Balboa Park to celebrated the completion of repairs to the Lily Pond.

February 24, 2013

U-T San Diego had an update on the ownership of our beloved North Park Theatre. Keep in mind that the City has a 50-year deed restriction on the property that ensures it will remain a performing arts venue no matter who owns it. These legal issues will be resolved soon and the theatre will continue to serve the community.

February 23, 2013

The military is an important part of San Diego. I paid a visit to MCAS Miramar to tour the base, greet the service members and express the City’s appreciation for the Marine Corps’ many contributions to our community.

February 22, 2013

I was pleased to join many District Three residents to welcome UCSD's new Chancellor Pradeep Khosla to the San Diego LGBT Community Center. UCSD is a tremendous asset to our city and its economy.

February 20, 2013

A 102-year old water pipe burst and created a sinkhole in East Village. It is a symbol of the need to focus more attention on our City's crumbling infrastructure and why I created a Council committee to do so.

February 19, 2013

A rainbow colored bike corral? Yeah, we've got that! Check it out the next time you're at Richmond and University in Hillcrest. Thank you Uptown Partnership and Hillcrest Business Association!

February 19, 2013

The wait is over gang! For all of you wondering what would replace Brian's on Washington Street, I saw in UT San Diego that Great Maple opens this Wednesday. Another addition to District 3's long list of great restaurants.

February 16, 2013

Gong Hay Fat Choy! I celebrated the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake in the Asian Pacific-Islander Thematic District in Downtown.

February 15, 2013

Although City Heights is no longer a part of District Three, I promised I would never stop advocating for this great neighborhood. I spoke with a group of USC graduate students investigating potential renewal projects for the area. My message: City Heights is always a smart investment.

February 15, 2013

From today's SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting: The trolley's next extension is proposed to connect to UCSD, the VA hospital and Golden Triangle jobs center.

February 15, 2013

I chaired my first SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting. The active transportation (walk/bike) working group and an update on the Mid Coast Trolley extension are on the agenda.

February 14, 2013

I asked San Diegans to Show Your Love by using our red donation stations. This program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership funds our ending homelessness campaign by encouraging care not cash.

February 14, 2013

Today I ask District Three to be my Valentine.

February 13, 2013

Thanks to our Housing Commission, San Diego Square in Downtown will get needed improvements to its 154 affordable units for seniors, restore on-site services and generate $4M that I hope will be reinvested into affordable housing in our City. A good deal all the way around.

February 13, 2013

I welcomed the Cyber-Hive to District Three with Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner and Councilmember Kevin Faucloner. This new nonprofit technology incubator is located in Bankers Hill and will help grow our innovation economy.

February 12, 2013

I had the honor of welcoming Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to San Diego for the dedication of the new Thomas Jefferson School of Law in East Village.

February 12, 2013

Proud that the City's federal legislative priorities include a call for common-sense measures to reduce gun violence like the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban and universal background checks. Americans for Responsible Solutions.

February 11, 2013

As the City Council embarks on our annual budget process, I issued a memo asking Councilmembers to offer their priorities for the upcoming fiscal year today. I look forward to working with the public, the Council and the Mayor to develop an on-time, balanced budget in the months ahead.

February 10, 2013

Had a great discussion with Francis Parker's second graders on the legislative branch of government. The children's interest in civics was awesome and music to this poli sci major's heart.

February 10, 2013

I was proud to join our region's out and allied elected officials at the Victory Fund's San Diego brunch today. It's always great to come together and celebrate the progress we're making toward equality.

February 9, 2013

I had a great discussion with the San Diego Leadership Alliance's NLC Fellows today. These young leaders give me confidence that the future of the progressive movement in our region is bright.

February 8, 2013

Bravo to Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company on a fantastic adaptation of one of my favorite books, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. I highly recommend checking it out.

February 8, 2013

Got to spend the evening with star third baseman Chase Headley at the Padres's Annual Awards Dinner to raise money for MLB's RBI program that supports recreational activities for our inner city youth.

February 8, 2013

I visited the City's new homeless service center where the first residents are moving in today. It is incredible to see this vision become a reality and to think of our neighbors in need whose lives will be changed for the better for years to come because of it. Days like today are why I ran for office and why I am so grateful for the opportunity to be your Council President.

February 8, 2013

I was thrilled to join Downtown residents and affordable housing leaders to break ground on Celedon, a new 250-unit apartment tower at 9th & Broadway today. This will be a catalytic project for the neighborhood and is a substantial investment toward my goal of ending homelessness and providing more workforce housing in San Diego.

February 7, 2013

Thank you to everyone who turned out last night for the second Community Advisory Group Meeting for the Uptown Regional Bike Corridor Project, sponsored by SANDAG. The objective of these meetings is to make Uptown even more bike friendly.

February 6, 2013

This year the Downtown San Diego Partnership and I will embark on Our Downtown Vision to chart a successful path to better our world-class, vibrant urban centre. Join us!

February 6, 2013

Fox 5 San Diego ran this story about Texas's Rick Perry who is all hat and no cattle. While he spends money on ads, the City Council is focused on economic development, cutting red tape and reducing regulatory burdens to make clear that San Diego is open for business.

February 5, 2013

Today the City Council received the FY12 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The City received an unqualified opinion from our independent auditors without any significant or material findings and was completed on time. These facts are an important milestone in the financial turnaround of our City.

February 5, 2013

I lauded Dr. Irwin Jacobs today for Balboa Park Vision, Philanthropy: "Irwin Jacobs deserves the thanks of all San Diegans for his vision and dedication to improving Balboa Park. I’m grateful for his Committee’s valiant efforts and was pleased to have tried to make the vision of reclaiming the park’s central core for people instead of cars a reality. Balboa Park will always be San Diego’s crown jewel, but it will be missing a gem for now."

February 5, 2013

Proud to join Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner and Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Marti Emerald to proclaim February 5 to be Assistant Chief Boyd Long Day in San Diego in recognition of his 28 years of service to our city.

February 4, 2013

Here is my response to the recent Plaza de Panama court ruling. "I remain committed to clearing cars out of the heart of Balboa Park and returning the Plaza de Panama to the people."

February 4, 2013

Joined former Costco Chairman Jim Sinegal and PriceSmart Chairman Robert Price at a discussion of Robert's biography of his father, retail revolutionary Sol Price. All three of our lives were changed because we knew Sol.

February 4, 2013

Uptown News reports that 2015 will once again draw the world's attention to Balboa Park. Host Committee Co-Chairs Ben and Nikki Clay are doing great work to prepare the park and the region for this milestone, including involving the surrounding neighborhoods.

February 3, 2013

Millions watched as the Super Bowl was delayed because of a power outage. Will this be the moment when the nation gets serious about investing in our infrastructure?

February 3, 2013

As the world's eyes turned to New Orleans for the Super Bowl, it is worth noting that they are restoring and expanding their network of streetcars. If they can do it, so can San Diego!

February 2, 2013

Thanked the Imperial Court de San Diego for another year of noble deeds in our community. Congratulations to Emperor Tom and Empress Ajax on a very successful reign.

February 2, 2013

New York Magazine featured a progressive, pragmatic, openly gay City Council leader who says the job is about getting stuff done.

February 2, 2013

Celebrated Francis Parker School's centennial with a community service project sprucing up the Serra Museum in Old Town. Thank you Parker students, parents and alumni for this wonderful gift to the City and the San Diego History Center!

February 1, 2013

Via Independent Voting Network, I see I’m in good company. Newark Mayor Cory Booker and I agree on how social media helps connect local elected officials to our constituents and strengthens our communities.

February 1, 2013

I was pleased to join Normal Heights residents and City Park & Rec staff to dedicate a new electronic marquee on the Adams Recreation Center today. The sign was purchased using savings generated from my office budget and is already helping to increase usage of this great neighborhood park by locals.

January 31, 2013

Check out the 10News story on how today's proposal to eliminate barriers to outdoor dining could help a terrific North Park small business to grow.

January 31, 2013

I was thrilled to welcome former Gov Howard Dean to City Hall today. We discussed infrastructure, economic development and public/private collaboration. I asked him to spread the world about the great things we're doing in San Diego.

January 31, 2013

I was pleased to join my colleagues and the California Restaurant Association today to unveil legislation that will remove costly barriers to expanding sidewalk cafes in San Diego. When implemented, we believe it will help expand the small businesses that have been key to revitalizing so many District 3 neighborhoods. The Council will take up this common sense measure in the coming weeks.

January 31, 2013

The City Council voted on Tuesday to allocate $257,000 for limited restoration of palm tree trimming. This will trim approximately 7,500 of the 30,000 palm trees in the public right of way. Here is a link to the areas in District Three that will be serviced with those funds: Palm Trees To Be Trimmed. Is your street not listed? You can request service via the City's web site at Service Request.

January 30, 2013

NEWS | Civic San Diego and I announced today that the Horton Plaza Park project will move forward, thanks to a decision by the State of California Department of Finance. The 1.3 acre urban park is scheduled to be complete by spring 2014.

January 30, 2013

Thank you San Diego for your generous donations for Project Homeless Connect! We expect to serve over a thousand of our fellow citizens who need help with housing, health care and other essentials today. Learn more about this important program of our City's Housing Commission at San Diego Housing Commission.

January 29, 2013

With today's Senate confirmation of her replacement, congratulations to Hillary Clinton on her exceptional service as our Secretary of State. I learned much from my time working for her when she was First Lady. Secretary Clinton is a great American and I hope she will continue her public service in the years to come.

January 29, 2013

Today I was appointed to chair SANDAG's Transportation Committee. I appreciate Chairman Jack Dale giving me this opportunity to lead on this incredibly important issue to our region's economy and quality of life.

January 28, 2013

I was on scene of today's latest water main break in Normal Heights to express my constituents' frustration with repeated service interruptions related to sewer repairs in the area. Staff assure me they are working to quickly restore water to homes and businesses. The sewer work will be complete in late February. Thanks to everyone for their patience!

January 27, 2013

The City Council is leading the way on rebuilding our neighborhoods. The Infrastructure Committee I created, led by Councilmember Kersey, will develop a roadmap to repair our streets, sidewalks and public facilities. I’m glad U-T San Diego highlighted this in its story, "Climbing out of a $900M (pot)hole."

January 25, 2013

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who joined me and other advocates early this morning for the annual point in time count of San Diego's homeless. This data will help us in our region's quest to end this crisis. Regional Task Force On The Homeless.

January 24, 2013

Construction of pedestrian improvements and a lighted crosswalk on Park Boulevard at Essex Street will begin next Wednesday, January 30th. Learn more about this project at Smart Growth Incentive Program Application and TwitDoc.

January 23, 2013

I had a great visit with the Little Italy Residents Association tonight. We covered a lot of important topics including transit, infrastructure and community gardens. I'm thrilled this community is now a part of District Three. More at LIRA

January 23, 2013

Councilmember Alvarez and I attended Classics 4 Kids' Mariachi Mania today. This concert for 1,200 San Diego children is a part of this nonprofit's work to use music education to improve academic achievement. More at Classics 4 Kids.

January 23, 2013

Where will my kids go to school? This is a common question District 3 parents ask me. Check out the column in SD Uptown News, "Hidden in the Heart of North Park: Thomas Jefferson Elementary." It explores that question and correctly notes the importance of parent involvement in making a school great.

January 22, 2013

HELP WANTED: Want to help end homelessness? Volunteers are still needed for Project Homeless Connect on January 30, 2013. Details at San Diego Housing Commission.

January 22, 2013

Uptown News reports on my recent visit to the Mission Hills Town Council to discuss my 2013 priorities. Check it out ("Fiscal Responsibility Remains Top Priority for New Council President" and tell me what your priorities for the City are in the new year.

January 21, 2013

As we reflect Dr. King's legacy today, this U-T San Diego article is worth a read, "This Fireman Blazed a Trail". It is the story of Captain Ben Holman who integrated our City's Fire Department when he was stationed at North Park's Station 14 in November 1951. A great piece of San Diego's history and proof that each of us can make a contribution toward making our community more just.

January 21, 2013

On the holiday marking Dr. Martin Luther King's contributions to our nation, our President used his inaugural address to speak about LGBT civil rights. He rightly placed Stonewall next to Seneca Falls and Selma in America's steps toward equality. He noted that "our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well." Thank you, Mr. President for including all Americans in the work of moving our country forward. Transcript at

January 18, 2013

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association gave the City a "Taxpayer's Thumbs Up" for the reforms we've implemented to streamline neighborhood infrastructure repairs. These changes are meant to reduce the costs and time needed to fix our roads and public assets. I appreciate this recognition and hope to bring more initiatives forward that build on these efforts.

January 18, 2013

The old Georgia Street was an embarrassment. The new Georgia Street is a beauty! I love delivering results to District Three and will continue to work hard to bring more improvements to our neighborhoods.

January 17, 2013

At the El Cajon Blvd Business Improvement District's annual meeting to thank this nonprofit organization for helping to make The Boulevard great. More at The Boulevard.

January 17, 2013

Thanks to the City's Housing Commission, 150 additional homeless people were provided emergency shelter during the recent cold weather. Their quick and collaborative effort I believe may have saved lives and furthered my goal of aggressively addressing this problem in San Diego.

January 16, 2013

Just read the U-T San Diego article, "Navy Gives Rep. Susan Davis Its Highest Civilian Award." HOLLA!!! Go Susan!!!

January 16, 2013

Tune in to San Diego 6 in the Mornings at 7:30 am and the Mark Larson Show on 1170AM at 8:00 am. I'll be sharing my thoughts on the State of the City and other hot topics from City Hall.

January 15, 2013

Congratulations to Mayor Filner on a very solid State of the City Address tonight. He gave an honest assessment of the City's finances while laying out a progressive vision for San Diego that I think the Council can support. While there was a lot included in the speech that I liked, I deeply appreciated his words on homelessness and our shared belief that this must be a priority for our city. Kudos to Bob and his team.

January 15, 2013

Tonight's special meeting of the San Diego City Council is the Mayor's annual State of the City Address. The program begins at 6pm at the Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Avenue in Downtown. Overflow seating is available at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel at 910 Broadway Circle. The event is free and open to the public. Watch live on CityTV24 or online at sandiego.gov.

January 15, 2013

Thank you to the Downtown San Diego Kiwanis for having me as their lunch speaker today. I appreciated the chance to share my vision for San Diego including the need for continued fiscal discipline and investment in neighborhood infrastructure.

January 14, 2013

Permanent repairs to our beloved Lily Pond in Balboa Park began today. The pond's planter boxes will be reconstructed and other cleaning and repairs will be performed. The fish who call the pond home have been temporarily relocated and will be returned when the work is complete.

January 14, 2013

My office was informed by the Mayor's staff that the University Avenue at Alabama Street median and crosswalk project will resume construction tomorrow, January 15, 2013.

January 13, 2013

Proud to proclaim today to be Jess Durfee Day in the City of San Diego. Jess has been an incredible volunteer leader for the local Democratic Party and is truly a class act.

January 13, 2013

What exactly does a Council President do? Check out the current issue of the Downtown News to read how I explained my new role.

January 12, 2013

On January 25, San Diegans will fan out across the county to count our region's homeless population. The count determines the amount of federal funding our city receives to combat homelessness. Please consider volunteering by using this link: 2013 WeAllCount Volunteer Registration.

January 11, 2013

Today Mayor Filner and I announced our recommended appointments to outside agencies. These recommendations will ensure the City is well-represented and reflect the interests and strengths of the Mayor and all Councilmembers.

January 11, 2013

The City was informed today that our pension bill will increase in FY14 due to investment losses ($8.3M) and Prop B ($27M).

January 11, 2013

A great morning spent answering questions from the community with Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins at The Center in Hillcrest. Thanks to all who came at such an early hour and for all the GREAT questions on homelessness and public transit!

January 10, 2013

Join me and Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins tomorrow morning for breakfast at The Center in Hillcrest.

January 10, 2013

Thank you Mission Hills Town Council for the chance to speak at your meeting tonight! Good questions from great neighbors on topics ranging from medical marijuana to brining the Trolley to the airport.

January 9, 2013

Thanks to Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, we are working to ensure the City Council is organized to tackle the issues facing San Diego in the 21st century.

January 8, 2013

This morning I joined the San Diego Food Bank to draw attention to some of the nutrition programs that help many San Diegans make ends meet. These programs are threatened by looming federal spending cuts. Learn more about the Food Bank at San Diego Food Bank.

January 7, 2013

Wake up with me this Tuesday morning! I'll be on Fox5 at 6:45 to plug Project Homeless Connect. Then catch me on KUSI at 7:25 for a City Hall update. Finally, I'll be live at The San Diego LGBT Community Center at 8:00 to promote the San Diego Food Bank's efforts to feed the hungry. Tune in!

January 7, 2013

Want to help end homelessness? Mayor Filner, the City Council and I are encouraging all San Diegans to volunteer or donate to our annual Project Homeless Connect on January 30th. Learn more at San Diego Housing Commission or tune in to Fox5 at 6:45 am on Tuesday.

January 7, 2013

County Supervisor Dave Roberts (in Oprah voice)!!!!

January 6, 2013

FOX 5 did a quick round up on a few of the projects you'll see happening around the city in 2013 - many of them in District Three. It's worth a look.

January 5, 2013

Just read U-T San Diego’s article "Mayor's Fiancee Dives Into Helping the Homeless". I am a big fan of our new First Lady. Bronwyn's intelligence and compassion are incredible assets for our city. She has already become a great partner in our shared vision of ending homelessness in San Diego.

January 4, 2013

The new neighborhood peace garden sponsored by the local Sri Chinmoy community at Adams Avenue and Arizona Street is now complete!

January 3, 2013

Murray Galinson was a wonderful human being who made a tremendous, positive impact on our city. His leadership, wisdom and generosity will be missed.

January 3, 2013

Working with the community, we recently installed head in parking on North Avenue in University Heights. This simple modification resulted in 11 more spaces in this parking starved neighborhood. Where else can we do this to help other D3 residents who only have on-street parking?

January 3, 2013

Congratulations to my friends Scott Peters and Juan Vargas who will be sworn in as new members of the 113th Congress today! San Diego is fortunate to have these gentlemen serve as our voice in Washington.

January 2, 2013

Check out the update from U-T San Diego on our plans to celebrate Balboa Park's centennial. It's exciting to see this happening and to think about our city coming together to celebrate San Diego's crown jewel in 2015.

January 2, 2013

Today I announced that I will oversee the Fourth Council District office until a new Councilmember is elected. The outstanding District Four staff remains on duty to serve the people of the Fourth District.

January 2, 2013

On Fox 5: "San Diego Council Pres. Gloria Talks 2013 Priorities, Challenges." We will focus on fiscal discipline and infrastructure in 2013. This will be the year the City opens its year-round homeless services center, a new Central Library and starts work on a permanent Mission Valley fire station.

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year San Diego! I wish all of you great success in 2013.