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December 31, 2012

Thank you to our dedicated City workers who are spending their New Year's Eve repairing a broken water main at Texas and Upas in North Park. Service should be restored by 9pm tonight.

December 30, 2012

ParkHillcrest.com to launch in February. Thank you, Uptown Partnership! This is exactly what our parking districts should be doing. Next I'd like to see parking meters that take credit cards and that allow you to pay using your smart phone. Let's do it!

December 30, 2012

Join Mayor Filner and the San Diego City Council for the State of the City Address. Tuesday, January 15, 6pm at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave in District Three.

December 29, 2012

"Oops, says State. SD can have housing money," – U-T San Diego. This reversal is very good news. It means $24.5M will come to District Three and two important projects will be completed. Thank you to Civic San Diego, the City Attorney and Assemblymember Toni Atkins for achieving this important victory for San Diego.

December 28, 2012

San Diego's craft-beer scene is bringing national attention and increased economic activity to our city. There’s a write up by TIME Magazine featuring several breweries in District Three!

December 28, 2012

U-T San Diego has a good summary of what the City is doing to address affordable housing and homelessness through partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, philanthropy and other public agencies.

December 27, 2012:

You know you've arrived when you are the answer in a crossword puzzle. Thank you, CityBeat!

December 26, 2012:

When you're ready to take down your Christmas tree, the City is here to help. Check out the details on this year's tree recycling program with drop off locations throughout San Diego at http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/pdf/geninfo/news/2012/2012TreeRecycling.pdf.

December 25, 2012:

The best part of being Native American, Filipino, Latino and Dutch? The food at family dinners!

December 25, 2012:

Merry Christmas, San Diego!

December 23, 2012:

As one of its final legislative acts of 2012, the City Council voted to dedicate 6,500 acres of canyons as permanent open space. This will ensure that San Diegans will enjoy these precious natural resources for many generations to come.

December 22, 2012:

Just read U-T San Diego’s comments against our trolley. I could be wrong but I don't recall similar editorials questioning the billions spent on expanding local freeways. While all taxpayer expenditures should be scrutinized, public transit should not be held to a different standard than car-oriented projects.

December 22, 2012:

I teamed up with Santa and San Diego City Firefighters this morning to deliver Christmas gifts to 11 deserving families across our city, like the Navarettes. This 23 year holiday tradition is San Diego at its best.

December 21, 2012:

Check out Uptown News's year in review. We've accomplished so much for our neighborhoods in 2012. I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for District Three and our city!

December 19, 2012:

Thank you to CBS 8 for including me in their coverage, “North Park street repairs cost businesses plenty.” This is beyond frustrating. Improving our communities is a priority, but so far, this project misses the mark entirely. I have demanded work be stopped until the public can be informed and parking and traffic impacts are mitigated.

December 19, 2012:

Opening Soitec's new solar panel manufacturing plant in Rancho Bernardo. This means 450 new green jobs for San Diegans and more renewable energy for all. Congratulations to the many people and organizations who worked together to make this good news possible!

December 19, 2012:

Thank you, San Diego Magazine, for naming me one of your 50 People to Watch in 2013. You bet I intend to make waves as Council President! The people didn't send to me City Hall to watch paint dry.

December 18, 2012:

Proud to stand with our Mayor and my Council colleagues for the signing of a bill to stop blight from foreclosed homes. This is a part of a Council legislative package that is putting our neighborhoods first.

December 18, 2012:

Yesterday the Council unanimously approved my proposal to create an Infrastructure Committee. The committee will begin meeting in January and will focus on streamlining our current repair efforts and developing a long term plan for rebuilding our neighborhoods.

December 17, 2012:

End homelessness in Downtown? It is a lofty goal but anything less would mean we're okay with human beings sleeping on our streets. San Diego is better than that. Here's how we hope to achieve this objective in the next four years. http://endingsdhomelessness.org/

December 16, 2012:

“We cannot tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change.” —President Obama

December 16, 2012:

Today’s U-T San Diego includes an editorial about infrastructure investment. I'm pleased that my inauguration speech has started a long overdue conversation on repairing our infrastructure. Tomorrow the Council will consider my proposal to create an Infrastructure Committee tasked with tackling this $900 million problem with the help of the community. This is the first step toward rebuilding our neighborhoods.

December 15, 2012:

Thanking our nation's heroes and wishing them happy holidays at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center holiday party in Balboa Park.

December 15, 2012:

You know I love welcoming new businesses to District Three. Today we opened Creative Futons & Furniture at 3734 6th Ave in Hillcrest. This one is even sweeter because this is their second location in D3 and is in a recently restored historic home! Check them out.

December 14, 2012:

Celebrating 25 years of holiday lights over I-805. Thanks to SDG&E the lights are now LED energy efficient bulbs. Many thanks to Supervisor Ron Roberts Cal-Trans, El Cajon Boulevard and our local small businesses who ensure that this holiday tradition continues.

December 14, 2012:

This is an incredibly sad day for our country. My thoughts and prayers are with those at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Every American must be disturbed by the increasing frequency of this kind of violence. I don't presume to know the solution but I know what we are doing is not working. Give your loved ones an extra hug today.

December 14, 2012:

Check out this two part interview I did with IVN. Lots of topics covered including how I try to use social media to better serve my constituents. http://ivn.us/san-diego.

December 13, 2012:

Proud to be the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition's Public Partner of the Year. We've done a lot but there's so much more to be done. I know that 2013 is going to be a great year for biking in San Diego!

December 13, 2012:

I'm pleased to join a trio of Balboa Park organizations this evening for a joint holiday party. Among the things we're celebrating is the restoration of the Botanical Garden Fountains. These beautiful 1915 amenities are working once again thanks to the Friends of Balboa Park and many generous donors. A great holiday gift to the people of San Diego. More at http://friendsofbalboapark.org/.

December 13, 2012:

Rain leads to potholes. Report the ones in your neighborhood and other storm-related problems in the public right of way via the City's web site http://apps.sandiego.gov/streetdiv/sreq_t1.jsp.

December 12, 2012:

How can the City ever hope to address the $900M in street, sewer, public facility and other needs if we don't make it a priority? Today I announced that for the first time ever the Council will have an Infrastructure Committee that will focus on streamlining our neighborhood repairs and bring forward a multi-year plan to rebuild San Diego.

December 12, 2012:

Tune in to San Diego 6 in the Morning. I'll be on shortly to give an update on the latest from City Hall and a preview of the items we'll tackle in 2013.

December 11, 2012:

Tonight Councilmember David Alvarez and I joined the Alpha Project to light the Christmas tree at the City's cold weather shelter for the homeless. If you want to support an organization that will assist 800 San Diegans get off the streets this winter, please visit http://www.alphaproject.org/.

December 11, 2012:

On Monday federal housing officials announced that San Diego County has the third highest homeless population in the country. Over 10,000 San Diegans did not have homes in 2012, a 6.1% increase since 2011. This is why as Council President I am committed to solving this problem and making it a priority for our region. Learn more about homelessness in the United States at https://www.onecpd.info/resources/documents/2012AHAR_PITestimates.pdf/.

December 10, 2012:

With Mayor Bob Filner at the swearing in of our School Board members. The School District and the City are partners in the education of San Diego's children.

December 10, 2012:

Today, Voice of San Diego asks, “Can San Diego End Homelessness?” The answer to this question is YES. As I said in my inaugural speech last week, we can end this problem in Downtown in the four years and then take the lessons learned there and replicate them in other neighborhoods.

December 10, 2012:

A neat freak with a fast food habit and a taste for hip-hop and R&B? I may be the Council President but I'm keeping it real. Check out this profile piece in today's U-T San Diego.

December 8, 2012:

Sending my warmest wishes to those celebrating Hanukkah around our city.

December 8, 2012:

We're making progress on turning McKinley Elementary School's gravel yard into a new park for the benefit of the students and the surrounding North Park neighborhood. Read about it in the San Diego Uptown News.

December 8, 2012:

Proud to join San Diego City Firefighters Local 145 for their annual holiday turkey giveaway to City Heights families at Fire Station 17. Thank you, firefighters!

December 7, 2012:

Lighting the Christmas tree at December Nights. This 35 year tradition in our City's crown jewel is how San Diego starts our holiday season.

December 6, 2012:

Thank you LGBT Weekly for putting me on the cover this week's issue. The Council Presidency is something every member of the LGBT community can take pride in. This honor is not mine, it is ours. More here.

December 6, 2012:

Was thrilled to join the School District to deliver more results for District Three today. We dedicated the North Park Community Park Joint Use Improvements for the benefit of students and residents in the neighborhood. Learn more at http://sdusd-news.blogspot.com/2012/12/media-advisory-school-board-trustee-and.html.

December 5, 2012:

Thank you CityBeat for laying out the road ahead and sharing my passion for ending homelessness. If you mean fiscal discipline and aggressive repair of our neighborhood infrastructure, then yes, let the Todd Gloria Era begin!

December 5, 2012:

Tune in to KUSI at 7:40 am. I'll be live in studio to lay out how I plan to lead the City Council to keep San Diego moving forward.

December 4, 2012:

Today the Council unanimously approved the Street Preservation Ordinance. This legislation will prevent utility excavation in recently repaved streets. We owe it to taxpayers to ensure when we finally fix a road, that it stays in good condition for as long as possible. I'm thrilled that this was approved at my first meeting as your Council President.

December 4, 2012:

Join School Board Member Richard Barrera, the community and me this Thursday at 10 a.m. to dedicate the North Park Community Park Joint Use improvements. This is a great example of the School District and the City working together to serve our children and our neighborhoods.

December 4, 2012:

Tune in to Fox 5 at 7:20 am. I'll be on air to discuss how I plan to lead the Council to maintain fiscal discipline and address the needs of our neighborhoods.

December 3, 2012:

It's official District Three: I'm all yours for four more years. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

December 2, 2012:

As I prepare for tomorrow’s inauguration, I’d like to thank my mentor Congresswoman Susan Davis. It all started with a letter sent nearly twenty years ago welcoming me to the Aaron Price Fellows Program. Her guidance prepared me to the serve the people of District Three and for the new challenges I will soon tackle. Thank you Susan!

December 2, 2012:

Thank you Victory Fund & Institute for a great LGBT Leaders Conference in Long Beach this weekend. I'm returning to San Diego with tons of ideas and energy, just in time to start my second term tomorrow!

December 1, 2012:

I love welcoming small businesses to District Three! This morning we opened The Golden Paw pet resort to University & 9th in Hillcrest. More at http://www.thegoldenpaw.net/.

December 1, 2012:

Today is World AIDS Day. We will not forget those we've lost and will continue to serve those who are living. Let's all recommit to winning this fight and work together for an AIDS-free generation. http://1.usa.gov/e2FuNf

November 30, 2012:

Congratulations Car2Go on your first anniversary in San Diego! Thank you for helping to advance my transportation vision of giving commuters more choices on how to get from A to B!

November 28, 2012:

Speaking at the Downtown Residents Group's 25th anniversary event this evening. I can't wait to add this wonderful neighborhood organization to D3 next Monday!

November 27, 2012:

Thank you Price Charities and Copley YMCA for working with me and the community to bring this incredible project to the people of Mid City.

November 27, 2012:

From the Uptown News: Taking Initiative to Get Things Done. Here's proof that increasing parking supply can be done! Thank you Roy Dahl, the Uptown Partnership and my staff for creating seven new parking spaces on Vermont Street in Hillcrest. Where else can we implement low-cost solutions like this in District Three?

November 27, 2012:

The Human Rights Campaign announced this morning that San Diego earned a perfect score on its Municipal Equality Index. This is the result of decades of work by many in the LGBT community with incredible support from our allies. I'm proud that the entire nation knows that our City stands for equality.

November 26, 2012:

NORTH PARK | Heads up. This Saturday's Toyland Parade route is different than in years past. Make sure you obey street closures and parking prohibitions. Learn more at http://www.toylandparade.com.

November 25, 2012:

Please check out my article in today's U-T San Diego. San Diego is making progress on homelessness, but there's much more to be done. By bringing together the nonprofit, private and public sectors, we can reach our objective of ending homelessness in our city.

November 24, 2012:

I'm doing my part for Small Business Saturday! One of the many benefits of shopping local? No traffic or parking headaches because I walked here.

November 23, 2012:

Black Friday? I prefer Small Business Saturday! Tune in to SanDiego6 this Saturday at 9:15 am. I'll be on air to explain why shopping local is great for consumers, neighborhoods, our city and the environment.

November 23, 2012:

The City's emergency winter shelter opens today for more than 200 men and women. Thank you San Diego Housing Commission and Alpha Project!

November 22, 2012:

Enjoying the holiday with many of my constituents at the annual Scott Carlson Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 22, 2012:

We have much to be thankful for San Diego. Take a moment today to count your blessings and express gratitude to those who give meaning to your life. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2012:

The progress we're making in repairing roads like Boundary Street in North Park is among the many things I'm grateful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving, District Three!

November 20, 2012:

Tune in to KPBS Midday Edition on 89.5FM today at noon. I'll be on air as the Council's Budget Committee Chair to discuss the progress we've made in restoring the City finances and the threats posed to these advances by the State and the voter approved pension measure known as Prop B.

November 20, 2012:

The community came together this morning to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance and those killed because of their gender identity. We raised the transgender flag over Hillcrest to symbolize the importance of this community to San Diego. Learn more at http://www.glaad.org/tags/transgender-day-remembrance.

November 19, 2012:

Want to know more about EDGE2015, the centennial celebration in Balboa Park? Tune in to San Diego 6 Tuesday at 7:50 am. I'll be live discussing this exciting year long event.

November 19, 2012:

Hey Gang, I hope to see all of you tonight for "8 the Play" at the North Park Theatre. Heads up, I am no longer one of the cast members. The director wisely recruited a professional actor for my part! I'll still be there to enjoy what should be an awesome performance and raise money for our legal fight for marriage equality.

November 19, 2012:

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am grateful to United Healthcare for its donation today to fund this year's winter homeless shelter program. This gift will help hundreds San Diegans to get off the streets.

November 17, 2012:

Congratulations to all of our student artists featured in the City's 'Dare to Reuse' competition. This effort to teach the importance of recycling and the environment through art is a great example of how the City is investing in the education of our youth. Learn more: http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/pdf/geninfo/news/2012/DareToReuseNR2012.pdf.

November 17, 2012:

I've said over and over that technology will help attract choice riders to use mass transit. The article, “Reinventing the Wheels” in Time magazine is proof that WiFi access on buses is doing just that. Imagine having this on our buses and trolleys. Let's do it Metropolitan Transit System!

November 16, 2012:

Congratulations to Council President Tony Young on his new position as CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Red Cross. I'm sorry to see Tony leave the Council but am happy for him, the Red Cross, his wife Jacque and their girls. Godspeed my friend!

November 16, 2012:

I joined Mayor Sanders and Councilmember Faulconer this morning to announce the selection of DecoBike for the City's bike sharing partner. We're proposing 1,800 bikes at 180 stations across Downtown, Uptown and the beach communities. I predict that when this program launches in 2013, it will be a huge success. Learn more at http://www.decobike.com/.

November 15, 2012:

We're making progress on the attractions that we'll have for Balboa Park's 2015 centennial. Tonight I unveiled one of them: we're bringing back the electriquettes! Learn more about this fun part of the original 1915 exposition at http://www.retronaut.com/2012/09/the-electriquette-san-diego-1915/.

November 15, 2012:

San Diego economist Lynn Reasner released her economic outlook for 2013 today. She's forecasting GDP growth and new job creation. She cautions that federal sequestration and global tensions warrant concern.

November 14, 2012:

Bidding farewell to the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Committee. It's been an honor to be KenTal's voice at City Hall for the last four years.

November 13, 2012:

Tune in to the Fox 5 Morning Show, Wednesday at 7:20 am. I'll be live on air with details on the progress we're making with plans for Balboa Park's 2015 centennial celebration.

November 13, 2012:

The Todd Squad served lunch and introduced ourselves at a senior center in Downtown today. I look forward to serving these good folks when they join District 3 this December.

November 12, 2012:

Want to know the latest on our plans for the 2015 centennial celebration in Balboa Park? Tune in to KUSI this Tuesday at 6:45am. I'll be live on air with an update.

November 12, 2012:

I joined the Friends of Balboa Park recently to thank the volunteers who give our crown jewel its shine, including December Night's Santa William Swank. Read all about it in the latest edition of the Uptown News.

November 11, 2012:

After 14 months of living in an attic, I'm excited to graduate to a studio apartment in Hillcrest! Thank you D for being the best roommate a redistricted politician could ask for. Don't worry friends with trucks, I've hired pros to do this move.

November 11, 2012:

To all who have worn the uniform and placed themselves in harm's way to defend our nation, thank you for your service. Happy Veterans Day!

November 10, 2012:

Honored to give the keynote speech at tonight's USD Pride anniversary reception. This student group was critical to my development while I was at USD and continues to do great work to create a welcoming environment on campus.

November 9, 2012:

TRANSIT: Conceptual plans for extending the trolley from Old Town to the University City via UCSD were presented to the SANDAG Transportation Committee this morning. Yay for more public transit!

November 9, 2012:

The Council will vote next Tuesday to proceed with construction of the Horton Plaza Improvement Project. When complete in March 2014, it will be a world-class public plaza that all San Diegans can be proud of.

November 8, 2012:

Labor drops opposition to Convention Center expansion. This is a big deal. Thank you to all involved for coming together to ensure that the much needed expansion of our Convention Center will get done. Collaboration like this is the blueprint for how we will keep San Diego moving forward.

November 8, 2012:

This morning I toured Connections Housing, the year round homeless services center under construction in Downtown. When complete this December, it will be a huge step toward ending homelessness in San Diego.

November 7, 2012:

Thank you LGBT 321 for inviting me to guest lecture tonight on San Diego's long history of openly gay elected officials. I'm also grateful for your indulgence while I went on about my totally unrelated favorite subject: road repairs!

November 7, 2012:

San Diego City Council Remains Majority Democrat: This is great news but I must point out that there is no Democratic way to fill a pothole or Republican way to install a stop sign. The Council, under the leadership of Council President Tony Young, will continue to govern in the nonpartisan, results-oriented fashion that has put San Diego back on track.

November 7, 2012:

It is a very good morning.

November 6, 2012:

Haven't returned your mail in ballot yet? You can drop it off at ANY polling site in the county before 8pm tonight and still have your vote counted. This and other FAQs can be found on the Registrar of Voters web site. www.sdvote.com

November 5, 2012:

I’m at the City Heights Area Planning Committee thanking City Heights community leaders for being great partners with me in moving this neighborhood forward. This community transitions from D3 to Council District 9 on December 3rd.

November 5, 2012:

Celebrating arts education with the amazing students at Central Elementary this morning. I watched a dance performance by third graders coordinated by the school and Young Audiences of San Diego, which the City is proud to support.

November 4, 2012:

Me act in a play written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black alongside Richard Dreyfuss, Lance Bass & Bruce Vilanch? Sure. No big deal. (OMG!) http://www.BirchNorthParkTheatre.net/

November 3, 2012:

REMINDER | The Registrar of Voters allows early voting at its Kearny Mesa office today from 8am to 5pm. This is a great option for folks who don't vote by mail and may not have time to vote on Tuesday.

November 2, 2012:

I just read about experimental concrete that patches up cracks by itself. Look out busted concrete streets! Can you imagine how excited I'll be if this ends up working out?

November 1, 2012:

Hitting the red carpet for the opening night of the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Thank you Pacific Arts Movement for bringing this great event to North Park.

November 1, 2012:

Touring the Neil Good Day Center in Downtown. This special place provides basic necessities like showers, bathrooms and mail delivery to homeless San Diegans. Learn more at http://www.alphaproject.org/.

November 1, 2012:

I just read the U-T article, “DeMaio, Filner’s Mail Tally Checked.” You all know I'm too cheap to spend your tax money on self promoting mailers to constituents. Besides, if I need to share something with you, I can do it on Facebook for free!

October 31, 2012:

If there was a holiday made for District Three it's Halloween! Get out there and enjoy it gang. Remember to be safe.

October 31, 2012:

Thank you President Obama and Governor Christie for proving to us that even in these divided times, leaders can set aside politics and do what's right for our country.

October 31, 2012:

Thank you to the Western Slopes Community Association for taking me on a walking tour of your beautiful community. I look forward to you joining District Three on December 3rd!

October 30, 2012:

The richest people in the world are not millionaires...they are volunteers." I'm thanking the volunteers who make our crown jewel work at the Friends of Balboa Park annual luncheon.

October 30, 2012:

Last night I saw "How to Survive A Plague," a documentary on the incredible activism that turned AIDS from a death sentence to a manageable disease. The film is a reminder of how far we've come and a how-to guide on how to create change. It's now playing at Hillcrest Landmark Cinema.

October 29, 2012:

My thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Be strong, stay safe and know that San Diego will be there to help when it's time to recover.

October 29, 2012:

Pleased to join the City Heights community today to celebrate a recent facelift to the Village View apartments on 43rd Street. This $900k project was made possible by the City's CDBG program.

October 29, 2012:

ComicCon announces it will stay in San Diego through 2016. This is great news for our city and proof that San Diego can compete against any city in the world and win!

October 27, 2012:

Thank you to all who attended this morning's Coffee with Your Councilmember at Alchemy in South Park! We covered a ton of topics including parking, tree trimming and bike infrastructure.

October 26, 2012:

Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Tony Young and I announce more hours at our City's branch libraries today during a press conference at the Malcolm X Library in Valencia Park.

October 26, 2012:

As you prepare to cast your vote in the November general election, don't forget to vote online to name the San Diego Zoo's baby panda: www.sandiegozoo.org.

October 25, 2012:

The City now has an official YouTube channel. Check it out, subscribe and share it with others: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCityofSanDiego/featured

October 25, 2012:

I believe in the Downtown Check In Center. 10News featured a report on why I do and how you can help continue the center's vital work of cleaning up our streets and moving the homeless to jobs.

October 25, 2012:

Bill Clinton: "(San Diego is) my exhibit A about why creative cooperation works better than constant conflict."

October 9, 2012:

Happy Birthday to Steve Hill! He is the knower of all things land use and by far the Todd Squad's coolest member. Thanks for all you do for D3 Steve.

October 9, 2012:

The Council approved a community request this morning to create seven new parking spaces on Vermont Street in Hillcrest. This action will bring needed relief to residents and businesses struggling with the lack of parking in Uptown. I expect to take more steps like this one in the months ahead.

October 8, 2012:

I'm grateful that Gov. Brown is taking action to reduce gas prices. The rapid rise in costs hurts every California driver. It also hurts local governments. The City purchases over 5 million gallons of fuel every year to run our fleet of police cars, fire engines and trash trucks. As the City's Budget Chair, it is important that aggressive steps like the Governor's proposal are made quickly

October 7, 2012:

Okay gang, if you are not registered to vote, now's the time. The election is less than a month away. Registering is easy and you can even do it online. No excuses, just do it. http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/Eindex.shtml.

October 6, 2012:

One Saturday workday, 14 hours long, six events attended, 58 miles driven, five speeches delivered, three proclamations made, three chickens fed and one dog kissed. I think D3 got its money worth today!

October 6, 2012:

TODAY Financial Planning Day Workshop in Downtown, 8th Annual Fil-Am Fest in Paradise Hills, Youth Empowerment Summit in North Park, Talmadge Block Party & San Diego LGBT Community Center 39th Anniversary Gala. Join me at one or all!

October 5, 2012:

San Dieg0's skyline has a new star! I'm with my community celebrating the topping out of the new central library's iconic dome. The library will open next summer.

October 3, 2012:

Today we announced the theme for Balboa Park's centennial celebration: EDGE2015. The motto is "Another Day/Another Discovery." Mark your calendars. 2015 is going to be amazing!

October 3, 2012:

The Homeless Check-In Center has made a significant difference in the lives of the homeless and has helped clean up our neighborhood streets and sidewalks. I'm donating to keep this service going and hope you will too.

October 3, 2012:

It's funny how my job and my life intersect. Little did I know when my urban agriculture ordinance became law back in February that I'd be babysitting my vacationing friends' chickens come October. Hooray for urban farming!

October 2, 2012:

Today the Council took action to make San Diego the city with the most public electric vehicle charging stations in the United States.

October 2, 2012:

NORTH PARK | Want to suggest infrastructure projects the City should fund in the coming year? Check out www.northparkplanning.org and weigh in! This is a part of my effort to increase citizen participation in our budget process.

October 2, 2012:

Fairmount Avenue is extra smooth after a recent resurfacing. I love bringing infrastructure improvements to my beloved City Heights!

October 1, 2012:

This afternoon the Council voted to approve the financing plan and environmental document for the Convention Center Phase III Expansion. The project will create thousands of jobs, improve public access to our bay, and keep or attract lucrative conventions like ComicCon to our city. There are still some hurdles ahead but we hope to complete construction in 2016.

October 1, 2012:

Testifying before the Assembly Select Committee on Trade, Tourism and Job Creation on how pending radical federal budget cuts known as sequestration will harm City finances, the regional economy and jobs.

September 30, 2012:

From 10 News: "City Ended Fiscal Year with $43.6M Surplus." As the City's Budget Chairman, I'm pleased to share this news with you. Thanks to collaboration between the Mayor, Council and City employees we have come a long way in restoring our finances. You can count on me to make certain we maintain this fiscal discipline going forward.

September 30, 2012:

I'm at AIDS Walk reminding folks that two of the most important days in our fight against HIV/AIDS is today and Election Day. Vote November 6th!

September 29, 2012:

Working my booth at the Adams Avenue Street Fair. Downside: Standing on black top during a heat wave. Upside: It's fresh blacktop.

September 28, 2012:

This Sunday is AIDS Walk San Diego in Balboa Park. I'm walking for every San Diegan living with HIV/AIDS. Who will YOU be walking for? Learn more at http://www.aidswalksd.org/.

September 28, 2012:

Downtown is where we can experiment with new concepts that attract commerce and improve the quality of life for residents. Here's an idea for the C Street corridor that might work: sdaedistrict.com. What do you think?

September 27, 2012:

Congratulating San Diego Housing Commission CEO Rick Gentry on his 40 years of leadership in affordable housing. To honor this milestone, we've declared it to be Rick Gentry Day in the City of San Diego. Learn more about Rick at http://sdhc.org/About/Executive-Team-and-VPs/About/Executive-Team-and-VPs/Richard-Gentry/.

September 27, 2012:

Ever wonder how the City chooses which infrastructure projects to build? Want to know how you can influence those decisions? Check out this new Citizens Guide to the Capital Improvements Program http://www.sandiego.gov/iba/pdf/guidefullversion.pdf

September 26, 2012:

BORING BUT IMPORTANT | City reserves were at 3.8% in 2007. Today they are at 13.3%. Proof that our fiscal discipline is working http://www.sandiego.gov/iba/pdf/reports/2012/12_37.pdf

September 25, 2012:

Wishing all those observing Yom Kippur an easy fast!

September 25, 2012:

"True it is that politics makes strange bedfellows." - Charles Dudley Warner, 1850.

September 25, 2012:

Pleased to join my colleague Marti Emerald and local leaders as she declared Women's Equality Day in San Diego in recognition of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.

September 25, 2012:

Today is National Voter Registration Day (www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org). Are you registered to vote? Have you moved recently? Please register today. Your country, state and city need you.

September 25, 2012:

Tune in to San Diego 6 in the Morning. I'll be on air at 7:20 am to discuss the latest from City Hall, including how the pension reform sold to voters last June is actually increasing our pension bill and turning projected budget surpluses into deficits.

September 24, 2012:

Great turnout from across the city at tonight's Utility Undergrounding Workshop. We're discussing how to improve community input and limit box blight.

September 24, 2012:

Our open space land is precious. Converting it to an industrial use should be prevented if at all possible. That is why I voted today to oppose locating a power plant next to Mission Trails Regional Park. The proposal was unanimously rejected by the City Council.

September 23, 2012:

REMINDER | Join me for a dialogue with the utility companies on how we can improve the undergrounding process to reduce the visual blight of utility boxes. Monday, September 24, 6:00-8:30 pm, Balboa Park Club.

September 22, 2012:

Welcoming folks to the first Entrepreneur Day in East Village. My message was simple: San Diego is open for business!

September 22, 2012:

It's a great day to be indigenous! Celebrating with the community at 18th annual Pacific Islander Festival.

September 22, 2012:

Today's U-T San Diego includes an update on the construction of San Diego's homeless services center called Connections Housing. When it opens this January, it will be a testament to our City's commitment to aggressively addressing homelessness in Downtown.

September 21, 2012:

ICYMI | Bill Clinton explains to Jon Stewart how private/public/NGO collaboration made San Diego the center of human genome research that is both saving lives and stimulating the economy. An awesome shout out for our city from the former president.

September 21, 2012:

Park(ing) Day features a makeshift parklet in front of Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park.

September 21, 2012:

Holy skinny black jeans! Forbes Magazine names North Park one of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods. Of course all of us have loved North Park long before it was cool.

September 20, 2012:

Celebrating 3.3 acres of new park space on the Downtown waterfront at the opening of Ruocco Park with the Port of San Diego, San Diego Foundation and the Ruocco family.

September 19, 2012:

Today I joined the community to celebrate the recently resurfaced basketball courts at the Golden Hill Recreation Center. Repairs to this heavily used neighborhood park were funded using savings from my office budget.

September 18, 2012:

After nearly four years of hard work, the Council adopted my Abandoned Properties Ordinance tonight. It will better protect neighborhoods from blight. Delivering legislative victories to my constituents like this are what make this job so awesome. Thank you District Three for the opportunity to serve you and San Diego!

September 17, 2012:

Tune into KPBS Midday today at noon and KPBS Evening Edition tonight at 6:30. I'll be on air discussing my recent trip to Washington, DC to promote Balboa Park 2015, extend the Trolley to UCSD and combat homelessness.

September 17, 2012:

I will join Mayor Sanders this morning to announce our plan to bring bike sharing to San Diego. This is so exciting!

September 16, 2012:

Wishing all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah a healthy and happy new year. L'Shanah Tovah!

September 15, 2012:

Great Coffee with Your Councilmember this morning in North Park. We debuted Walk San Diego's mobile app BestWALK and covered a host of mobility issues. Thank you Caffe Calabria for hosting us!

September 14, 2012:

Progress continues on a $500K facelift for North Park Community Park. Work has begun on replacing damaged sidewalks along Idaho Street. When complete later this year, the park will be renewed for continued use by North Park residents and ALBA School students.

September 13, 2012:

Congratulations to my colleague Sherri Lightner on the unanimous adoption by the City Council today of her resolution to support our military and to ask Washington to find a bipartisan solution that will prevent the massive cuts to defense spending that support one out of four jobs in San Diego. Great leadership Sherri!

September 12, 2012:

Another thing we need in San Diego that I've seen on this trip: pay by phone parking meters. Our parking district contractors must adopt these kinds of innovations if they want ongoing support from the public and this Councilmember.

September 12, 2012:

From U-T San Diego, “Man Arrested in Series of Overnight Fires.” Thank you to our public safety professionals for limiting the damage of these arson fires and for swiftly apprehending a suspect. My team is in close contact with SDFD and SDPD. We will pass along information as it becomes available.

September 12, 2012:

Lunch with Congresswoman Susan Davis. She's sharing her thoughts with our group including how San Diego can lead the country in the innovation economy.

September 12, 2012:

Meeting with San Diego's Congressional Delegation on a host of topics including defense, border, technology and tourism.

September 11, 2012:

Leading a series of meetings focused on homelessness and how our federal partners can assist San Diego's initiatives to tackle this important problem.

September 11, 2012:

Walking along busy Pennsylvania Avenue in Downtown Washington, DC this afternoon and realizing I would love to see more urban tree canopies in San Diego.

September 11, 2012:

Visiting my old stomping grounds to see our Congresswoman and the rest of Team Davis. San Diego is fortunate to have Susan serve as our voice in DC.

September 11, 2012:

Time cannot dim the memories of that awful day, the thousands of lives lost and the countless acts of heroism by ordinary Americans. Let us honor all who died through service to our community and by renewing our nation's collective promise to never forget.

September 10, 2012:

I just finished a great meeting with leaders of the Smithsonian Institution on ways we can partner with them on Balboa Park's centennial celebration. 2015 is going to be awesome!

September 10, 2012:

With regional transportation leaders to advocate for extending the Trolley and expanding BRT in San Diego.

September 10, 2012:

Briefing on the Defense Department's budget which is a significant part of our regional economy and employs one in four San Diegans.

September 9, 2012:

I've been in Washington for a couple of hours and already saw something we must have back home: bike sharing. Stay tuned!

September 9, 2012:

Traveling to Washington, DC for a few days to advocate for the San Diego region. Transit, homelessness and Balboa Park are among the issues I hope to make progress on while in our nation's capitol.

September 8, 2012:

San Diegans came together today to for a memorial stair climb in honor of first responders who died on September 11th. Proceeds from the event support FirefighterAid. Learn more at http://www.sdfra.org/

September 7, 2012:

Earlier this year I traveled to Sacramento to testify in support of Senator Kehoe's SB 1169 which would preserve 10,000 acres of canyons in San Diego. I was pleased to hear that Governor Brown signed SB 1169 into law today. This is great news for all of us who love our urban canyons!

September 6, 2012:

In just four months, San Diego has gone from no bike corrals to three (all of them are in D3). Today we dedicated the third in North Park in front of The Linkery and unveiled a plan for bike-friendly business districts.

September 5, 2012:

My team and I are focused on turning rough streets into smooth ones. Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest was recently completed. I will not stop until all of our infrastructure is repaired.

September 5, 2012:

On KPBS: “San Diego Zoo Parking Lot Goes Solar.” I applaud the San Diego Zoo's investment in solar energy generation and its leadership in conservation. This is a step toward my goal of bringing Balboa Park into environmental balance by 2015.

September 4, 2012:

Thank you to everyone who organized this weekend's Diving for Being Alive. This very fun event helped raise much needed funds for Being Alive, one of our local HIV/AIDS service providers. Let's do it again next year!

September 3, 2012:

San Diego's talented workforce is our most precious asset. Workers are the key to strengthening our economy and creating prosperity. Happy Labor Day!

September 2, 2012:

Join me today in Balboa Park's Organ Pavillion to support our Civic Organist. She is performing a record setting 12-hour concert today to raise funds for Operation Rebound, a nonprofit that supports our wounded veterans.

September 1, 2012:

A must-see video of our beautiful city and the things that make us proud to be San Diegans. Check it out and take pride in how District Three is so prominently featured! http://vimeo.com/48502577?action=share

August 30, 2012:

Yesterday the President called for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that created super PACs and sparked the unprecedented flow of special interest money that is dominating this election. I share his view and said so last month.

August 29, 2012:

On KPBS: “What City Councilmembers Are Doing On Their Summer Break.” KPBS reports that I enjoy cleaning. It's true! I like to think that having a Councilmember that's obsessively tidy works to District Three's benefit.

August 25, 2012:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," - Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

August 24, 2012:

An extreme makeover for Georgia Street. I think you'll approve.

August 20, 2012:

From U-T San Diego: “City Triples Pace on Paving Streets.” Comprehensive article on our efforts to increase road repairs in the city. Answers lots of common questions I get, quotes some happy D3ers and lays out why we need to do more.

August 19, 2012:

Pleased to join the First Unitarian Universalist Church today for the dedication of its new Welcome Center in Hillcrest. Congratulations to this open and affirming congregation that is a wonderful part of our community.

August 18, 2012:

Thank you to Guys Like Us for presenting me with an award for my support of San Diego's efforts to combat HIV/AIDS at their summer fundraiser today. Help this awesome group of Asian Pacific Islander men meet their goal of raising $15K by donating to their AIDS Walk page at http://events.thecentersd.org/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=2243&pg=team&fr_id=1050.

August 18, 2012:

Talmadge residents and I came together to christen 201 new historic acorn-style streetlights in their neighborhood. This important project was possible because of the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District.

August 18, 2012:

America is taking the craft brewing world by storm with San Diego (and D3!) at the forefront. Check out this article featuring a pretty awesome picture of me and Mayor Sanders, “America’s Brewing Revolution Goes Global” on GlobalTradeMag.com.

August 17, 2012:

Wilson Phillips at the Summer Pops. Don't hate, I wasn't the only one singing "Hold On" into a hairbrush in my bedroom in 1991.

August 17, 2012:

Starting this Monday, a free commuter shuttle will begin to serve the neighborhood while MTS upgrades the area's Trolley stations. Check out this link to learn more: http://www.littleitalysd.com/about/little-italy-parking-district/.

August 17, 2012:

Thank you to A Better San Diego for hosting this morning's discussion of Proposition 32.

August 16, 2012:

From U-T San Diego: “Taking Steps to Make Sure Dancing Lives On.” A North Park institution, a 72-year old force of nature and a San Diego treasure. Congratulations Miss Vernetta on the 50th anniversary of your dance studio! So proud to have you and your energy in District Three.

August 15, 2012:

One of the organizers of the event that led to the vandalism of Balboa Park's Lily Pond has come forward. I hope the others will follow his lead, take responsibility, make this right and let us all move on.

August 15, 2012:

Join me and FirefigherAid for the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on September 8th at the Hilton Bayfront. We'll climb 110 floors in memory of fallen first responders and to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Check out this link to learn how you can get involved: www.sdfra.org.

August 15, 2012:

WSJ reports on the growing interest in restoring streetcars in American cities seeking to revitalizing commercial corridors. Yes, please!

August 14, 2012:

Thank you to our amazing City workers who are swiftly repairing our beloved Lily Pond. While their work on this special project is appreciated, keep in mind that these folks keep Balboa Park looking magnificent 365 days a year.

August 14, 2012:

In today’s U-T San Diego: “New Trolley Routes Coming Next Month.” Massive investments in our Trolley are helping modernize the system, reduce travel times, expand routes and increase service. Great news as we work to give San Diegans more choices for their commutes.

August 13, 2012:

I will appear live on San Diego 6 at 6:45 am and Fox 5 at 7:10 am on Tuesday to discuss the latest on the investigation of the vandalism of the Balboa Park Lily Pond. Please tune in.

August 13, 2012:

Those who destroyed the Lily Pond will be held responsible for this mess. If you want to help fund the repairs, you can donate with confidence via the Friends of Balboa Park: www.friendsofbalboapark.org.

August 13, 2012:

The Uptown Community Parking District election is tonight, Monday, August 13 at 5:00pm in the Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Come to the meeting and cast your vote for your neighborhood representatives. See link for more details: www.parkuptownsd.org.

August 12, 2012:

Listening to my constituents at the always fun Hillcrest CityFest!

August 12, 2012:

Inspecting the vandalism done last night to our beloved lily pond. Police are investigating. Thank you City staff for quickly cleaning up the mess. Those responsible will be held accountable.

August 11, 2012:

Chatting with Guapo, one of my feathered constituents, today at the Fairmount Park Neighborhood Block Party. As his name suggests, this is a beautiful corner of City Heights.

August 9, 2012:

The heat wave is straining our electricity grid. All are encouraged to reduce energy use between 11am and 6pm through Sunday. I encourage folks to check on neighbors and be mindful of pets as well.

August 9, 2012:

Congratulations to our Assemblymember Toni Atkins on your appointment as Majority Floor Leader! This is huge news. Thank you to Speaker Perez for confirming what we in San Diego already know - Toni is an exceptional leader and public servant.

August 8, 2012:

Nothing makes me see red like the Yellow Pages on my doorstep! Opt out of getting phone books by visiting https://mydirectories.yp.com/.

August 7, 2012:

Tune in to SanDiego6 this Wednesday around 7:30 am. I'll be live in studio to discuss the latest hot topics at City Hall.

August 7, 2012:

A great National Night Out Against Crime event in City Heights tonight. I joined residents to celebrate the progress we've made reducing crime and making the neighborhood safe.

August 7, 2012:

Neighbors turned out in force for National Night Out Against Crime in North Park.

August 7, 2012:

Tonight is National Night Out Against Crime. Join me today at one of the many NNOAC events in District Three or learn more about preventing crime by checking out these tips from the San Diego Police Department: http://www.sandiego.gov/police/services/prevention/tips/index.shtml.

August 6, 2012:

Remembering SDPD Officer Jeremy Henwood on the first anniversary of his death in the line of duty. A hero in life, his final act of organ donation saved two lives. I encourage all San Diegans to follow Jeremy's example by becoming an organ donor: http://register.donatelifecalifornia.org/OfficerHenwood.

August 3, 2012:

Pleased to join School Board Member Richard Barrera and community leaders today to break ground on a $500K face lift to the North Park Community Park.

August 3, 2012:

Huge turnout for tonight's final summer concert in University Heights! Thank you UHCDC and event sponsors for putting on this cherished annual series.

August 3, 2012:

Congratulations to my colleague Kevin Faulconer and the Mission Hills community on the opening of the West Lewis Mini Park this morning!

August 2, 2012:

The environment is important to District Three. I am proud to have earned the City Council's top grade on this year's Environmental Quality Report Card. I will continue to work with environmental leaders to protect our natural resources and promote sustainability in San Diego. Learn more at http://lcvsd.org/PdfsDocs/2011_EQRC.pdf.

August 1, 2012:

Remove one sign and create 17 parking spaces for residents on Idaho Street in North Park at next to no cost. I want to see more aggressive, low cost solutions like this provide relief to our parking impacted neighborhoods. Thank you to Anthony Bernal of the Todd Squad for getting this done!

August 1, 2012:

With 30.5 million riders carried in 2010, the Journal of Public Transportation gives San Diego Trolley the top score for U.S. light rail systems. Imagine the score we'll get when (NOT IF!) we expand light rail service to UCSD, the beaches, airport & Mid City. Check out “Can Light Rail Carry a City’s Transit System?” on http://www.theatlanticcities.com.

July 31, 2012:

The iconic dome on San Diego's new central library is nearly done. When the building opens next summer it will be testament to our city's embrace of education, technology and culture.

July 31, 2012:

We just commemorated the progress we’ve made on affordable housing since the City Council held Housing Day on August 6, 2002. There’s more work to do!

July 29, 2012:

Go Bai Yun! More proof that all of the world's coolest things are created in District Three.

July 29, 2012:

I just read “Changing face of homeless demands diverse solutions” in the U-T San Diego. The head of Father Joe’s Villages comments on San Diego’s homeless problem and how the City Council is showing leadership to address it.

July 28, 2012:

I spent this afternoon with my constituents on Alabama Street at a barbecue to celebrate the recent installation of traffic calming measures on their North Park street. Hooray for smooth AND safe streets!

July 28, 2012:

AIDS Walk is about two months away. Are you signed up? Please consider participating in this important community event that raises funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations in San Diego. Join a team or start your own! Events.thecentersd.org

July 27, 2012:

Thanking Uptown Faith Community Services tonight for its decades of work on behalf of our city's homeless.

July 27, 2012:

Google will move 3,000 high-tech jobs from suburbs to downtown Chicago. This is a major statement on the bright future of urban centers and should challenge us to consider who can we bring to Downtown San Diego.

July 26, 2012:

Tonight I visited the Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association. This is another great area being added to District Three in December.

July 26, 2012:

From the article, ”Tourism Marketing District renewal plan to be presented to full Council:” "The TMD is a very important asset to our city. The tourism industry is the third-largest revenue generator for our local economy and a key employment sector," said Councilman Todd Gloria.

July 26, 2012:

Check out the new mural on the side of Crest Cafe in Hillcrest. It is big, bold and beautiful - just like District Three! Thank you to Crest Cafe's owner Cecelia Raquel Moreno and artist Cody Griffith for this gift of public art.

July 25, 2012:

I welcomed Little Italy to District Three at tonight's State of the Neighborhood dinner. I'm looking forward to serving this dynamic community starting this December.

July 25, 2012:

The recently resurfaced 28th Street in Golden Hill is now *almost* as beautiful as the homes on this block!

July 25, 2012:

I just read the Eden is going to close. Eden revitalized an important corner in Hillcrest, created jobs and economic activity and gave back to the neighborhood through support of many community projects. This is sad news, but the fact that its location is already being eyed by a new tenant shows that District Three remains the place people want to be.

July 25, 2012:

From the U-T San Diego’s story, “County, City Back Open Meeting Rules”: "This is a no-brainer,” said Councilman Todd Gloria, who co-authored the resolution with council members David Alvarez and Marti Emerald. “It’s good for the public, it’s good for the council and it’s good for building confidence in government.”

July 24, 2012:

Council Approves Transitional Housing Facility for Returning Veterans

July 24, 2012:

City Council Passes Measure to Continue Compliance with the Brown Act

July 24, 2012:

How dedicated are the public servants who work for the City of San Diego? Meet Bill Whittaker. He's worked for the City's Park & Recreation Department for 66 years, most of it in District Three. Check out the story from the U-T San Diego.

July 23, 2012:

From NBC San Diego’s story, “Temporary Homeless Shelter Approved for Barrio Logan”: “The fact that it was done without the drama seen in past years is a welcome improvement and a testament the new tone we're setting at City Hall,” Councilmember Gloria said.

July 23, 2012:

Congratulations to Seema Sueko and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company on this outstanding achievement! This organization is making valuable contributions to the vibrancy of San Diego's arts and culture scene.

July 20, 2012:

I joined Mayor Sanders and Councilmember Zapf today to announce that City landfill workers have won the latest managed competition, saving taxpayers $2.7 million annually. More proof that when it comes to delivering high quality public services efficiently, no one does it better than our city employees.

July 19, 2012:

Humbled to receive the John Torres Champion of Labor Award this evening for my support of workers. Many thanks to the Municipal Employees Association for this high honor and for all they do every day to make our city work!

July 19, 2012:

Today the MTS Board of Directors accepted a report on the feasibilty of providing streetcar service to Balboa Park. Long story short, like anything worth doing, it will be hard but it CAN be done! Details at http://twitdoc.com/view.asp?id=58004&sid=18R8&ext=PPTX&lcl=JULY19-12-45-STREETCAR-DDESMOND.pptx&usr=ToddGloria&doc=100539101&key=key-1gpqd46tf85cij51qapb.

July 19, 2012:

Happy Birthday to Venessa Jackson, the best Executive Assistant a Councilmember could ever have. District Three loves you, Mz 'Ness!

July 18, 2012:

As the City's finances recover, we must continue the work of restoring critical City services like public safety. Today's committee hearing was the start of implementing a multi-year plan to rebuild our police department.

July 18, 2012:

I visited the New Roots Community Farm in City Heights today to accept new rain barrels to help irrigate the community garden. The barrels were donated by Honeywell as a part of its Green Boot Camp program. Learn more at http://www.honeywellinteract.com/greenbootcamp/.

July 17, 2012:

Today the Council declared July to be LGBT Pride Month in the City of San Diego. So it's official: go have some fun this weekend!

July 17, 2012:

This morning I went on a walking tour with Little Italy residents opposed to a bus yard proposed in their neighborhood. I share their concerns and hope to work with SANDAG to find a reasonable solution that balances regional transporation needs with neighborhood quality of life. Learn more at http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?projectid=402&fuseaction=projects.detail.

July 16, 2012:

Heads up everyone. The City Council offices have been temporarily relocated to City Hall's 4th floor while the 10th floor is retrofitted to accommodate the District 9 office. If you need to visit my office, please note this change. All of my contact information remains the same.

July 16, 2012:

NOTED: The estimated economic impact, in dollars, of Comic-Con on the city of San Diego each year? $180 million.

July 15, 2012:

BORING BUT IMPORTANT: In today’s U-T San Diego story about how the City avoided bankruptcy: "San Diego was once a poster child for all that’s wrong with public employee pensions but has now emerged as a model for other jurisdictions on how to fix the problem."

July 14, 2012:

Congratulations to the Todd Squad's Dion Akers and his beautiful bride Alix! All of District Three wishes you a lifetime of happiness together.

July 14, 2012:

Proud to watch San Diego come together to truly support our troops at this weekend's Stand Down for homeless veterans.

July 14, 2012:

Our veterans are our heroes and none of them should be homeless after their honorable service to our nation. Thank you to Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)) for organizing this weekend's Stand Down and for caring for our veterans year round.

July 13, 2012:

Congratulations to UCSD on receiving the Human Rights Campaign's top score on its LGBT healthcare equality index. Thank you for making your high quality care culturally competent as well!

July 12, 2012:

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Hillcrest Pride Flag pole is in place! Join the community and me on Friday, July 20 at 6pm for the flag raising and Spirit of Stonewall Rally that will mark the start of Pride weekend in San Diego.

July 11, 2012:

I'm having fun at the launch of the third annual Gam3rCon in Downtown. A great event celebrating video games and interactive entertainment. It runs through Sunday. Check it out!

July 11, 2012:

Tune in to SanDiego6 this morning at 6:50. I'll be in studio previewing today's oversight hearing on community parking districts. My committee is seeking to increase parking, bicycle and pedestrian options in our neighborhoods.

July 10, 2012:

Today's interview with KPBS on the reclaiming the heart of Balboa Park for people not cars is now available online. Check it out.

July 9, 2012:

I presented the Police Department with two new bicycles this morning for RSVP volunteers who patrol Balboa Park. The bikes were purchased with savings from my office budget. They'll be used to help improve safety in the park.

July 8, 2012:

Doing my homework at Balboa Park.

July 5, 2012:

I enjoyed chatting with the East Village Association tonight. It’s a great group that I look forward to adding to District Three this December.

July 5, 2012:

With the recently restored neon sign and a freshly slurried street, Adams Avenue has never looked better! You're making District Three proud, Normal Heights.

July 5, 2012:

Re: Fireworks Show Botched in the Bay: Alright Big Bay Boom, you're on notice, this is not allowed to happen after Downtown is added to District Three.

July 4, 2012:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

July 3, 2012:

My parents are celebrating 37 years of marriage today. Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad! Thanks for being terrific role models of love, family and commitment.

July 3, 2012:

Check out the proposed design of the City Heights Mini Park that is undergoing community review. Planned for Central Avenue between Landis & Dwight, it features play lots, green space and a skate park. Tell me what you think and learn more about the grassroots effort to get a skate park for Mid City youth on SpeakCityHeights.org.

July 2, 2012:

Check out the new interactive public art at University & Richmond in Hillcrest. This is *so* District 3!

July 2, 2012:

Okay iPhone users, here's an app that lets you report potholes and other issues directly to City repair crews. Help me continue the work of making our streets sexy, download this free app from iTunes today.

July 1, 2012:

Never been to a community concert in North Park? You're missing Mayberry in the Mid City.

July 1, 2012:

Congratulations to all of today's Young Professionals Council graduates! It's heartening to see the next generation of leaders come forward.

July 1, 2012:

Just learned that Brians’ eatery is closing. This is very disappointing news. My waistline may breathe a sigh of relief but my heart breaks. Thanks for a lot of great memories, Brians’!

June 30, 2012:

Tonight I presented Lynn Elliott with a proclamation for the many years she's spent organizing the North Park summer concert series. Thanks to Lynn and others this beloved event creates a small town feel in the middle of our very big city.

June 30, 2012:

Good turnout at today's Neighborhood Beat CPR training in Hillcrest. Thank you Councilmember Emerald, Fire-Rescue Department and Rural Metro for sponsoring the event.

June 29, 2012:

Check out the story on KPBS: YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours for Muslim Women. I am a strong supporter of the YMCA's tailoring its programs to serve my City Heights constituents. This story explains how the Y is meeting the unique recreational needs of Muslim women in our City. Efforts like these should be applauded.

June 28, 2012:

On the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act: "It means that thousands in our city and 30 million Americans currently without access to health care will soon have it," Councilmember Todd Gloria said. "Improving San Diegans' quality of life is my priority and I believe health care reform is a big step to ensuring such progress."

June 28, 2012:

I was proud to join the community to dedicate CityScene, a new 31-unit affordable housing project for families in North Park.

June 27, 2012:

Jump off a pier to raise money for kids? Sure I will! Come down to the OB Pier today at 2pm to see if I sink or swim. Support me and this great cause by donating online: www.sdjgfoundation.org.

June 26, 2012:

In the LA Times’ article, “San Diego Council Delays Decision on VA Center”: "It is unfair to equate veterans with violence. Our veterans are not criminals. Veterans are not people to be shunned but people to be welcomed home."

June 26, 2012:

Congratulations to our neighbors on Alabama Street in North Park! They led a grassroots effort to get road humps installed on their street to calm traffic. My office assisted them through the process and provided funding for construction. I'm pleased to report that the humps were installed today.

June 25, 2012:

Kudos to my colleague Sherri Lightner for achieving this win for her district and San Diego's environment: Plug Pulled on San Diego Power Plant (KPBS story).

June 25, 2012:

Two years ago, the City Council passed a resolution condemning Arizona's SB 1070. Today the Supreme Court agreed and struck down much of the law. I was proud to stand with local law enforcement, faith leaders, the ACLU and others this morning to condemn the "show us your papers" provision that was upheld by the Court.

June 20, 2012:

Thanks to my colleagues Tony Young and Sherri Lightner, more San Diego youth will have a shot at finding a job this summer. I participated in Hire-A-Youth when I was a kid and know that this is a wise investment for the City. Good work Tony and Sherri!

June 19, 2012:

The Council declared today to be Snigdha Nandipati Day in the City of San Diego in honor of her winning the National Spelling Bee. Congratulations Snigdha! You make your hometown proud.

June 19, 2012:

I hung out with the City work crew who was painting the new head-in parking spaces on Kansas Street. The finished product: 37 new parking spaces, a net gain of 16 spaces for this parking constrained corner of North Park. This project was brought to you by the City of San Diego in partnership with the Mid City Parking District and The Boulevard BID.

June 19, 2012:

Today is an important day in our country's history and an opportunity to recommit to the bedrock American principle that all are created equal. Happy Juneteenth!

June 18, 2012:

I had a great time tonight at my first Bankers Hill Residents meeting. Lots of great questions covering the City's budget, traffic calming, pensions and the Plaza de Panama. Thanks to all who attended!

June 18, 2012:

Today the Council ratified contracts with all of our City workers that provide no pay increases and continues previous compensation reductions. These actions were agreed to via collective bargaining with our unions. Thank you to all of our employees for their sacrifices that are helping us control costs and strengthen City finances.

June 18, 2012:

Today I joined Mayor Jerry Sanders and Council President Tony Young to open an exhibit on Filipino culture in the lobby of City Hall. The display is courtesy of the City's Filipino-American Employee Association and will be up for two weeks. Check it out!

June 17, 2012:

My brother and I are celebrating Father's Day with our Dad. He has the worst hair but the best heart. Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there, regardless of their hairstyle. :-)

June 17, 2012:

Congratulations to Hillcrest Brewing Co! Proud to have the world's first gay brewery in District Three. Another step toward the LGBT thematic district that I'd like to establish in Hillcrest.

June 16, 2012:

Listening to my constituents at the Old House Fair.

June 15, 2012:

Checking out Mo'olelo's latest play Hoodoo Love.

June 15, 2012:

Congratulations to Babycakes on your new Balboa Park location! I'm excited to have your help in energizing the Morley Field corner of our City's crown jewel.

June 15, 2012:

Limited public resources should be focused on those who pose a threat to our nation, not children. Kudos to the President for taking this sensible step to reform our immigration system.

June 14, 2012:

KPBS's Evening Edition had me on to discuss homelessness, the City's winter shelter program and the permanent, year-round shelter that is under construction.

June 14, 2012:

Our city is blessed with beautiful beaches and every San Diegan should have access to them. I was proud to stand with Sherri Lightner and Kevin Faulconer today to unveil three new beach wheelchairs that will give residents with disabilties the chance to enjoy our City's shores.

June 12, 2012:

Cheering on North Park Little League's Ravens who are competing in tonight's Tournament of Champions. Go Ravens!

June 12, 2012:

I'm proud to have led our Council yesterday to reject new fees for access to public records. This was a win for open government and preserving the public's right to know.

June 12, 2012:

Celebrating the 114th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence with Council President Young and our Filipino American Employee Association members.

June 11, 2012:

The Council voted to approve the City's FY13 budget today. The proposed budget is balanced, fully funds our reserves, makes our full pension payment, continues to ramp up road repairs and increases neighborhood services like library hours for the first time in years. San Diego has come a long way and every citizen can take pride in this progress.

June 11, 2012:

I welcomed Danijel Marusic, a visiting Croatian elected official, to San Diego this morning. We discussed Croatia's maturing democracy. I presented Mr. Marusic with this book on Balboa Park and invited him back for the park's centennial in 2015.

June 10, 2012:

Congratulating Pastor Wayne Riggs on the 100th birthday of Plymouth Congregational Church. This church is an important part of North Park and has always been a voice for social justice in San Diego.

June 9, 2012:

Check out “’Civic San Diego’ proposed as new redevelopment agency” from the U-T San Diego. Although redevelopment is gone, there is still a lot of revitalization work needed in our neighborhoods. I'm glad this is coming forward and will insist that its focus be on infrastructure, affordable housing and job creation

June 9, 2012:

Today I teamed up with Community HousingWorks and hundreds of volunteers for our biannual spruce up a block in City Heights. Learn more at www.chworks.org

June 8, 2012:

My bill to make it easier to establish community gardens in our city is working! Read about the opening of a new garden in North Park in this week's Uptown News.

June 6, 2012:

Thank you District Three for your trust and for the honor of serving you for four more years!

June 4, 2012:

Today I paid a visit to the Third Avenue Charitable Organization to serve a meal and talk one on one with some of our city's homeless. It was an eye opening visit that renewed my commitment to tackling homeless issues in San Diego.

June 4, 2012:

GOOD NEWS: Starting today every City branch library is now open on Mondays. This is a result of the City's improving fiscal health. The Mayor and Council intend to add even more library hours in the new fiscal year.

June 4, 2012:

Lots of road repairs scheduled this week in District Three. Please mind parking notices. I know they're tough in our parking impacted neighborhoods but it's short term pain for long term gain.

June 3, 2012:

"In New York, Neglected Trees Prove Deadly": An interesting NYT article on how skimping on tree maintenance can end up being costly for cities. This is why I am seeking to increase this line item in San Diego's FY13 budget.

June 2, 2012:

Introducing folk singer Colin Clyne at one of the many Art Around Adams performance spaces. I'm proud that D3 is the heart of San Diego's arts & culture community.

June 1, 2012:

Back to the future. I’m rallying to restore streetcars in San Diego at Trolley Barn Park! This transportation option is key to preserving our quality of life and stimulating our economy. Learn more at www.sandiegohistoricstreetcars.org.

June 1, 2012:

More progress in District Three: San Diego's second bike corral is now under construction in front of The Linkery in North Park.

May 31, 2012:

Congratulations Sea Rocket Bistro on your fourth anniversary! Thank you for all you do for North Park.

May 31, 2012:

I joined the Altadena corner of North Park, SDG&E and Urban Corps to plant trees in the neighborhood's new community garden.

May 30, 2012:

Join me and some of our North Park neighbors tomorrow for a tree planting event in the Altadena community.

May 30, 2012:

I had a fun dialogue on local government with San Diego High School students. These kids gave me great confidence that our city's future is bright.

May 29, 2012:

Celebrating San Diego's restaurant community at the Gold Medallion Awards. Congratulations to District Three's Ken Irvine of Bleu Boheme on being named Restaurateur of the Year!

May 29, 2012:

I paid a visit to Just in Time for Foster Youth in Old Town this morning. This nonprofit is doing great work with our community's foster kids. Learn more at www.jitfosteryouth.org.

May 28, 2012:

Honoring our nation's war dead at a Memorial Day ceremony at our municipal cemetery.

May 28, 2012:

Thank you to Kensington for putting on today's Memorial Day Parade and giving the community an opportunity to come together to observe this national holiday.

May 28, 2012:

Remembering those who sacrificed everything so we could be free.

May 26, 2012:

Chatting with my constituents at Coffee with Your Councilmember. Thanks to all who dropped by!

May 25, 2012:

At the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. San Diego should be proud of the number of LGBT citizens it has elected to public office.

May 24, 2012:

CityBeat’s story, "Hotel Metro: ‘Very, very depressing’" is a sobering look at how some of our City's poorest residents live and more confirmation that ending redevelopment will hurt them the most.

May 24, 2012:

You can imagine the smile on my face when I saw a portion of Fourth Avenue being paved earlier today in District Three.

May 22, 2012:

At today’s release of the May Revise: "We are in a good place, one that is not enjoyed by too many other big cities in this nation,'' said Councilman Todd Gloria, who chairs the panel's Budget Committee.

May 22, 2012:

BUDGET NEWS: Just announced for FY 13: more library hours, more police officers, more firefighters, more road repair and more for arts & culture.

May 22, 2012:

This morning Mayor Sanders and I joined dozens of local leaders including Tom Hom, the first Asian-American elected to the San Diego City Council back in 1962, to proclaim May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the City of San Diego.

May 22, 2012:

Check out the article in San Diego Uptown News about the new operations manager of the Uptown Community Parking District. I appreciate Uptown's renewed focus on increasing parking options. I will continue to pressure community parking districts and city staff to swiftly deploy low-cost projects that increase supply like the opening of the Pernicano's parking lot in Hillcrest.

May 21, 2012:

We don't do ugly in District Three. That's why I'm teaming up with North Park Main Street and City Heights Business Association to improve the I-805 Community Gateway. Click on the photo to learn more and pitch in.

May 20, 2012:

One of the best things about this time of year is seeing Jacarandas, the City's official tree, in bloom throughout San Diego. Enjoy!

May 18, 2012:

Happy Bike to Work Day! Check out the new bike corral at 5th & University and visit www.icommutesd.com for local biking resources.

May 16, 2012:

I support Council President Tony Young's call for a responsible banking ordinance in the City of San Diego. We should insist that banks who want the City's deposits are doing right by the taxpayers who created them.

May 15, 2012:

Just taped some comments with Fox5 on today's vote to approve a Pride Flag Monument in Hillcrest. Watch tonight at 10 p.m.

May 15, 2012:

Pride Flag Monument Approved by Council!

May 15, 2012:

Today Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and I proclaimed May to be USS San Diego Month in its namesake city.

May 14, 2012:

The Governor’s Proposed FY 13 Budget is sad news for San Diegans struggling with high housing costs and searching for affordable housing.

May 13, 2012:

It’s a good day: I’m with my family celebrating Mother's Day and my big brother's birthday.

May 13, 2012:

Happy Mother's Day!

May 12, 2012:

I just read “City Heights Garden Transports Caretakers” in U-T San Diego. This article illustrates why I'm such a strong advocate for community gardens and why I'm proud to have authored ordinances to make San Diego a leader in urban farming.

May 12, 2012:

San Diegans deserve better public transit. This morning I joined City Heights leaders and signed a transit first pledge that calls for expanded service and lower fares.

May 11, 2012:

Paying my respects to the family of Charlie McKain on behalf of the people of the District he created.

May 11, 2012:

District Three is home to the City's first bike corral! Join me and the community on Monday as we dedicate it and take a big step toward expanding our non-motorized transportation infrastructure.

May 10, 2012:

Received the mock up of the Harvey Milk Street signs! Best. Birthday. Gift. Ever. Thank you City staff for the quick work. See it in person on May 22nd, 5pm at the corner of Centre and Milk in Hillcrest!

May 9, 2012:

Thank you Mr. President!

May 9, 2012:

In the green room at San Diego 6. Will be on air at 7:40 am to discuss the City budget and Harvey Milk Street.

May 8, 2012:

My recent interview with the Voice of San Diego on my first term accomplishments, second term priorities and my taste for Hip-Hop and R&B.

May 7, 2012:

The Museum of Man dome is looking better than ever as a $1.2M restoration nears completion. Another big step in polishing San Diego's crown jewel in advance of the 2015 centennial celebration.

May 7, 2012:

Council to vote tomorrow afternoon to name a Hillcrest street for Harvey Milk. If approved, this will be a first in the United States.

May 7, 2012:

A fun article in on some of the finer points of urban agriculture from yesterday's paper: "Dishing the dirt on urban farming".

May 5, 2012:

Proud to proclaim today to be San Diego Women's Chorus Day in the City of San Diego in recognition of its 25th anniversary.

May 5, 2012:

Discussing neighborhood issues with my constituents at today's Coffee with your Councilmember in University Heights.

May 4, 2012:

I'm pleased that the City has 291 miles of road repairs planned in Fiscal Year 2013.

May 3, 2012:

We launched a new web site today that dramatically increases the transparency of our infrastructure budget. This is a part of our reform efforts to be make the city's budget more accessible to its citizens. Please check it out: http://www.sandiego.gov/cip/index.shtml.

May 3, 2012:

From Voice of San Diego’s story, "Where the sidewalk ends in Mission Hills:" "Even though Gloria hasn't been representing Mission Hills in his first term, he's a known quantity — he helped the neighborhood get going on this native-plant-landscaped park with benches and a sign to identify the birds in Goldfinch Canyon years ago."

May 2, 2012:

We're continuing to take steps toward making our City more bike friendly. The first of several bike corrals for District Three is being installed this morning at Fifth and University in Hillcrest.

May 1, 2012:

REMINDER: Tomorrow the Council will begin its official review of the Mayor's budget proposal. Details are on the Budget Committee's web site: http://www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/officialdocs/legisdocs/cccmeetings.shtml. Join us at 9am at City Hall or watch on CityTV24 or online at sandiego.gov.

May 1, 2012:

This morning we joined local bike advocates to proclaim National Bike Month in the City of San Diego. Learn more at www.sdcbc.org.

April 30, 2012:

Congratulations to Normal Heights resident Gill Sotu who won the City's Environmental Services inaugural Spoken Word contest sponsored by Sprint. Gil performed his winning entry today at the New Children's Muesum which is featuring a exhibit called "TRASH."

April 30, 2012:

Proud to receive the California Music Education Association's Legislator Award for my support of the arts, public education and Balboa Park.

April 30,2012:

I just read, "Boxed up, redevelopment projects in limbo as city agency closes" in the U-T. This is very sad. Our staff did terrific work for many of our City's communities, including North Park and City Heights. Now that redevelopment has ended, we must act swiftly to create new tools that stimulate investment and create jobs in our neighborhoods.

April 29, 2012:

Meeting future constituents and enjoying the best Little Italy has to offer at Art Walk.

April 28, 2012:

Celebrating Home Start's 40 years of service to San Diego with the nonprofit's CEO Laura Mustari. Learn more about this group's important work to prevent child abuse and support families at www.home-start.org.

April 28,2012:

The Council will begin to review the Mayor's budget proposal department by department this Wednesday. I encourage the public to attend the budget hearings and to read the IBA's Review of the FY13 Proposed Budget report: http://www.sandiego.gov/iba/.

April 28, 2012:

Thank you I Love A Clean San Diego, University Heights neighbors and volunteers who restored Camelot Canyon as a part of today's Creek to Bay Cleanup! Learn more at http://www.creektobay.org/.

April 27, 2012:

We broke ground today on the Roosevelt Joint Use Park on Upas Street in Hillcrest. When complete in Spring 2013, this will add 1.8 acres of new recreation facilities for the community to enjoy.

April 27, 2012:

Celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees in Balboa Park with students from Albert Einstein Academy. Thank you to the Friends of Balboa Park and other donors who made this event possible.

April 26, 2012:

With friends at Snooze Eatery in Hillcrest supporting Dine Out for Life and enjoying the fact that calories don't count when you're fighting HIV/AIDS.

April 25, 2012:

Boring But Important: San Diego’s S&P Credit Rating Improves to A+. More proof that our city's finances are growing stronger and that a culture of reform is taking root.

April 25, 2012:

I just finished an interview with Fox 5 describing our vision for a first-class recreation facility at the former Pearson Ford site. The segment will air on May 18th when the Fox 5 Morning Show will spend the day focused on El Cajon Blvd. Be sure to tune in!

April 25, 2012:

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! District Three is lucky to have Venessa Jackson, who takes fabulous care of my constituents, my staff and me - and she does it with style. Thank you Ms. 'Ness!

April 24, 2012:

Safely dispose of old prescription drugs this Saturday, 10am to 2pm, North Park Lions Club, 3927 Utah Street.

April 24, 2012:

Here's a quick intro to the inaugural San Diego Native Garden Tour that I'm proud to co-chair. Watch the video and register online to check out 25 of the best native gardens in our region this weekend: www.cnpssd.org.

April 23, 2012:

This Thursday, I will be participating Dining Out for Life San Diego. Will you? www.diningoutforlife.org

April 22, 2012:

Headed to Earth Fair in Balboa Park? Stop by my booth and say hello. We're near the Mingei Museum.

April 21, 2012:

Proud to accept the City Heights CDC's 2012 Public Servant Hero Award tonight. This honor is made sweeter because it was presented by my colleague Marti Emerald and given on behalf of the people of my beloved City Heights.

April 21, 2012:

Hanging with my new bestie John C. Reilly at Adams Avenue Unplugged. No big deal.

April 21, 2012:

Welcoming WSS to El Cajon Blvd in City Heights. This large Southern California retailer is bringing new shopping and jobs to Mid City. They also made a $5,000 donation to nearby Franklin Elementary School.

April 21, 2012:

Celebrating the 100th birthday of the Spruce Street bridge in Bankers Hill with the community and the bridge designer's great granddaughter.

April 20, 2012:

The incredible diversity of our district is one the best things about it. The article in Gay San Diego, “Reaching Out for Easter,” details an annual event we sponsor that brings District 3's Latino and LGBT communities together. This is D3 at its very best.

April 20, 2012:

Scheduled to open in July 2013, our new Central Library is quickly taking shape in Downtown's East Village. Learn more about the project and how you can help at https://www.supportmylibrary.org/centrallibrary/aboutproject.

April 19, 2012:

Celebrating 20 years of Urban Mo's with District Three's beloved businessman Chris Shaw. In honor of this major occasion, the City proclaimed today to be Chris Shaw & Doug Snyder Day in San Diego.

April 19, 2012:

Dropping by Auntie Helen's in North Park. This thrift store and laundry service for people with HIV/AIDS is going strong and better than ever! http://www.auntiehelens.org/

April 19, 2012:

An enlightening exchange with Rep. Barney Frank on the economy, civil rights, the progressive movement and how Congress has changed for the worse over the last 30 years. A lengthy piece but worth a read in New York Magazine.

April 18, 2012:

I just read the San Diego Newsroom article, “City, School District Officials Forging Ties.” We can't build strong neighborhoods without great public

April 17, 2012:

The Council's departmental review of the Mayor's FY13 budget proposal begins on May 2. As Chair of the Budget Committee, I encourage the public to attend our hearings and make your voice heard. Visit our web site to learn more: http://www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/officialdocs/legisdocs/cccmeetings.shtml.

April 17, 2012:

April is National Volunteer Month. Today Mayor Sanders and I thanked a handful of the thousands of San Diegans who donate their time and talent to make our city a better place to live.

April 16, 2012:

Many of you are fans of my Water-Wise Yard of the Month program. If you like that, you'll love this event by the California Native Plant Society that features some of the best native gardens in our region. Event is April 28-29, 2012: https://www.facebook.com/#!/SDNativeGardenTour.

April 15, 2012:

I just saw the NBC news story, “Utility Boxes Cause Controversy.” I understand the concerns of neighbors worried about the utility boxes that come with undergrounding. That's why I'm pushing for Council action to ensure we take the lessons learned in Talmadge and insist the utility companies do their very best to limit their impacts in historic communities.

April 14, 2012:

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Whole Foods in Hillcrest. Now let's see if we can get another one of their stores in District Three!

April 14, 2012:

In continuation of District Three's long tradition of celebrating diversity, I'm proud that we will soon be home to the first street named for the late LGBT civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

April 13, 2012:

Happy Birthday to my former boss, long time mentor and friend Congresswoman Susan Davis!

April 12, 2012:

Jefferson Elementary School Joint Use Field is open! Hooray for more recreation space in North Park!

April 11, 2012:

At McDonald’s in City Heights to support the Police Officers Association's Widows & Orphans fundraiser and honor the memory of Officer Jeremy Henwood.

April 11, 2012:

This morning, I joined the Mayor, my Council colleagues and staff to unveil the FY13 budget proposal that is balanced, fully funds reserves and begins to restore neighborhood services.

April 10, 2012:

After years of service cuts, MTS is now in a position to consider restoring and improving some bus routes and trolley lines. Check out this link and share your thoughts on which steps MTS should take as it moves forward: http://www.sdmts.com/Planning/serviceimprovements.asp

April 10, 2012:

I spent my lunch break listening to Steve Erie and Vlad Kogan discuss their book "Paradise Plundered" at a forum sponsored by the Center on Policy Initiatives in Downtown.

April 9, 2012:

Today the Council voted unanimously to approve a $75M infrastructure bond to repair our roads, sidewalks, facilities and streetlights. A big step forward in rebuilding our City.

April 9, 2012:

From U-T San Diego: “Balboa Park 2015 Party Planner Itching to Get Started.” The latest on the Balboa Park centennial celebration from the leader of our planning committee. Mark your calendars, 2015 is going to be awesome!

April 8, 2012:

We already knew this to be true but today's U-T San Diego Opinion illustration pretty much confirms that District Three has the best neighborhoods.

April 8, 2012:

Happy Easter!

April 7, 2012:

It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with the next generation of progressive leaders. Thank you New Leaders Council for inviting me to speak.

April 7, 2012:

Tradition says a Navy ship named for a city carries local memorabilia aboard. Alright D3, what could we donate to outfit this new ship bearing our city's name? Check out “Navy Ship San Diego Arrives at its Namesake Port” in the U-T San Diego.

April 7, 2012:

Thank you to the many generous donors, especially San Diego City Firefighters and the Municipal Employees Association, who helped us collect Easter baskets for the hundreds of children expected to attend tomorrow's 9th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights.

April 5, 2012:

APRIL 2012 - The home of Lori Brooks was nominated as the Water Conservation Garden of the Month by her Normal Heights neighbor, who says, “Lori's yard has evolved over a couple of years, but she has done all of the work herself with the assistance of some friends and neighbors. Note the beautiful mosaic and other artistic pieces. My favorite part is a bench she has on her parkway so that people can sit down and rest.

April 4, 2012:

Mayor Sanders and I announce plans for $75 million for infrastructure improvements citywide, including $30 million for road repairs.

April 3, 2012:

I’m teaming up with Ben & Jerry's to raise money for the National Foundation for Autism Research.

April 3, 2012:

On air shortly on Channel 8 to promote Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day and how you can help support local programs for children with autism. Tune in!

April 2, 2012:

Check out “Balboa Park to Get Wireless Internet Access” in U-T San Diego. I'm proud to be a strong supporter of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative's efforts to use modern technology to enhance the visitor experience in our City's crown jewel.

April 2, 2012:

Celebrating the Big Sister League of San Diego's 70th anniversary! During the month of April, eat at your favorite restaurant and support a really good cause. It’s simple: visit www.bigsisterleague.org, download a flyer for your favorite restaurant and up to 20% of your purchase will be donated to this nonprofit that serves mentally ill women in our city.

April 2, 2012:

I recently sat down with the North Park News to share my thoughts on what lies ahead for District Three. It’ll hit newsstands soon, and if you can’t wait, visit www.sdnorthparknews.com.

April 1, 2012:

U-T San Diego is running a remarkable series of articles on the high cost of accessing our broken health care system by San Diego's homeless. This underlines why we must proactively address homelessness and expand supportive housing in our city: it's compassionate and it saves money.

March 31, 2012:

Cesar Chavez mentored many of our nation’s civil rights and labor leaders. Today, on the 85th anniversary of his birth, I’m spending the morning sharing my thoughts on leadership with a group of young professionals who aspire to leave their mark on our city. ¡Que viva Cesar Chavez!

March 30, 2012:

I just checked out a smoother ride for City Heights! The new Marlborough Avenue, one of many recently repaved streets in the area.

March 29, 2012:

I read U-T San Diego’s article, “Supervisors Retain Backcountry Planning Groups.” Community planning groups are an essential component in the development process and their input is invaluable. The County made the right call on this one.

March 28, 2012:

Happy to get a sneak preview tonight of the new Vons in Mission Hills for an event benefiting Mama's Kitchen. Join us tomorrow at 3pm for the store’s grand opening!

March 28, 2012:

This morning I joined the Friends of Balboa Park, the Balboa Park Trust and Mayor Sanders to dedicate the new playground on Sixth Avenue in Balboa Park.

March 27, 2012:

Spent the evening with my mother who turns 60 years young today. Happy Birthday Mom! I love you.

March 27, 2012:

Headed to Sacramento to advocate for Senator Kehoe's SB 1169 which would preserve 10,000 acres of San Diego's urban canyons as dedicated open space and protect them from encroachment by development.

March 24, 2012:

Kicking off this morning's 8th annual San Diego Race for Autism.

March 23, 2012:

I'm extremely disturbed by the recent events in Sanford, FL. Young men of color should be able to walk to the store wearing a hoodie without being killed. My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin's family. I hope that federal law enforcement will bring justice to this case.

March 23, 2012:

Honored to give the keynote speech at today's Reboot graduation. This local nonprofit helps veterans transition to civilian life. Learn more at www.rebootworkshop.org.

March 22, 2012:

Providing information to LGBT taxpayers at this evening's Tax Filing Seminar. I can't wait until events like this aren't necessary because same-sex relationships have equal recognition under the law.

March 22, 2012:

Enjoying the North Park Historical Society's presentation on neighborhood history to McKinley Elementary School students.

March 21, 2012:

Downtown dedicated 65 new units of affordable housing this morning at Cedar Gateway!

March 21, 2012:

The City has increased road repairs from 115.4 miles to 326 miles since FY08 - a 182% increase but we must do more. Yesterday's action (PDF) will speed up these repairs and make the process more transparent to the community.

March 20, 2012:

Congratulations to St. Augustine High School on winning its first Southern California Regional Division II boys soccer championship! All of District Three is proud of you!

March 19, 2012:

Today's City Council meeting will be adjourned in memory of Charles McKain. Among his many contributions was the creation of the modern day Council District Three boundaries that paved the way for the election of San Diego's first LGBT City Councilmember. Rest in peace Charlie.

March 18, 2012:

This weekend's storm brought us more than just rain. Report potholes and other problems in the public right of way directly to the City via this web page: http://apps.sandiego.gov/streetdiv/.

March 17, 2012:

Rainy days like this make me especially happy that we've prioritized roof repairs in Balboa Park.

March 16, 2012:

I just read the Commentary piece on SDGLN.com, "What’s up with all these kids in the neighborhood?". Great piece on a trend that I've also noticed in our neighborhoods. I'm glad more families are choosing to raise their children in District Three.

March 14, 2012:

From Patch.com: "We must remain fiscally disciplined," Budget Committee Chairman Todd Gloria said. "This is not a time for us to go on a spending spree."

March 14, 2012:

From U-T San Diego: "County Homeless Population Rises 8.6 Percent." This news underscores why we must save needed homeless services like the Neil Good Day Center and Waterman Check-in Center.

March 14, 2012:

Please excuse the mess while 30th Street over Switzer Canyon in North Park gets a makeover today.

March 13, 2012:

REMINDER: Stonewall Citizens Patrol's informational meeting is tonight, 6:30pm, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. Come learn how you can help build a stronger neighborhood watch in North Park.

March 12, 2012:

Tonight the Council voted to add hours at all branch libraries and recreation centers, expand our police academy, increase road repairs and fully fund our budget reserves. This was made possible by a budget surplus that is the result of fiscal reforms and an improving economy. Our work is not done but this is an important step every San Diegan can take pride in.

March 12, 2012:

Proclaiming today to be Girl Scouts Day in the City of San Diego in honor of its 100th anniversary. Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

March 11, 2012:

Thank you to the Stonewall Citizens Patrol for stepping up to serve North Park and help us prevent crime in this thriving community.

March 9, 2012:

Congratulations to Mama's Kitchen for serving its 6 millionth meal today. This District 3, volunteer-driven nonprofit has done so much to care for those those living with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities for many years. Thank you Mama's!

March 8, 2012:

NEWS | The Kensington-Normal Heights Branch Library is closed until further notice to address air quality and ventilation issues. In the meantime, please visit one of our other area branch libraries. Locations, hours and directions available on the City's website.

March 8, 2012:

Work has begun on the Texas Street pedestrian & bike improvements between District 3 and Mission Valley! Project features a sidewalk, bike lane and lighting up the slope. More at TwitDoc.com. Big step for non-motorized mobility in our District.

March 7, 2012:

Spent my lunch break inspecting a lot of recent road repairs in University Heights and North Park.

March 6, 2012:

Council voted unanimously this morning to adopt a joint use agreement for the new one acre field at Jefferson Elementary in North Park. This new park asset will open to the public on April 12.

March 5, 2012:

I've got a whole lot of road repaving coming your way D3 - Georgia, Grim, Herman, Menlo and more.

March 5, 2012:

The Council voted unanimousy today to turn down the pay increase recommended by the Citizen's Salary Setting Commission. During my time as your Councilmember, I've also declined the car allowance and voluntarily taken a 6% compensation reduction. When this issue comes up, I never forget that the average District 3 family - the people I work for - earns $46K/year, which makes my present salary more than adequate.

March 5, 2012:

Reading "Odd Boy Out" to Mrs. Hubbard's 5th grade class at Jefferson Elementary School in North Park for Read Across America Day.

March 2, 2012:

Please congratulate Candace Vanderhoff and Young Lee of South Park for being named District 3's Water Wise Yard of the Month!

March 2, 2012:

Check out www.bikesd.org. Bicycle Master Plan, sharrows, more bike racks and bike corrals (coming soon!) - I'm proud of the work we're doing to make District 3 more bike-friendly.

March 1, 2012:

Excited to see the new Vons on Washington Street is almost done. It is looking good and certainly is a huge improvement over the old one! I'm told it will open at the end of the month.

March 1, 2012:

In the U-T: “SD Councilmembers Eye Budget Surplus Cautiously.” As the Council's Budget Chairman, I'm urging my colleagues to exercise restraint as we consider what to do with the modest surplus our reforms and the improving economy have created.

March 1, 2012:

What grade did your street get in the City's Conditions Index?Check out this map: http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/pdf/streetconditionmap.pdf. It shows that we have a lot of work to do city-wide, but also reflects the progress we've made in District 3 to fix our roads.

February 28, 2012:

Boring But Important: The City's Audited Financial Statements are now current and have received the highest positive rating from its outside auditors. These documents provide the City access to the bond market which allow it to continue with road and infrastructure repairs.

February 28, 2012:

I was proud to honor Senior Community Centers at today’s City Council meeting for moving a thousand seniors from homelessness to housing in the last ten years.

February 27, 2012:

I just saw this on KPBS’s website: “City Heights Activist Heads to Lady Gaga’s Foundation Launch.” Of course the launch of Lady Gaga's charitable foundation would have a link to District 3.

February 27, 2012:

With the forecast calling for rain, now's a good time to remind San Diegans that the City has an incentive program for residential rainwater harvesting. Save water and money!

February 26, 2012:

I just read “Requiem for Redevelopment” in today’s U-T. Redevelopment is dead but the demand for urban renewal, infrastructure and affordable housing is not. There are more ways to revitalize communities than tax increment financing. We must come together to develop new local tools to bring needed investment to our neighborhoods.

February 25, 2012:

Great turnout at today's Coffee with Councilmember in South Park. I enjoy being accessible to my constituents and listening to their concerns.

February 24, 2012:

Attending the opening reception for the new Woodie exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Come check out some classic American wood paneled sedans in Balboa Park.

February 24, 2012:

I am a big supporter of Senator Kehoe's bill that would strengthen protections for our urban canyons. Thank you Chris! Learn more in today’s U-T.

February 24, 2012:

Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Tony Young and I hosted an event to honor Black History Month and acknowledge the contributions of Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers and Black Nurses Association.

February 23, 2012:

Few cities right now can announce it has a budget surplus and will restore some services. San Diego can, and it's the result of fiscal discipline, cutting edge reform and a culture of bipartisan cooperation that are yielding results for taxpayers.

February 22, 2012:

Celebrating the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center's twenty years in Balboa Park with local Pearl Harbor Survivors.

February 22, 2012:

Many of you, especially in City Heights and North Park, have asked me what we can do to keep urban renewal going now that redevelopment has ended. Check out an article from the Sacramento Bee titled, “Viewpoints: Tools can help cities cope after redevelopment”. Your thoughts?

February 21, 2012:

District Three does Fat Tuesday right! Thank you Hillcrest Business Association and GSDBA for putting on this great event to benefit local youth scholarships.

February 18, 2012:

Cut the ribbon on City Heights Square this afternoon. A $38 million mixed use project at University and Fairmount that brings new housing and jobs to Mid-City. Thank you Price Charities!

February 17, 2012:

Tomorrow we will dedicate the Price Family's latest investment in Mid-City, a $38 million mixed use project called City Heights Square.

February 17, 2012:

Check out the U-T’s story “More Park Space Coming to North Park.” Nearly an acre of new park space is coming to North Park this April. More progress for this vibrant corner of District 3!

February 17, 2012:

I’m at EvoNexus. Downtown's business incubator is now open for business. Let the entrepreneurship and job creation begin!

February 17, 2012:

Celebrating the Todd Squad member Courtney Thomson's birthday. Thank you CT for all your hard work for D3. Happy Birthday!!!

February 17, 2012:

Ohio Street in North Park looks amazing after a recent sexy streets makeover. Pothole-free from El Cajon Blvd to Adams Avenue!

February 16, 2012:

Repairs to the historic Casa del Prado's roof are underway. Another step in preparing Balboa Park for the 2015 centennial.

February 15, 2012:

In our City's crown jewel speaking about one of my favorite subjects: making Balboa Park more sustainable.

February 14, 2012:

Tune in to SanDiego6 this Wednesday at 7:30 am. I'll be in studio previewing the launch of a new technology incubator in Downtown. Learn how we're working to encourage local startups to create new jobs in San Diego's vibrant urban center.

February 14, 2012:

Testifying at the Port of San Diego on why our working waterfront is critical to San Diego's economy and the creation of good middle class jobs.

February 14, 2012:

I just read, “Why does our infrastructure resemble a third world country’s?” in Governing magazine. Excellent essay on how short term thinking underminds infrastructure. With the help of my Council colleagues, I'm working to reverse this decades old trend in our city and repair our roads, sidewalks, alleys and public facilities.

February 13, 2012:

Restored streetcars are reappearing in cities across America, including San Diego, and spurring neighborhood revitalization. Check out the article in this month’s Governing magazine. Let's keep this trend going!

February 12, 2012:

Increasing infrastructure investment is critical to our economy's success. The article, ““Why pleas to increase infrastructure funding fall on deaf ears” from Fox and Hounds Daily details why it is more important than ever for communities to create local funding sources to ensure our neighborhoods are repaired.

February 11, 2012:

Read this great profile of Burlingame resident Pat Taylor and her great work improving literacy in District 3: “Blabbing about books and making them matter” in today’s U-T. I've always admired Pat and I'm thrilled her efforts are being highlighted for all San Diegans to see.

February 9, 2012:

Checking out Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at San Diego Natural History Museum.

February 9, 2012:

The deadline for comments on the draft environmental impact report for the Plaza de Panama project has been extended from March 8 to March 22. Please visit this link to learn more about the project and share your thoughts with City staff. http://www.balboapark.org/plaza-de-panama/project/documents

February 9, 2012:

Many of you have asked me about the 2050 RTP. Here's a quick read on what it is and what is proposes. Check out the proposed transit expansion (including streetcars!) on page 4 and bike/pedestrian improvements on page 6. Read more

February 8, 2012:

SDMT's first performance at its new home the North Park Theatre is this Friday. Let's welcome them to D3 by attending a performance of The Marvelous Wonderettes! Show runs until February 26, 2012. www.sdmt.org

February 8, 2012:

There are just a few days left to weigh in with your ideas for the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge, the city’s contest challenging software developers to create computer applications using data from the city and other cooperating agencies. Visit this website and make your suggestion today! www.sdappschallenge.com

February 7, 2012:

Tune in to SanDiego6 Wednesday at 6:50 am. I'll be live in studio with reaction to today's 9th Circuit Court decision in the Prop 8 case.

February 7, 2012:

The City Council was visited by royalty today. We honored the Imperial Court de San Diego for its 40 years of noble deeds in our city.

February 7, 2012:

Thank you 9th Circuit!

February 7, 2012:

Check out today’s U-T! Great Q&A with the self described mayor of Golden Hill Judy the Beauty on Duty Forman. Judy is an amazing woman, the personification of District 3 and of all the qualities that make it so special.

February 6, 2012:

Praying that the 9th Circuit gets it right and that California takes a giant step toward equality tomorrow.

February 6, 2012:

The Council will consider adopting civil penalties for the illegal demolition of historic resources on Tuesday. This is an important step toward preserving the character of our historic neighborhoods.

February 5, 2012:

"This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We'll get back up again and when we do the world's gonna hear the roar of our engines. Yeah. It's halftime, America. And our second half's about to begin." -- Nice Super Bowl ad.

February 5, 2012:

Oh My Madonna!

February 4, 2012:

Just read an article on Smart Planet about streetcars in D.C. Another reason why I'm pushing so hard to bring streetcars back to San Diego: "massive economic benefits."

February 3, 2012:

Humbled to be named READ San Diego's Literacy Advocate of the Year for my work to support our public libraries.

February 3, 2012:

Great turnout tonight for the food truck fundraiser for Birney Elementary in University Heights. Thank goodness calories don't count when you're eating for a good cause!

February 3, 2012:

iI toured UCSD's Hillcrest Medical Center today with local residents to see its recently expanded Emergency Department. This $10 million investment demonstrates the hospital's commitment to our community's wellbeing.

February 2, 2012:

Welcoming another new business to Hillcrest, along with 40 jobs! Check out the tasty burgers at Smashburger at 3975 Fifth Avenue.

February 2, 2012:

Answering questions from constituents at tonight's University Heights Community Association meeting.

February 2, 2012:

In the U-T: "Urban farming gets a boost." Love the line from this article: "The San Diego City Council has opted to whip out the Miracle-Gro for urban farms." Yes we did!

February 1, 2012:

The new Pershing Avenue through Balboa Park is freshly repaved AND now sporting wider bike lanes. A twofer!

February 1, 2012:

Check out "Fixing the Dome" in today's U-T. Great photo essay about the work currently underway to restore the California Building's dome in Balboa Park. Another project that will be done in time for the park's 2015 centennial celebration!

January 31, 2012:

On days like today, when we accomplish so much for the community, I am more thankful than ever to have a team of talented public servants working for my constituents. Thank you Todd Squad for all you do for District 3!

January 31, 2012:

Urban agriculture regulations approved! Read more (PDF)

January 31, 2012:

Homeless storage facility saved! Read more (PDF)

January 30, 2012:

The Council will vote Tuesday to fund the first ever storage facility for the homeless in San Diego through June. I am grateful to my colleagues for stepping up to keep this critical program running. I hope the public will also embrace this proven way of cleaning up our streets.

January 30, 2012:

The repaved Sixth Avenue north of Upas is looking good!

January 29, 2012:

Heads Up District 3! Tuesday is the final day to provide input via the San Diego Foundation's online survey seeking to build a consensus on a vision for our region. Please take 15 minutes and weigh in today: ourgreatersandiegovision.org.

January 29, 2012:

On Tuesday the City Council will consider enacting an Urban Agriculture Policy. Among other things, the policy would ease restrictions on the keeping of chickens, goats, and bees in San Diego. So excited!

January 29, 2012:

Thank you to the Philippine American Society for Arts & Culture for naming me their Filipino Citizen of the Year.

January 28, 2012:

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the House of the Philippines in Balboa Park.

January 27, 2012:

Congratulations to Stepping Stone's class of 2011 graduates! Your strength and commitment to sobriety are inspiring.

January 27, 2012:

Ribbon cutting to welcome Wang's to North Park. A huge step forward for this neighborhood's economic revitalization - plus great food and drinks!

January 27, 2012:

Talking about how investing in infrastructure helps create good jobs with U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. - at San Diego Job Corps.

January 27, 2012:

Here's some good news in the U-T for those of us that believe San Diegans deserve to feel safe in their neighborhoods: Serious Crime at 42-year Low.

January 26, 2012:

Connections Housing proves San Diegans don't only care about the homeless in the winter, but we care about them 365 days a year.

January 25, 2012:

Tomorrow the City will break ground on our first year-round homeless shelter and service center: www.sdconnections.org. This is a significant step in addressing homelessness in Downtown and without a doubt will be one of my proudest days as your Councilmember.

January 25, 2012:

In today's U-T: "City retiree health care deal could save $714M" This is a big deal! By reforming our retiree health care benefits, the City will save over $700M and is now on the cutting edge of fiscal reform nationally. It also proves once again that collective bargaining is the best way to achieve savings for taxpayers.

January 24, 2012:

The Council voted today to extend the existing Uptown Interim Height Ordinance for two years, matching the anticipated completion date of the long awaited Community Plan Update. Now let's get the plan update done!

January 24, 2012:

Tonight the President announced that he will cut red tape to speed up infrastructure projects across the nation. Tune in to SanDiego6 this Wednesday at 7:20 a.m. to hear how the City plans to do the same thing.

January 24, 2012:

"Our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong." - President Barack Obama

January 24, 2012:

Speaking at the Adams Avenue Business Association annual meeting.

January 23, 2012:

Thank you to my Council colleagues for adding streetcars to our City's annual legislative package. San Diego's lobbyists can now advocate for their restoration in Washington and Sacramento!

January 22, 2012:

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon.

January 22, 2012:

I just watched the extremely moving message from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Thank you for your service to our nation, Congresswoman.

January 21, 2012:

In today’s U-T: "Homeless Storage Center Gets Lifeline." Proud to work with Kevin Faulconer and my colleagues to save this critical program that serves the homeless. With the financial help of businesses and citizens, we can ensure it remains open and helping to clean up our streets.

January 21, 2012:

Thank you to all who attended today's Coffee with Your Councilmember in North Park. Great discussion on a bunch of hot topics. Big thanks to The 30th Street Cafe for hosting us!

January 21, 2012:

Thank you to the many concerned citizens at this morning's arson meeting in University Heights. Big thanks to SDPD for being there, too. The community is united and we will find the suspect and bring him to justice.

January 20, 2012:

A special University Heights community meeting to discuss the recent arson fires is scheduled for 10 a.m. this Saturday, January 21 at 4353 Park Blvd. Neighborhood leaders, my staff and others will be on hand to share information and strategize ways to increase safety. All UH residents are welcome to attend.

January 19, 2012:

Today's paper has an update on our planning for the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial. Check it out and get involved. There are public meetings today and tomorrow.

January 19, 2012:

Tune in to Fox 5 this morning at 6:40 a.m. I'll be live in studio discussing the latest on the University Heights arson fires.

January 18, 2012:

I paid a visit to the always fun North Park Lions this afternoon. We discussed the City's budget, redevelopment and Balboa Park.

January 18, 2012:

Please consider participating this event to honor the memory of SDPD Officer Jeremy Henwood and raise funds to help youth programming in Mid City. Learn more: www.starpal.org.

January 17, 2012:

On scene at Birney Elementary School in University Heights this morning. An arsonist set fire to Birney's auditorium last night. If you have information that could help us find the individual responsible for this crime, please contact CrimeStoppers at 888-580-8477.

January 16, 2012:

I'm pleased that both opinion pieces in yesterday's U-T Dialog highlight District 3's efforts at urban renewal. City Heights and North Park are models that should be duplicated statewide.

January 16, 2012:

Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a thousand San Diegans at the All People's breakfast. — at Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

January 15, 2012:

There's an interesting article on efforts to save LGBT history in the Advocate. Where are the LGBT historical sites in San Diego? How can we use preservation to create my vision of an LGBT thematic district in our city?

January 14, 2012:

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Burlingame neighborhood with former Senator Jim Mills and community leader Grant Merkel.

January 14, 2012:

I'm not happy about needing glasses but I'm thrilled to be able to see again. And I love shopping local!

January 13, 2012:

Touring the Green Build project at the airport.

January 13, 2012:

The City's pension bill is much less than expected which means our projected budget deficit is significantly reduced. This is great news and more proof that we are making progress toward fixing the City's finances.

January 13, 2012:

In the U-T: Anonymous Donation Guarantees Library’s Finish. I never doubted that San Diegans would step forward to fund this important project. This announcement is great news for our city.

January 11, 2012:

With the Gay Men's Chorus in advance of Mayor Sanders' State of the City address. GMCSD will perform the national anthem tonight. — at Balboa Theatre - San Diego.

January 11, 2012:

I taped a segment today for San Diego's Most Wanted asking for the public's help in apprehending the arsonist that targeted a University Heights church. Program airs this Saturday, 7:30pm on Fox5.

January 10, 2012:

Thank you to my Council colleagues for their unanimous vote today for continuing funding for the construction of a senior center on 30th Street in North Park. With their support, this dream will become a reality!

January 10, 2012:

The City will host the sixth annual Project Homeless Connect tomorrow. Learn more about how you can help support this effort or how those who might need a hand can get help.

January 9, 2012:

Aldine Drive in Kensington reopened to traffic today after six months of construction. It features a new retaining wall *AND* was repaved - a twofer!

January 9, 2012:

Tune in to Fox5 at 7:00am. I'll be live with Matt Johnson in Kensington for the completion of the Aldine Drive Slope Stabilization project. After over six months of construction, this vital Mid City road will reopen to traffic.

January 7, 2012:

Cox Communications celebrates the opening of its new Hillcrest store with a donation to the San Diego LGBT Community Center's youth housing program.

January 6, 2012:

Freedom of Speech exhibit and reception - at Centro Cultural de la Raza.

January 6, 2012:

Get your wallets ready! There's a cash mob coming to Hillcrest this Sunday. A fun and unique way to support small, local businesses. Learn more on the U-T's website.

January 5, 2012:

Eleven appointments today? I think it is safe to say we're back in the swing of things. Bring it on 2012!

January 5, 2012:

Proud to join local leaders to break ground on a the first phase of the project that will finally deliver to San Diegans a world class waterfront.

January 5, 2012:

Update: When construction is complete this spring, the Downtown Quiet Zone will significantly improve the quality of life of those living, working and visiting our City.

January 4, 2012:

Joining Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest to dedicate the Conrad Prebys Emergency and Trauma Center this morning. This is part of a $200M project that will bring state of the art emergency care to this 120-year old District 3 institution.

January 3, 2012:

From 10News, "Vandals Hit Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall for 3rd Time." We must stand together against these senseless acts. I encourage anyone with information about these crimes to contact Crime Stoppers at 888 580-8477.

January 3, 2012:

RIP: Dr. Joe Colombo made significant contributions to academia, higher education, our city and the LGBT community. He was a District 3 resident and a mentor. Godspeed Dr. Colombo.

January 3, 2012:

I'm urging all neighbors to help us solve a recent string of arsons at a University Heights church. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered. Reward Offered for Tips in University Heights Arson Cases.

January 3, 2012

Reminder: Here's how you can recycle your Christmas tree and save precious landfill space. Christmas Tree Recycling District 3's drop off location is Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr.

January 1, 2012:

New Year's Day hike in one of our City's great regional parks. - at Mission Trails

January 1, 2012:

Hello 2012!