Todd's Blog 2012

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 PDF icon 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 PDF icon 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: PDF icon 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 PDF icon 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 PDF icon 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.

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.