There was standing room only at the Balboa Park Club as Bob Filner was sworn in as San Diego’s 38th mayor on Monday, Dec. 3.
Mayor Filner thanked City Council members and outgoing Mayor Jerry Sanders for “reforming city finances and for getting us on the track to financial stability” before reaffirming his campaign promise to focus on San Diego neighborhoods, eliminate homelessness, protect our beaches and expand maritime operations.
“For the first time in a decade, we can see the possibility of restoring city services, of rebuilding our neighborhoods and of planning for our future,” Filner said. “Because the real heart and soul of our city are its neighborhoods. They define our city’s character and our residents’ quality of life.”
Filner said he wanted a transparent government “where everyone has a seat at the decision-making table.”
“I want a City Hall where the only prerequisites to participation are a love for our city and a desire to improve it,” Filner said.
Filner is the first Democrat to hold the office since Maureen O’Connor, who served until 1992.
All photos by Annie Lane.