Bruce Coons dropping out of San Diego mayoral race, supports David Alvarez

SAN DIEGO - One of the better known candidates for San Diego mayor is planning to drop out of the race later Monday and throw his support to City Councilman David Alvarez.

Bruce Coons, executive director of the preservationist group Save Our Heritage Organisation, has scheduled a 5 p.m. news conference to formalize the announcement.

Coons was a leading opponent of a $45.3 million plan to build a bridge to carry vehicle traffic away from the center of Balboa Park, a proposal that was approved by the City Council but overturned in court. He said the new bridge would have jeopardized the historic value of the park.

Alvarez was in the City Council majority that favored the plan, which was championed by ex-Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs.

Alvarez is considered one of the top candidates in the Nov. 19 special election to determine who will finish the term of Bob Filner, who resigned after less than nine months in office.

With the field narrowing to 10, he is also facing competition from City Attorney Mike Aguirre, council colleague Kevin Faulconer and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, among others.

If no one candidate wins more than half the vote in the special election, a runoff between the top two vote-getters would be held early next year.

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