San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria begins serving as interim mayor

16 say they intend to run in special election

SAN DIEGO - Saturday is the first day in San Diego with City Council President Todd Gloria serving as interim mayor, following the departure of former Mayor Bob Filner.

Gloria assumed the office Friday when Filner's resignation became effective.

A special election for a permanent replacement is scheduled for Nov. 19.

The City Charter calls for a public vote if someone leaves office and more than one year remains in his term.

Filner won election last November and was sworn-in Dec. 3, giving him a scandal-marred tenure of less than nine months.

Gloria told reporters he was putting together a list of things that needed to be done as interim mayor, and expects it will have some additions as he becomes acquainted with his new post.

Things haven't been getting done in the city for months because of problems in the Filner administration, Gloria said.

"We'll start by creating an atmosphere here where people want to come to work, where they want to contribute and move our city forward," Gloria said.

Filner announced his resignation on Aug. 23 but was granted an extra week in office. It was mostly unknown how he used the time.

The one thing that was learned was that he reimbursed the $975 for charges on his city-issued credit card that were determined to be for personal expenses.

Four of Filner's top aides also left Friday, including Lee Burdick, his third chief of staff during the abbreviated mayoral term. Also departing were Assistant Chief Operating Officer Nelson Hernandez, Council Liaison Francisco Estrada and Director of Community Outreach Linda Perine.

The former mayor was accused of various degrees of sexual harassment by nearly 20 women. He is under investigation for the credit card misuse and alleged shakedowns of developers.

As of Friday, 16 people had declared their intention to run in the special election.

Michael Aguirre, a former city attorney, told 10News he will run for mayor. He has not yet filed with the city clerk's office, but when he does, he will officially become the 16th candidate.

Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who finished third in the June 2012 mayoral primary, has gone a further step and created an exploratory committee.

Former Councilman Carl DeMaio, who lost to Filner by a couple of points in the November runoff, was planning to announce Tuesday whether he would enter the race, or stick by his previous plan to challenge Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, next year.

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