San Diego Mayor Bob Filner delivers first State of the City address

Filner discusses budget, job creation

SAN DIEGO - San Diego City Mayor Bob Filner took center stage at the Balboa Theater Tuesday night in his first State of the City address. 

10News was there as he talked about creating jobs and being honest about the city of San Diego’s financial future.

Despite a 30-minute delay to the start of the mayor's first State of the City address, Filner was greeted with applause from the packed crowd inside the Balboa Theater.

He dove right into talking about fixing the city's financial woes.

“If we’ve learned anything from the mistakes of the past, it’s that it’s better to be truthful about these problems than to cover them up,” said Filner.

Filner spoke about the importance of improving all of San Diego's communities.

“We've succeeded in revitalizing our downtown, but we've failed to invest those same resources or imagination in making older urban neighborhoods as safe, attractive and healthy as they can be," he said.

He also made a promise to keep the San Diego Chargers in the city.

“I will work to make sure that our Bolts don’t Bolt!" he said.

He also gained applause when he talked about creating jobs, starting with the Port district.

“The working waterfront is a key to a balanced regional economy," he said.

They were words that the San Diego Labor Council wanted to hear.

“I think there is a true commitment to expanding the economic base of San Diego to create more jobs, better jobs, sustaining jobs in San Diego,” said Lorena Gonzalez of the San Diego Labor Council AFL-CIO.  “I think we have the right mayor at the right time.”

Councilmember Kevin Faulconer , who represents the District 2, said he hopes Gonzales is right.

 “Like the mayor said, we have to be completely open and honest about our financial situation,” said Faulconer.  “We are likely to face some shortfalls coming up, approximately $40 million. That's why I will continue to strongly urge the mayor that we need to ensure that we stay the course on competition for city services.”

Faulconer said also that those dollars should be diverted back into neighborhoods -- where they should be.

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