SAN DIEGO -- Councilmember Todd Gloria today was unanimously elected president of the San Diego City Council, as the city celebrated the inauguration of Mayor Bob Filner.
Gloria, who is openly gay, represents District 3 that includes the LGBT-dominated areas of Hillcrest and North Park. The redrawing of council districts also means that Gloria represents Downtown.
“I am incredibly honored to have the support of my colleagues today. It is an honor to know that these eight people – who are leaders, who love their communities, and who LOVE San Diego – are trusting me to be the Council President,” Gloria said after the vote.
Gloria immediately acknowledged his predecessor, Tony Young, who held the position for the last two years until he resigned from his seat to take a job to head the local Red Cross.
“I have big shoes to fill. Mr. Young elevated the rote of Council President greatly, and the entire City has benefited,” Gloria said.
Goria spoke briefly about his goals and stated his vision to further strengthen the City Council as a legislative body; use his experience as the Budget and Finance Committee Chair to guide the Council in making fiscally responsible decisions; and work productively with Mayor Filner and the two new councilmembers to ensure a smooth transition and ensure the needs of all San Diegans are met.
He was nominated by Councilmember Kevin Faulconer. Several members of the public spoke at the hearing in support of Gloria for the position.
The City Council elects a Council President annually.
A special City Council meeting will be scheduled before the end of the year to confirm assignments to City Council committees and external organizations.