SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An incumbent San Diego city councilman is the first to file papers to run for mayor in 2012, although he said he has not decided whether to seek the office.
City Councilman Carl DeMaio, whose district includes Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa, filed on Wednesday, according to the City Clerk's Office.
DeMaio said that he filed papers because it is a step required by law, but that he is still talking with supporters about whether to run.
Mayor Jerry Sanders cannot run for re-election because of term limits.
DeMaio, a former management consultant, successfully campaigned against Proposition D, a measure on November's ballot that would have raised the city's sales tax by a half-cent for five years.
"Fixing the city's pension and budget problems are my top priorities, and if running for mayor will advance fiscal reform of our city, I will do it," DeMaio said in an e-mailed statement. "As I weigh this decision whether to run, I will be spending the next several weeks talking to supporters and
listening to residents across our city to seek their advice and ideas."
He will not be able to raise funds until one year before the election.
According to the Clerk's Office, no one else has filed to run for mayor or any other city office.
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Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
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A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.
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Signs warning people to stay out of the water are once again posted in Imperial Beach after a new spill from Mexico dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River - polluting the South Bay.
Two defense contractors were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that the military had planned to ship overseas to treat injured Marines.