SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, Monday became the latest candidate to enter the growing field to succeed Jerry Sanders as mayor.
"It's time to turn the page, time for a new vision, a new energy, time for a new generation of leaders not tied to the gridlock or problems of the past to step forward and lead," Fletcher said.
"I'm running for mayor because, despite the challenges we face, I see a bright future for our city, an amazing potential, and I want to lead us on that path," he said.
Fletcher is known most for his bill placing tougher guidelines on monitoring sex offenders, in the wake of the rape and killing of Poway High School senior Chelsea King.
The former Marine counter-intelligence officer has been criticized for ushering a bill through the Legislature to lift a cap on funding for the Centre City Development Corp. -- the city's downtown redevelopment arm.
He is also known for his interest in education, embarking on a series of town halls on the topic with City Council President Tony Young.
"If the city can find time to talk about fireworks and harbor seals, then we can make time to talk about educating our children," Fletcher said.
He said he chose to make his campaign announcement at NuVasive Inc., a medical technology firm, because the region's economy needs to be based on innovation. He credited Sanders for his efforts to get the city's finances in order, and said he believed the current mayor will succeed in ending the structural budget deficit.
City Councilman Carl DeMaio began his campaign on Sunday. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, have also filed papers indicating their interest in the job.
Political observers also believe that Rep. Bob Filner will enter the race.
As part of the "Connect, Support, House" strategy to reduce homelessness, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer kicked off a daylong effort Thursday to connect homeless individuals living in downtown's East Village neighborhood with the supportive services they need to get their lives back on track.
Sparks from a passing vehicle -- not an arsonist, as previously believed -- ignited a wildfire that spread over about 100 open acres this week near San Diego Zoo Safari Park, authorities reported Wednesday.
Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press.
Authorities identified a 12-year-old girl who was found dead in San Vicente Reservoir, five days after she fell from a boat.
San Diego County has agreed to settle a pair of lawsuits filed by twin boys who were molested by their former foster father.
San Diego police said Wednesday that no charges will be filed at this time against a man accused in the fatal shooting of a bar manager following a fight between two groups in the Gaslamp District.
Scattered thunderstorms in the mountains during the afternoon and evening hours Thursday. High pressure will move westward, moisture drying out but slightly warmer through the weekend.