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.
Tyson Ross lost his bid to pitch the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres' history when center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School in the San Diego Unified School District has been arrested for allegedly distributing pornographic images of young girls, including a toddler, authorities announced Friday.
A tragic car crash left a Mount Carmel High School student paralyzed from the chest down, and now, the community is rallying to support him.
New surveillance video shows what happened moments before a car plunged into a sinkhole in East County Monday night.
The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped three- tenths of a percent to 3.2 percent in March as the region continued to add jobs following the holiday season, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
San Diego County is generally safer than the U.S. as a whole, though elder abuse and several types of violent crime are on the rise locally, according to a report released Friday,
Described as “Etsy comes to life,” the popular urban-style handmade market is feminine and fun, hosting vendors who make their products by hand. This will be the 24th Queen Bee Market since its creation in 2010.
Described as “Etsy comes to life,” the popular urban-style handmade market is feminine and fun, hosting vendors who make their products by hand. This will be the 24th Queen Bee Market since its creation in 2010. News 8's Ashley Jacobs takes you inside Bing Crosby Hall for a sneak peek at what artisans are showcasing.