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.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
Temperature records were smashed across San Diego County Wednesday as the region hit the expected peak of a mini heat wave.
Ramona may be known for its horses and country living, but this Thanksgiving the town is reclaiming an old title.
The site of the blaze was the subject of a contested vote just last week in which the Escondido City Council voted 3-2 to approve a housing project, "The Villages," which would see 380 new homes built on the 109 acres of the abandoned golf course and country club.
A San Diego State University student who died in September when she was struck by a car while attempting to cross Interstate 8 on foot had consumed at least eight shots of rum and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.29 percent, according to a coroner's report released Wednesday.
Three men were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly firing shots in a Vista neighborhood then opening fire on responding sheriff's deputies.
At least two cars collided in the middle of a Camino Del Norte intersection leaving one vehicle overturned and blocking traffic.
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.