SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Four present and incoming members of the San Diego City Council -- all of whom supported the pension reform initiative passed by voters last week -- endorsed Councilman Carl DeMaio for mayor Monday.
San Diego City Council President Pro-Tem Kevin Faulconer, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf and Councilman-elect Mark Kersey expressed their support for DeMaio as did Scott Sherman, who holds a slight majority in his council race with tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted.
DeMaio said he hopes to work with those four to form "a consensus on the City Council."
The councilman edged out Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, in last Tuesday's primary election, 31.9 percent to 30 percent. They face off again in the November general election to succeed termed-out Mayor Jerry Sanders.
Filner's campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Faulconer said he and DeMaio have found common ground on "fundamental and powerful principles" that San Diegans are uniting behind.
"This mayoral election presents a very clear choice between two candidates with very difference visions for San Diego," Faulconer said.
Zapf said DeMaio would continue with reforms that have resulted in balanced budgets, increasing core services and addressing deferred maintenance needs, "or we can have a return to the past -- past practices that got us in trouble in the first place."
Kersey, who ran unopposed, will fill DeMaio's seat on the council, representing Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. DeMaio decided not to run for re-election so he could devote his time for the mayoral campaign.
Sherman had 50.6 percent of the vote after Friday's count in his district -- needing just one vote over 50 percent to avoid a November runoff.
The four, along with DeMaio, were major backers of Proposition B, the pension overhaul measure that passed with the backing of two-thirds of the voters.
DeMaio said his team would provide "common-sense solutions" but promised not to ignore ideas that come from elsewhere.
"In my administration, we're going to reach out to Democrats, Republicans and independents," DeMaio said. "I will work collaboratively with the City Council and all city officials on a proactive agenda to tackle San Diego's challenges, to bring people together."
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.