SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Bob Filner introduced the first two dozen appointments to his staff Monday, describing them as an energetic reflection of San Diego's diverse community.
The staff is half female, one-third Latino and 25 percent black, according to Filner.
He said more than half have worked for him before, either when he was in Congress or serving on the City Council. They have a confidence in each other and an understanding that he runs an "intense" operation, the mayor said.
"They all know what they're getting into," Filner said. "I think they have an energy and a competence that is unmatched."
The appointees include former Councilwoman Donna Frye, in charge of open government and transparency; longtime Filner aide Vince Hall, chief of staff; former H.G. Fenton executive Allen Jones, deputy chief of staff; Nelson
Hernandez, deputy chief operating officer; and Irene McCormack, communications director.
The city's chief operating officer, Jay Goldstone, is a holdover from the Jerry Sanders administration who agreed to stay on during the transition. Filner said Goldstone has warned him his departure could come sooner than expected.
A national search is under way for a chief operating officer and a chief financial officer, Filner said.
He said he also planned to hire executives to oversee energy, housing and veterans employment issues.
A 65-year-old former Valley Center High School security guard was behind bars Friday on suspicion of online child sexual exploitation, authorities reported.
A group of conservative activists and parents whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants held a rally in San Ysidro Friday in support of increased security at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A 20-year-old hit-and-run driver who was behind the wheel of a sedan that rear-ended a car at high speech in Mission Valley before slamming into several trees -- killing one of his three passengers -- was sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison.
The Support the Enlisted Project and San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey helped a group of military families on Friday with shopping for holiday gifts and household necessities.
It is the most wonderful time of the year at the San Diego Zoo. It is time for Jungle Bells when the zoo transforms into a wonderland of twinkling lights, merry performances, food and fun. The event runs from December 14 through January 6th.
Juvenile arrest rates in San Diego County are the lowest they've been in a decade, according to a report released by the San Diego Association of Governments.
Jury deliberations begin Friday in the trial of a former Yuma police officer accused of raping a woman in San Diego.
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A looming, partial government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday.
Onshore flow returns Friday, bringing cooler, more seasonal temperatures. Slightly warmer Saturday as onshore flow weakens under high pressure.