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 suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
Fire crews responded to a fully involved building fire in the 7000 block of Amherst Drive in Rolando.
The woman fatally shot at an Oceanside apartment Friday afternoon was identified as a Navy corpsman, and a suspect is in custody.
Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at Comic-Con with an army of stars, surprises and new footage from films like "Aquaman," ''Shazam!" and even "Wonder Woman 1984," which is only three and a half weeks into production.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
Fire crews have reached full containment of a wildfire that spread over hilly rural terrain east of Ramona Friday afternoon, officials said.
A strong high pressure ridge will slowly strengthen and expand, putting Southern California underneath it's dome of hot air.
For years, Honor Flight San Diego has fulfilled its mission to fly San Diego’s war heroes to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their service.
Day two of Comic-Con has come and gone, but tens of thousands of people are still hitting the streets of downtown San Diego – pumping thousands of dollars into the local economy.
A 2-year-old girl is in the hospital Friday with serious injuries after she fell from a fourth-floor window at an apartment complex in San Diego's University City neighborhood, police said.