SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to make his first "State of the City" address Tuesday.
The speech is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Balboa Theatre in Horton Plaza.
Filner succeeded Jerry Sanders as mayor on Dec. 3 after 20 years representing the South Bay in Congress. He won November's election over then-Councilman Carl DeMaio by running on a platform of steering political power away from downtown interests and toward neighborhoods throughout the city.
Filner is faced with several challenges in his first year at the city's helm.
The city needs to address a higher crime rate, upgrade its communications equipment and increase staffing in the police and fire departments, at a time when a surplus once projected for the next fiscal year has been wiped out. Bond repayments on some major projects that had been paid with redevelopment revenues in the past will now come from San Diego's general fund -- which pays for basic government services.
Also, the city's required pension contribution for its employees came in higher than expected for the next fiscal year.
Filner served on the San Diego City Council and the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education before he was elected to Congress.
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