SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - She's considered the most recognizable face to now be in the San Diego mayoral race. Former State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana officially announced during a Thursday morning news conference that she'll challenge Mayor Kevin Faulconer in the June primary and also said that she has what it takes to defeat the incumbent.
"I keep my eyes on the prize which is San Diego, my hometown. Mr. Faulconer's eyes are on the eyes on another prize. He is becoming a Dean Spanos and will up and move to a bigger media market as soon as the opportunity arises,” said Saldana.
Saldana, 57, enters the race as an independent. She left the Democratic Party in 2014 following disputes with local leaders and a growing antipathy for party politics. She has gotten a late start against Mayor Faulconer who is a popular incumbent.
Faulconer has been all but unopposed since Gretchen Newsom, political director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in San Diego, ended her campaign in early December for personal reasons.
Saldana has not raised any campaign money yet and will depend on a grass roots movement.
During the news conference, she also talked about her belief that Faulconer's vision for the city is too narrow, emphasizing that her focus is on income equality, affordable housing and strengthening San Diego's infrastructure, adding that there wasn’t enough done to prevent flood damage during the recent El Niño storms.
"Our infrastructure is not up to the current climate change issues and if this mayor thinks a cost benefit analysis is the answer, he is wrong,” continued Saldana.
Saldana signed a pledge saying if elected she'd stay in office all four years and urges Mayor Faulconer to do the same.
Saldana grew up in Clairemont and graduated from San Diego State University with both a bachelor's degree and master's degree. She also taught business information technology at her atalma mater, and coached basketball and field hockey at several schools. She served in the California State Assembly from 2004-2010.
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Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, 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.