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    For Mayor Jerry Sanders’ final State of the City address, I wanted to make sure I got some new, interesting images that would tell the story of the evening.

    I’ve attended each of Sanders’ seven speeches, either as a reporter or photographer, and it’s always a challenge trying to find a fresh perspective.

    Tonight, I tried to tell the story of this finale. Here’s what I came up with while spending time with Sanders backstage and roaming the crowd during his speech.


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    Photo by Sam Hodgson
    Sanders’ security detail guards the entrance to his green room.

     

     

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    Sanders’ chief of staff, Julie Dubick, brushes off his jacket before the mayor heads to the stage.

     

     

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    Sanders greets visitors backstage.

     

     

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    Sanders heads to the stage.

     

     

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    Pianist Joshua White performs before the speech.

     

     

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    Sanders came on stage after a video introduction that included music Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and AC/DC’s “Hells Bells.”

     

     

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    Sanders laughs excitedly after taking the stage.

     

     

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    Occupy San Diego protester Mike Garcia is handcuffed after the group interrupted Sanders’ opening remarks.

     

     

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    There was a stronger police presence at the theater due to the Occupy San Diego protesters.

     

     

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    Sanders gestures during his speech. This is his last State of the City address.

     

     

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    Seats are reserved for the mayor’s staff.

     

     

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    The mayor takes a sip of water during his speech.

     

     

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    Sanders reads from a teleprompter.

     

     

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    Sanders delivered his speech in the Balboa Theatre.

     

     

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    Sanders is pictured on a video screen near the rear of the theater.

     

     

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    The mayor exits the stage after his final State of the City address.

     

     

    Photo by Sam Hodgson
    Attendees exit the theater after Sanders’ final State of the City address.

     

    I’m a freelance photojournalist and contributor to voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact me at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com and check out my work on my website.

      This article relates to: Government, News

      Written by Sam Hodgson

      Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com and check out his work on his website: http://www.samhodgsonphotography.com/singles.

      6 comments
      Linda Parsick
      Linda Parsick subscriber

      think maybe a strong mayor is not the way to go.

      lplajolla
      lplajolla

      think maybe a strong mayor is not the way to go.

      Terri Mitchell
      Terri Mitchell subscriber

      Stadium!!!! I think not. We can't even drive on our streets with holes and damaging our cars. Residential areas that were promised updating on their streets have never been done, i.e. in the College Area 50-60 years ago it was promised and HUD gave the City money to fix it, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens and others have been upgraded. Absolutely not for a football stadium.

      tyke
      tyke

      Stadium!!!! I think not. We can't even drive on our streets with holes and damaging our cars. Residential areas that were promised updating on their streets have never been done, i.e. in the College Area 50-60 years ago it was promised and HUD gave the City money to fix it, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens and others have been upgraded. Absolutely not for a football stadium.