New San Diego Mayor Bob Filner called his appearance Thursday at a rally for a skate park in City Heights one of his “first official acts.”
Filner ran on a neighborhoods-first campaign, saying he would redistribute development and infrastructure dollars from downtown to the city’s other neighborhoods. Now in office, he’s turning City Heights’ years-long fight to build a skate park into a poster child for that platform.
“I was just elected by the people of neighborhoods who were tired of not getting things they have deserved while downtown gets hundreds of millions of dollars, and we’re going to change that,” Filner told a crowd of mostly teenagers. “We are going to bring things into this neighborhood that you deserve and we may as well start with a skate park.”