It was Saturday, Aug. 31. No Republican had announced his or her intention to run to replace Mayor Bob Filner, whose term in office ended quietly the night before.
A group of about 30 of the city’s most influential conservatives and right-of-center business representatives assembled at developer Tom Sudberry’s La Jolla estate.
Doug Manchester, publisher of U-T San Diego, came. Jerry Sanders, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and the former mayor was there. As was Sanders’ former chief of staff, Kris Michell, who is now CEO of the Downtown Partnership.
Bill Geppert, the head of the emergent Business Leadership Alliance, attended, as did Tony Krvaric, chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party and Kelly Burt, the businessman and chairman of the New Majority San Diego, a fiscal conservative action group. Bill Lynch, the chairman of the Lincoln Club, was also there.