Former Mayor Bob Filner’s formal push to spur civic innovation endures despite the scandal that ended his mayoral tenure.
Interim mayor Todd Gloria opted to allow the Civic and Urban Initiatives program Filner advocated to continue with a new name and a few tweaks.
The effort – now dubbed the Civic Innovation Lab – will no longer report directly to the mayor’s office or be housed on the fourth floor of City Hall, which Filner once used as a metaphor for the city’s unfulfilled planning vision.
Instead, it’ll be supervised by Planning Director Bill Fulton, and six soon-to-be hired staffers will work somewhere outside the city’s civic complex, a change Gloria and others also suggested for symbolic reasons.
“The entire city should be an innovation city,” Fulton said. “We shouldn’t confine our efforts to one floor in City Hall.”
In coming weeks, Fulton and two UC San Diego professors serving as consultants on the project will rifle through the roughly 140 job applications that flowed in after the city posted job openings late last month. Fulton said he hopes to begin interviews soon and select two managers and four other staffers who will lead the effort.