Council district and mayoral elections made 2012 the year of campaign promises in City Heights. District 9 Councilwoman Marti Emerald and former Mayor Bob Filner hit the campaign trail together, rallying the community with promises to build a skate park, let kids ride the bus for free and fix persistent infrastructure problems.
Filner’s promise-fulfilling days were ultimately cut short by sexual harassment allegations and, later, his resignation. But Emerald and her staff have proven to be quite the cleanup crew, wrestling chunks of money from the city’s coffers to make good on those campaign promises.
Borrowing a phrase from City Heights advocate Randy Van Vleck, “2013 was the year of funding” for Mid-City residents.
What that money is doing now: