Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s new-found neighborhood obsession dominated his Monday inauguration.
He emphasized how neighborhoods will drive his administration. He touted strategies to revitalize neighborhoods lacking smooth streets and ample grocery stores. Oh, and the whole thing went down at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in the Encanto area, marking what Faulconer called the first inauguration ceremony held in southeastern San Diego.
If Faulconer’s inauguration speech sounded familiar, it should.
It was remarkably similar to the speech Bob Filner gave more than a year ago when he was sworn in as mayor.
Here are some key excerpts from Faulconer and Filner’s remarks immediately after they were sworn in.
Faulconer on neighborhoods: “I firmly believe that San Diego’s next chapter will be written in communities just like this one. Many San Diego neighborhoods have struggled to get the attention at City Hall and our families have been hit hard by one of the worst recessions in our city’s history, yet I believe underserved neighborhoods provide us the greatest hope for our future.”
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That the neighborhood rhetoric has passed from Filner to Faulconer has been well noted. I'm curious if any of Filner's economic connection with Tijuana has also been picked up. Any sign?
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. If he's different, he's going to have to prove it. I'd bet that the potholes in Pt. Loma and around the S.D.Y.C. get fixed first. And I won't hold my breath until he raises the minimum wage in the city. Sorry, I'd like to think different, but I'm afraid he's just another run of the mill republican.
My wife and I attended. It was mercifully short. To me the two highlights were that Kevin's daughter Lauren led the pledge of allegiance and that he didn't say a single word about the Convention Center or the Chargers.
Nice speech, also reasonably short, but you have to wonder what he's really thinking as the majority of the council seems bound and determined to put a Democrat, ANY Democrat, in the seat he's vacating so they'll have a veto-proof majority for their agenda. I don't think the sweetness and light is likely to last very long. I fear he'll veto some stuff, they'll override and he'll respond by leading a referendum effort like the one the council faces on the linkage fee and Barrio Logan.