He laid out his agenda as one of his last acts as acting mayor. And for the next 12 months, Councilman Todd Gloria’s to-do list not only set the political debate, it shaped what post-Filner discourse will look like in San Diego.
It wasn’t just “neighborhoods first,” but a progressive vision for San Diego organized around a few major issues. Two major elements of Gloria’s platform — raising the minimum wage and passing an aggressive plan to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions — comprised San Diego’s biggest policy discussions.
He made the fight against income inequality the top issue for local progressives.
“The high cost of living, coupled with growing income inequality, is a threat to our ability to build a great city,” he said during his State of the City address. “San Diego must not be divided between the very wealthy and the very poor. A great city must have a vibrant and growing middle class.”