On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney’s office announced charges against two individuals in a complex campaign finance scheme. And the local political and media worlds exploded.

Statement: “In a Democratic city where Republicans are actually a third party behind independents, we outperformed Republican Party registration by 21 percent,” former mayoral candidate and Councilman Carl DeMaio wrote in a Nov. 16 op-ed in the Orange County Register. Determination: True

The former mayoral candidate says he’s ‘ready to help’ Mayor-Elect Bob Filner but will be working in the private sector.

Scott Lewis and Will Carless recap the election.

Mayor-elect Bob Filner has fewer than 30 days to make plans and new hires, a rapid changing of the guard that former city officials admit they never considered.