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We have the recording of Filner’s speech below, but here are some highlights:
• Filner referred to current Mayor Jerry Sanders, a project supporter, as “my predecessor as mayor.”
• He questioned the project’s financing by wondering what happen if the tech company Jacobs’ founded, Qualcomm, lost its value. Or what would happen if “Irwin dies.” After a beat Filner added, “Heaven forbid.”
• Filner coached the crowd to taunt his mayoral opponent, City Councilman Carl DeMaio. As DeMaio watched from the dais, Filner warned that the city’s bill for the project might grow. Filner said he’d call that situation “The Carl DeMaio tax.” Then he turned to the audience to do a call-and-response. “What are we going to call it?” Filner asked. “The Carl DeMaio tax,” the crowd responded. (DeMaio, who is
famously anti-tax and was hot and cold about the Jacobs project during the campaign, voted in favor.)
• Filner attempted and failed numerous times to say the word “unmitigable,” a reference to the profound effects the project might have on the park. That resulted in this, according to our Kelly Bennett, who was in the room.
• Filner closed his speech by wondering what Balboa Park maven Kate Sessions would think of Jacobs’ proposal. (
Sessions died in 1940.) Filner then said, “Holy mackerel, she’s here!” Up walked a Sessions look-alike dressed in period garb. The look-alike first clarified that she was not, in fact, Sessions. She added she was opposed to the plan.
the full video of Filner’s speech:
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