Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 | There’s a new City Council in San Diego, and a new leader at its helm who will deal with a host of issues, including the city’s multimillion dollar budget gap.
Ben Hueso, who was selected as council president by his peers in a 6-2 vote in December, will be the second person to hold that post.
A former city redevelopment staffer and business owner, Hueso was elected to the City Council in early 2006 to represent District 8, which includes the neighborhoods of Logan Heights and Barrio Logan and runs south to San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley. Hueso also serves on the California Coastal Commission.
He recently spoke with us about his new duties, the challenges ahead and his political future.
In taking the role of council president, are there any lessons you’re taking from Scott Peters, in terms of things you want to continue to do or things you’re looking to do differently?
Scott Peters was somebody that worked with council members to agendize items. He was very fair in that process. He also was very good about running a smooth meeting and meeting the needs of the constituents and finding a way to move the business of the city forward, even if it often meant compromise, and I think those were very good qualities to have when you’re running a big city and you need to move business forward.