It was a good day to be Tony Young.
Feted by all his colleagues on the San Diego City Council and sworn in to a new four-year term, Young became City Council president yesterday, a role he seemed destined for especially after things broke his way in last month’s elections.
Young, who represents the city’s southeastern neighborhoods, promised a renewed focus on the budget problems. There could be at least one council discussion each week on the city’s $70-plus million ongoing deficit, Young said, adding he would consider his time in office a failure if the city’s deficits weren’t erased.
Young’s colleagues elected him unanimously to be council president, the city’s third in its history, after laying the praise on thick.
“When it comes to a gentleman who just has integrity, Tony Young is the model,” said Councilman Kevin Faulconer.
Aside from just liking the guy, council members had their own reasons to praise Young. The council presidency is considered one of the city’s top three positions along with the mayor and city attorney roles. Here’s how my former colleague David Washburn described the council presidency’s duties in 2008: