Mayor Bob Filner hasn’t promised world peace, but don’t put it past him. He’s been the prince of pledges and a dreamer to boot, with visions not of sugar plums but of ending homelessness and a bus system with the efficiency of a subway.
So which is which — a promise, or a thing that would be nice? Our Liam Dillon breaks it down for you, focusing on the happy talk and the reality regarding three Filner-ian promises about the port, solar power and diversity in hiring.
• Filner dropped by City Heights last week to attend a rally to support a new park for skateboarders. We were there. “I was just elected by the people of neighborhoods who were tired of not getting things they have deserved while downtown gets hundreds of millions of dollars, and we’re going to change that,” he told a crowd of teens.
He even came up with one clunky slogan: “Skate se puede.” (“Se peude” means “we can.”) The challenge, as always, is money. A skate park could possibly cost millions of dollars.