Bob Filner sworn in as San Diego’s 35th mayor

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Bob Filner was sworn in Monday as San Diego's 35th
mayor during a Balboa Park Club inauguration ceremony in which re-elected City
Attorney Jan Goldsmith and members of the City Council also took the oath of
office.

Filner, the former 10-term congressman from the South Bay, defeated
departing Councilman Carl DeMaio in last month's general election to succeed
Jerry Sanders. He based his campaign on giving power at City Hall to
neighborhoods, not what he called downtown special interests.

Filner previously served on the City Council and San Diego Unified
School District Board of Education and was a professor at San Diego State
University.

At his final news conference last week, Sanders said his staff has been
working closely with Filner's on the transition. He said he planned on having a
few beers this afternoon.

“My wife and I are going to focus on getting to know each other
again,” Sanders said. Rana Sampson left her job at the San Diego Center for
Children last week and the couple plans to spend three months in Italy early
next year.

Sanders will begin his new job as CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber
of Commerce when he returns.

Goldsmith was re-elected without opposition.

Returning council members sworn in were Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria and
Sherri Lightner. Gloria is expected to be named City Council president this
afternoon.

Newcomers Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman also took their seats on the
panel Monday.

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