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Happy Jason Mraz Day!

Hometown pop singer/songwriter Jason Mraz set to receive his own official day in San Diego

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Happy Jason Mraz Day!

Eric S. Page

In addition to a plaque recognizing Aug. 19, 2014, as Jason Mraz Day, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave the singer-songwriter some official mayor's office guitar picks to go home with

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Mayor Proclaims Jason Mraz Day

San Diego said "Yes" on Tuesday when Mayor Kevin Faulconer proclaimed Aug. 19 to officially be Jason Mraz Day.
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It's finally here, San Diego: The mayor of America's Finest City, Kevin Faulconer declared Tuesday to be Jason Mraz Day in the city of San Diego.

The announcement -- which the mayor surprised Mr. A to Z with -- serves as recognition of Mraz's international success in the music world, as well as his humanitarian efforts. A formal presentation began at 3 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Faulconer's downtown office.

"Jason, on behalf of all of us here in the city of San Diego, we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming tour, and it is my pleasure to declare today, on behalf of of the citizens of San Diego, Aug. 19, 2014, to be Jason Mraz Day," Faulconer said, to applause from the crowd.

Mraz seemed surprised and pleased by the presentation, taking questions from reporters for 20 minutes or so, talking about his work supporting the LGBT community and environmental causes.

"A little surprised .... honored -- as you know, I was not born and raised in San Diego," Mraz said about the recognition. "I chose to as my home in 1999.... I'm honored that you would consider me  a San Diegan and take time out to say that."

About 30 people, including Mraz's band, joined the mayor in his office for the announcement. Faulconer at one point interrupted the Q&A to note that the proceedings were his favorite type of mayoral announcement, where he had very little to say.

When Mraz was asked what if felt like to hear that Paul McCartney -- who will be performing at Petco Park on Aug. 28 -- told a reporter he was listening to Jason Mraz when the former Beatle was asked who was on his playlist, the Encinitas resident said it "makes me feel like it's Jason Mraz Day."

It's not the first time the city council has declared an official day with San Diego musical ties -- earlier this year, interim mayor Todd Gloria declared Jan. 14 as Casbah Day, amid the iconic club's 25th anniversary monthlong celebration.

Mraz, the pop singer/songwriter who got his start here in in 2000, just released his fifth studio album (and first-ever all acoustic record), "Yes!" on July 15. He rose to stardom in 2002 with "The Remedy," a huge hit single off his major-label debut, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," and didn't stop there; after opening for artists such as Alanis Morissette and Rob Thomas early on, he quickly set out on his own worldwide headlining tours.
 
The song "I'm Yours," off Mraz's 2008 full-length release, "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.,"became his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately spent 76 weeks on the chart. Mraz won two Grammy awards in 2010 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (for "Make It Mine") and Best Pop Collaboration ("Lucky," with Colbie Caillat) and has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.
 
Rivaling his musical efforts, Mraz is also an active philanthropist, spotlighting such issues as the environment (establishing the Jason Mraz Foundation in 2011), human rights (participating in a 2009 Ghana rescue mission with the Free the Slaves international nonprofit) and LGBT equality. He received the Clean Water Award in 2010 from the Surfrider Foundation for helping to preserve the world's oceans and beaches.
 
So, happy Jason Mraz Day, San Diego: It's a fitting commemoration for a true hometown role model.

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