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Bob Filner, a Democrat, is US Congressional representative for California’s 51st district – areas such as the Imperial County and southern regions of San Diego County. Filner taught history at San Diego State University and then served as President of the San Diego Board of Education, as well as the San Diego City Council. He was elected representative in 2007, and serves on the House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Pension Reform: Filner opposed Prop B leading up to the primary election and until a few weeks after. Instead, he said the pension shortfall can be fixed by refinancing the current pension debt at a lower interest rate and reducing the annual payment over the next few years. Then, in July, he no longer touted the plan, saying he would work to implement Prop B, even though he doesn't believe it will save the city money.

Infrastructure: Filner publicly announced his plan to pay for city transportation and infrastructure projects using federal funding.

Education: Filner has released a multi-step plan for education reform that would better coordinate city services for children with the district's services.

Construction projects: Filner has floated the idea of public ownership of the Chargers to help pay for a new football stadium.

Job Creation: Filner's major idea for growing the local job economy is to turn San Diego's port into a "Global Maritime Center," and invest in more renewable energy projects.

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Mar 8, 2013

Filner Faces Off Against Hotel Industry

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Mar 18, 2013

Community Street Market Opens in Logan Heights

Community Street Market Opens in Logan Heights

San Diego’s Logan Heights neighborhood celebrated the opening of a new, community-centric street market... Read »

Mar 18, 2013

Chicano Park Officially a Historical Place

Chicano Park Officially a Historical Place

Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park is officially on the National Register for Historic Places, city leaders... Read »

Mar 15, 2013

Filner Threatens Boycott of Time Warner Cable

Mayor Bob Filner weighed in on the Time Warner Cable issue, saying it s unfair for the company to withhold... Watch »

Mar 14, 2013

Former Candidate, Mayor's Office Scuffle

Carl DeMaio is taking sharp issue with Mayor Bob Filner's plan to boost Donna Frye's employment status Watch »

Mar 14, 2013

Customers, Mayor Plead for Padres on Time Warner

Customers, Mayor Plead for Padres on Time Warner

A few Time Warner Cable customers pleaded with their cable company at a San Diego City Hall meeting on... Read »

Mar 14, 2013

Mayor Filner Gets an Attorney

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner discusses the process of hiring an attorney to represent him in the legal... Watch »

Mar 14, 2013

Hotel Surtax for Convention Center Goes to Courtroom Arguments

Hotel Surtax for Convention Center Goes to Courtroom Arguments

Opponents of the controversial funding scheme behind the proposed expansion of San Diego's convention... Read »

Mar 13, 2013

Voters Cast Ballots in 40th District Special Primary

Voters Cast Ballots in 40th District Special Primary

The 40th state Senate district seat is open after Juan Vargas won Mayor Bob Filner's vacant 51st District... Read »

Mar 12, 2013

Judge Rules on Hotel Surcharge to Fund Convention Center Expansion

Judge Rules on Hotel Surcharge to Fund Convention Center Expansion

A San Diego judge issued a tentative ruling Monday in support of hotel room-rate surcharges as a way to... Read »

Mar 11, 2013

Council to Vote on Capital Improvement Plan

Council to Vote on Capital Improvement Plan

The San Diego City Council will vote for a $35 million Capital Improvement program aimed at addressing... Read »

Mar 11, 2013

New Pot Dispensaries Could Prevent Theft

New Pot Dispensaries Could Prevent Theft

There could soon be a new way to sell medical marijuana in San Diego. Read »

Mar 8, 2013

Biz of Selling San Diego to Tourists on Hold

Biz of Selling San Diego to Tourists on Hold

On Friday, one of the industry’s leaders said if funds aren’t released the likelihood of the San Diego... Read »

Mar 8, 2013

Judge to Expedite Ruling on Hotel Surcharge Funds

Judge to Expedite Ruling on Hotel Surcharge Funds

A San Diego judge agreed to expedite a decision on whether the City of San Diego should release millions... Read »

Mar 5, 2013

Filner: I Won't Get Zealous Representation

Mayor Bob Filner talks with the media outside court Tuesday as he explains why he will request money to... Watch »

Mar 5, 2013

FOX Sports San Diego and Time Warner Still at Odds

FOX Sports San Diego and Time Warner Still at Odds

Padres Games Still Not Available On TWC Read »

Mar 5, 2013

Locals Rally Against Gun Violence

Locals Rally Against Gun Violence

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at a local church Saturday afternoon to rally against gun violence. Read »

Mar 4, 2013

Goldsmith: My Client is The City of San Diego

More than a week after the mayor crashed his news conference, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith talks with NBC... Watch »

Mar 1, 2013

Jan Goldsmith: My Client Is the City of San Diego

Jan Goldsmith: My Client Is the City of San Diego

San Diego's City Attorney discusses his very public exchange with Mayor Bob Filner. Read »

Mar 1, 2013

SD Pension Reform Process Facing Higher Costs, Delays

SD Pension Reform Process Facing Higher Costs, Delays

San Diego's City Council next week will take a close look at a born-again municipal pension system that’s... Read »

Feb 28, 2013

Mayor Bob Filner's Remarks at Lily Pond

Mayor Bob Filner explains how he spends most evenings in Balboa Park, that he thinks better near the... Watch »

Feb 25, 2013

City Hall Power Struggle Gets Personal

City Hall Power Struggle Gets Personal

After a heated face-to-face confrontation between their mayor and city attorney, San Diegans might well... Read »

Feb 22, 2013

City Government Officials Spar in Public

Mayor Bob Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith got in a heated discussion, prompting concern city... Watch »

Feb 21, 2013

Mayor, City Attorney in Political Tug o' War

Mayor, City Attorney in Political Tug o' War

The two San Diego city officials took a disagreement between how to spend a special tax and aired the... Read »

Feb 21, 2013

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