Saturday was Todd Gloria's first full day as San Diego's interim mayor after Bob Filner's resignation became official on Friday.
Gloria was on the job today at the sand sculpting competition along the Embarcadero.
One of his first acts was to stop a Jack in the Box project which former Mayor Filner had approved just before leaving office. However, Gloria said there was a lot of work to be done.
He explained that the city's staff had been micromanaged and not allowed to go about their usual business. Gloria said this ended yesterday and that he will empower city staff to do their jobs.
"The CEO of the city is supposed to set the tone and direction, which really wasn't being done before," said Gloria. "Now that is being done, and I think we're going to get a lot accomplished in the coming months."
On Monday, Gloria plans to tour local beaches with Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts. He’ll be observing lifeguards as they protect the beaches on the Labor Day holiday.
“San Diego’s beaches and bays welcome thousands of locals and visitors over Labor Day weekend, and I look forward to seeing how our lifeguards keep us all safe,” said Gloria. “Public safety must always be the City’s top priority, and lifeguards perform tremendous rescues daily.”
Officially, Gloria said his work as interim mayor will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
“We have been working on a list of pending items," Gloria told previously NBC 7 San Diego. "I think it will get longer. Well start attacking it one-by-one. The days of sliding backward are over."
Meanwhile, the Nov. 19 election for the mayor's seat had some new advancements Friday as City Attorney Mike Aguirre joined the race.