Sanders: Will Close Deals

It’s Jerry Sanders’ seventh and last State of the City address as Mayor of San Diego

By Nina Martensson
|  Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:23 AM PDT
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Sanders: Will Close Deals

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Jerry Sanders delivers his final State of the City address as Mayor of San Diego.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders delivered his final State of the City address on Wednesday night.

The theme was “fearlessness” and "closing the deal."

Mayor Sanders entered the stage at Balboa Theatre to "Hells Bells" and said San Diegans are at a moment when we need to embrace the Trevor Hoffman inside all of us.

He went on to outline how the city's budget deficit is a fraction of the size it was two years ago.

Mayor Sanders said the city is better off financially because of reduced retiree health costs, reformed pensions, pay cuts and a reduced staff.

He also passed along news that thanks to generous donations, the city now has enough money to complete construction on a downtown library.

“The plan I propose in April will clear the path for a 5-year forecast that shows balanced budgets for the foreseeable future, and, with the city council's support, our structural deficit will finally be solved,” said Mayor Sanders.

To maintain momentum, Mayor Sanders says he's giving a challenge to the innovative community on Friday and enlisting San Diegans to create apps that enhance the understanding of the region.

The prize: $50,000.

Click here to read the entire State of the City address.

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