As San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria’s 100th day in office approaches, the local leader reflected on the progress made so far and looked ahead to combatting issues the city continues to face.
"Normally politicians will use the 100-day mark to tout all the great things they say that they have done," Mayor Gloria said at a press conference Thursday at the San Diego Municipal Gym. "But as I look around me this morning, it’s clearer than ever to me that this 100-day mark shouldn’t only be about what we have done; it’s an opportunity to take account of all the things that we still must do."
The Mayor of America's Finest City recognized the city needs to improve help for individuals experiencing homelessness, address rising gun violence, work on city infrastructure, fight climate change and "reimagine policing to match the community’s needs and expectations in the 21st century."
“Our crumbling streets, sidewalks, storm water systems will take billions of dollars to keep from falling in further disrepair and we must do better to make more housing available and more affordable," Gloria said. "We must reimagine policing in our communities. We must create better pathways for homeless San Diegans to find a place to truly call home. We must protect our environment against climate change, we must support our working families and most importantly, we must get San Diego back to work."
Saturday marks the mayor's 100th day as San Diego's leader and since that timeframe, nearly 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, a search has been initiated for a new Chief of Office of Race and Equity and the homeless shelter's tenure at the San Diego Convention Center was extended through the end of March among other highlights.
“To date, Mayor Gloria has taken critical steps to stabilize a city in the midst of a pandemic and tackle major issues left behind by the prior administration,” his office said in a statement announcing the press conference. “He took the reins with a commitment to improve the lives of San Diegans in every neighborhood through the creation of a more equitable City government.”