ALL ABOUT THE 37TH MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO
As the 37th mayor of San Diego, Todd Gloria says that he is “driven every morning to make our city a better place for all of us.” Gloria won the election for San Diego mayor on November 4th of last year and was sworn into office on December 10th. As a man of Filipino, Dutch, Puerto Rican and Native American descent, Gloria is the first person of color to ever serve as the city’s mayor. He is also the first openly gay man to be elected to the position.
Gloria graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with majors in political science and history, and began his career serving the city at the County of San Diego Health and Human Services. After that, he served as the District Director to Congresswoman Susan A. Davis, whom he has credited as his mentor. In 2008 he was elected to the San Diego City Counsel in the 3rd District. He then went on to be elected as City Council President in 2012. In the following year, he became the interim mayor after the resignation of Bob Filner, where he is credited with restoring people’s trust in the city.
Gloria has promised aggressive policies to solve the problems of the city of San Diego; in his first one hundred days in office, he has made steps to do just that. In regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, he has signed an executive order to enforce public health measures. He held a town hall meeting centered around the pandemic and he has put in place an eviction pause for people and businesses struggling to pay rent. 42 million dollars have been dedicated to the rent relief program.
Homelessness has been a major problem the city of San Diego faces, and so far, Gloria has moved 322 homeless people into permanent housing units. He also extended Operation Shelter to Home through March 2021. This aid program used the San Diego Convention Center to house the homeless during the pandemic.
In regards to the border crisis, Gloria has appointed a new immigrant affairs manager and has established communication with the mayor of Tijuana, Mexico.
Todd Gloria has made significant strides towards his promises in his first one hundred days in office. Credited with “restoring trust in the city government,” Mayor Gloria is on the right track to making significant changes to the city of San Diego.