|Interim Mayor of San Diego|
August 30, 2013
|Preceded by||Bob Filner|
|Member of the San Diego City Council from the 3rd district|
December 8, 2008
|Preceded by||Toni Atkins|
May 10, 1978 |
San Diego, California
|Residence||San Diego, California|
|Alma mater||University of San Diego|
|Website||City Council District 3 Website|
Todd Gloria (born May 10, 1978) is an American elected official in San Diego, California. He serves as the interim Mayor of San Diego. In addition to serving as interim mayor, Gloria is a City Council member representing District 3 and serves as president of the nine-member Council. He was elected to a four-year City Council term in 2008; he was re-elected and chosen as council president in 2012. He is a Democrat, although city council positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.
Life and career
Gloria is a third generation San Diegan, all four of his grandparents having moved to San Diego because of their involvement with the military. He has described his ethnic background in an interview as being: "[b]asically half Native American (Tlingit-Haida, an Alaskan tribe), a quarter Filipino and then a little bit of Dutch and Puerto Rican."
He grew up in the Clairemont neighborhood and attended Madison High School. He was interested in politics from childhood. At age 10 he was runner-up in a "mayor for a day" contest. At 14 he volunteered to work for Democratic candidates in the 1992 election.
Gloria graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego, with majors in history and political science. While a student at USD, Gloria was active in the effort to add "sexual orientation" to the campus nondiscrimination policy.
U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis has been his political mentor ever since they first met in 1993, when Gloria was a high school freshman and Davis was the director of a leadership and cross-cultural understanding program for high school students. In 2002, Gloria became Davis's district director, a position he held until being elected to the city council in 2008.
While working for Davis, Gloria also served as a San Diego Housing Commissioner from 2005 until 2008. Openly gay, he is also a former chairman of the San Diego LGBT Community Center and was a resident panelist on San Diego's Prostitution Impact Panel.
San Diego City Council
Gloria ran for the District 3 seat vacated by the termed-out Toni Atkins in the 2008 election. He received a plurality of votes in the June 2008 primary election, leading to a November run off election against fellow Democrat Stephen Whitburn, a former journalist, community activist and ally of then District 6 councilmember Donna Frye. Gloria defeated Whitburn with 54.3% of the vote.
In the 2012 election, Gloria ran for re-election unopposed and was re-elected in the June primary. As of his second term, District 3 includes the neighborhoods of Balboa Park, Bankers Hill/Park West, Downtown San Diego, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, North Park, Old Town, and University Heights.  In December 2012, at its first meeting after new members took office, Gloria was unanimously elected to serve as Council President, replacing retiring President Tony Young.
Gloria has been chair of the city's Budget and Finance Committee since 2011. Gloria represents San Diego on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board and SANDAG, where he chairs the transportation committee.
Upon the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner on August 30, 2013, Gloria became the interim mayor of San Diego, with limited powers. This makes San Diego the second largest city in the United States (after Houston) to currently have an openly gay mayor. He will serve until a new mayor is elected. While serving as interim mayor he remains the city councilmember for District 3 and retains the title of city council president; however, City Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner will carry out the duties of the council president. Gloria was considered a possible candidate to replace Filner, but Gloria did not run.
As interim mayor Gloria has reversed several of Filner's actions. In September 2013 he ordered city police and zoning code officers to resume enforcement actions against medical marijuana shops; in one of his first actions as mayor, Filner had ordered city staff to stop such enforcement. He also announced the city will re-hire lobbying firms in Sacramento and Washington that Filner had fired. He has ordered that public records be made more quickly and easily available to citizens, in contrast to the cumbersome centralized process established by Filner.
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|Mayor of San Diego, California (interim)