Marti Emerald

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Marti Emerald
Member of San Diego City Council representing the Ninth District
In office
December 3, 2012 – December 12, 2016
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Georgette Gomez
Member of San Diego City Council representing the Seventh District
In office
December 2008 – December 3, 2012
Preceded by Jim Madaffer
Succeeded by Scott Sherman
Personal details
Born 1955
Political party Democratic
Residence San Diego, California
Alma mater National University

Marti Emerald (born 1955) is a California politician and former television journalist. She was a member of the San Diego City Council in San Diego, California. She represented San Diego's Council District 7 from 2008 to 2012[1] and Council District 9 from 2012 to 2016.[2] She is a Democrat, although City Council positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.


She is a graduate of National University and lives in the College Area. She was married to attorney Michael Klarfeld[3] until his death in 2011,[4] and she has one daughter. She married Karl Bradley in November 2014.

Television career[edit]

Before entering politics she was a television journalist for 30 years, including 22 years as the "Troubleshooter" (consumer advocate) at San Diego's ABC affiliate, KGTV. The program was popular, although she was sometimes accused of "ambush journalism".[5]

City Council[edit]

She was elected to represent Council District 7 in the 2008 election. In the June 2012 primary, Emerald was elected to represent the newly created Council District 9, effective December 2012.[6] District 9 is centered in City Heights and extends from Kensington and Talmadge to the north through City Heights down to Mountain View and Southcrest.

On the City Council she chairs the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee and also serves on the Natural Resources and Culture Committee and the Infrastructure Committee.[7] Her top priorities are voter registration, public safety, and redevelopment.[8]

Upon entering the San Diego City Council in 2008, Emerald was investigated for campaign ethics violations. She was eventually fined $3,000 for late reporting of two payments.[9]


  1. ^ "San Diego City Council Website". Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Garske, Monica (April 14, 2015). "City Councilwoman Marti Emerald Plans to Retire After Term Source:". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 25 February 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ Blair, Tom (August 2006). "Marti Emerald (interview)". San Diego Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Marti Emerald Announces Plans To Run For Re-Election". KPBS. August 26, 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Brass, Kevin (August 15, 1990). "TV Review: Move Over, Geraldo, Here Comes KGTV's Marti Emerald". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Marti Emerald Wins New District 9 Seat". KPBS. June 5, 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "City Council Committee Meetings". City of San Diego. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Reader's Guide to Marti Emerald". Voice of San Diego. April 9, 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ethics Commission fines councilwoman $3,000; Councilwoman Marti Emerald claims "victory" over Ethics Commission fine". Fox News 5 San Diego. April 29, 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2012.