RobbDogg's Rips

Serving the online community to bring awareness to political and social issues affecting Liberals and Progressives. Podcasts are posted every Monday morning and original commentaries are posted throughout the week.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Third San Diego Mayor In Four Days

I'm trying to keep this straight....

Dick Murphy resigned on Friday, and Councilman Michael Zucchet takes over on an interim basis on Saturday at 12:01am.

Today, Zucchet is found guilty of corruption charges , so Councilwoman Toni Atkins takes over until Tuesday. Next week, a new mayor will be elected pro term to serve until a new mayor is elected by a special election.

Got all that?

Atkins Takes Over As Acting San Diego Mayor

SAN DIEGO - San Diego got a new acting mayor Monday after San Diego City Councilman Michael Zucchet, who was sworn in Friday night, was found guilty of corruption.

Zucchet took over Saturday at 12:01 a.m. as interim mayor, a post he had to relinquish after being been convicted of felony charges. San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy stepped down Friday amid a widening federal investigation into the handling of the city's deficit-riddled pension fund.

At a grim City Council meeting Monday afternoon, the council's six remaining members put Councilwoman Toni Atkins in charge through Tuesday. The chairs where Murphy, Inzunza and Zucchet once sat were empty; their offices were closed. Next week, the council will elect another mayor pro tem to serve until a new mayor is sworn. A July 26 election is set to pick Murphy's permanent replacement -- though that election is expected to require a November runoff of the top two finishers.

Atkins was approved by the council by a 6-0 vote.

"Our heartfelt thoughts go out to our colleagues and their families at this difficult time," said Atkins after the vote.

"It's discouraging and sad news for the city of San Diego," she said. "But as public servants, we want the residents of San Diego to know that we will continue to stay focused on the issues of the day."

Zucchet's conviction, however, leaves the nation's seventh-biggest city rudderless at one of the most troubled points in its history. Murphy resigned and left office Friday, eight months into a second term he cut short to give the city a fresh start amid a widening federal probe of San Diego's deficit-ridden pension fund.



Post a Comment

<< Home