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Cory Briggs confirmed late Tuesday night that he is ending his campaign for mayor of San Diego. "Four months of campaigning reminds me how much better I am at practicing law than politics," he said in a written statement that he indicated will be his only statement.

Briggs's exit is as surprising as his announcement that he decided to run for mayor the day after Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City speech. In January, Faulconer declared himself a development-loving YIMBY (though he lives in the coastal zone where height limits are protected)- and no one else in power seemed concerned.

It was a move many saw as an attempt by Faulconer to make himself attractive to the state Republican party, but Briggs took it — and the lack of a critical reaction — as a call to arms. “The mayor’s speech was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ve been fighting these knuckleheads at city hall since 2002 and they just do one dumb thing after another,” he told me. Briggs talked about homelessness and the city's financial state - including the staggering pension debt and called on the city to increase Transit Occupancy Taxes on hotel guests.

Briggs won support from neighborhoods that the real estate industry and YIMBYs hope to push out of planning and land use discussions. He led the charge against the city council vote to relieve developers of the requirement to provide parking for the multifamily housing they build if it's within a half mile of a bus stop — or the planned site for a transit stop in the next five years.

Last week, he filed a lawsuit to block the ordinance, saying its impacts should have been studied under the California Environmental Quality Act. Briggs never filed nomination papers, but the deadline for November 2020 election falls between 89 and 118 days before the election, more than a year from now. Briggs notified the other declared candidates:
Assemblyman Todd Gloria, City Councilmember Barbary Bry and community advocate Tasha Williamson via text Tuesday but has not yet informed his supporters.

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Cassander May 15, 2019 @ 11:11 a.m.

A sad but not unexpected result, as the fix was in by the corrupt establishment to freeze Briggs out as even a candidate.

But as the saying goes, there're none more free than those with nothing to lose. Let's hope this obvious sabotage by the crony Rep/Dem univocal local party turbocharges Briggs in dismantling their cynical and self-serving projects.


nospokenword May 16, 2019 @ 12:47 p.m.

I wish Briggs would go away. He has to be one of the most hated people in the city. I'm sure he "four months campaigning" showed him that. Rather than take the hint, he continues to file b.s. lawsuits and slow down development in the city. What a piece of work.


JustWondering May 16, 2019 @ 2:43 p.m.

I suspect he will do more good challenging the status quo via the courthouse. Having a watchdog with some bite, is certainly more desirable than an impotent, just go along program press. In San Diego this is especially true of our local, do nothing but kiss up to advertisers, newspaper.


Visduh May 19, 2019 @ 7:19 p.m.

Briggs and Mike Aguirre along with Maria Severson are doing more than just about anyone to try to keep the local pols halfway honest. While many commenters attempt to draw party lines around local wrongdoing and double dealing, it isn't a party issue at all. There is and has long been a local insider establishment that favors certain civic priorities and that wants to eliminate others. The Reader and a few other local watchdogs (not the U-T!) attempt to draw attention to the abuses and waste of taxpayer funds. But someone has to care enough to file lawsuits and pursue them to a conclusion. Those "someones" are few and far between. Cory Briggs is one of them, and should be treated with gratitude by every SD city resident. (His reach goes beyond the city, although the city keeps up enough nonsense to keep him fully occupied.) If his talent is litigation on behalf of the city taxpayers and residents, more power to him. There is no end of things that are corrupt and misguided in city government.


lourodolico May 24, 2019 @ 9:42 p.m.

The Gloria machine is locking things down but Briggs would have made the mayors race more interesting. He is showing as running for City Attorney, I think he would get more votes there. Cory has the ability to raise issues that will educate us about government.


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