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Mayoral hopeful Bob Filner yesterday released a multi-point education plan that focuses on increasing the city’s involvement in the lives of children and families away from school, as well as developing closer connections to various local agencies that have responsibility for local schoolchildren.

“There is a clear need for mayoral leadership in this area,” said Filner in The Daily Transcript. “Locally my governing mantra will be a city, not just a school system, but a city has to be responsible for its children.”

Filner explained that three different agencies with little coordination are responsible for students’ daily lives: San Diego Unified School District focuses on education while the city is responsible for safety and recreation and the county handles health and social service issues. His plan calls for the creation of a youth development office that would identify gaps in service and opportunities for the different entities to collaborate.

Other items in Filner’s plan call for the creation of an internship and apprentice program for teens and young adults, restoration of a 2000 ordinance directing six percent of the city’s general fund dollars to libraries, establishing a San Diego Education Foundation to raise money for schools, and the issuance of free student transit passes to use Metropolitan Transit System buses and trolleys to get to and from school.

City Council president Tony Young attended Filner’s press conference and backed the plan. This is his third such appearance, as he also showed up in support of a plan presented by third-place primary finisher Nathan Fletcher and again last month to show approval for Filner opponent Carl DeMaio’s call for an education stakeholder summit to address disparities in school performance between council districts. Young, however, has yet to actually endorse a candidate, saying he’s “trying to push the issues” by withholding his endorsement for the time being.

Filner, whose political career started on the San Diego Unified school board, didn’t leave the conference without a potshot at DeMaio, who he says has only recently begun talking about education as a means to appeal to moderate voters.

“Show me a statement in four years as a councilmember where he ever said education is important,” he said. “He discovers these things after four years, so I don’t trust anything he says.”

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bonitaresident Sept. 7, 2012 @ 3:53 p.m.

This will be the first time that I will not be voting for Bob Filner. I live in the small city of Bonita, Ca and am thoroughly disgusted by his refusal to do put partisan politics aside and declare his outrage at what is occurring in the Sweetwater district issues. The only interest he seems to have had in education down here in our parts is rumored to be Mrs. Quionenes. Filner is simply not the right choice.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2012 @ 1:39 p.m.

Hey, it is a plan, that is something most others do not have.......even if you dont like it.


Visduh Sept. 8, 2012 @ 8:27 p.m.

While the welfare of the citizens is the highest purpose of a city, and the welfare of those who are most vulnerable, such as the children, is always a high priority, this posturing by Filner is pure electioneering. He and Bahnee Dee did some jousting over this matter during the primary, and then he fell silent, . . . until now. The city has no legal mandate for the education of the residents. School districts have that assignment. If the city wants to take the lead role in coordinating the offerings of itself and the schools to assist the parents and kids, that's fine. Avoiding overlap between city offerings and school programs is a very good thing, as is spotting gaps that need to be covered.

But at this point in the evolution of the city of SD, the mayor has so many tasks to perform that he will have no time or energy for meddling into the public education system. The hapless, top-heavy and pointlessly bureaucratic school district will have to find its own way. Meanwhile the city has a host of its own matters that scream for attention, such as pension funding, medical care funding for past and present city employees, public safety matters, and the biggest bugbear of all, the infrastructure. The new mayor has decades of neglected maintenance of the streets, the water system with its miles of antique high-pressure water lines that are ready to erupt at any moment, and a sewer system that is not in any better shape. He needs to concern himself with getting the city government back on track, and not meddling in the matters handled by the school board. Some years ago, Christine Kehoe (while on the SD city council) proposed that the city (feeling flush, but really broke without knowing it) pay for one additional teacher in every school within the city limits. Of course, the city has no legal requirement to do anything of the sort, and would likely find itself successfully sued for overstepping its bounds if it did any such thing. Bob, if you find yourself elected, you will have a plate so filled with intractable problems that you will have no time to worry about the business of the ineptly-run school district or anything even close to that.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2012 @ 8:39 p.m.

But at this point in the evolution of the city of SD, the mayor has so many tasks to perform that he will have no time or energy for meddling into the public education system

Excellent point ........and you also have the unions that will nit pick ANY attempt at reforms they do not agree with..... Bersin found that out the hard way-and you have to know it is a major curveball for any reform


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2012 @ 8:45 p.m.

I disagree with 90% of Filners platform but will always respect him as a leader after he took on President GHW Bush back in the 88-90 period....I wish I could remember what that dust up was over, but Filner, as a House Rep, stood up to Bush and got him so mad Bush said he was going to make Filner his "little project" the last 2 years in office.....


tomjohnston Sept. 8, 2012 @ 9:10 p.m.

surfpuppy619, Filner has only been in office since the term that began in Jan, 1993. He took office when Bush left office. Wasn't Filner on the SD city clowncil during Bush's 2nd term?


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2012 @ 9:52 p.m.

Bush didn't serve a second term, he was beaten by Clinton.....


tomjohnston Sept. 9, 2012 @ 9:23 a.m.

yeah, I know. I was distracted by a football game I was watching on TV when I was commenting. What I was meaning or trying to say was that Filner didn't take office until Bush was gone and why would Bush have referred to anything or anyone as happening in the last 2 years in office because at that point he barely halfway into his first (and only) term and I'm sure he was planning on having a second term. Perhaps your recollection is a bit off here?


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 8, 2012 @ 9:56 p.m.

I need to research this and figure out what happened, I thought this was in the ealry 1990's with Bush I.... but looks liek I am awrong.......Need to research this.


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