Monday, April 25, 2005 | San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy announced his resignation Monday morning effective July 15, paving the way for a mayoral election to be tacked on to this November’s anticipated special election.

Murphy, a former Superior Court judge first elected San Diego’s 33rd mayor in 2000, succumbed to mounting pressures brought about by a $1.37-billion pension deficit and pending federal and local investigations into City Hall. Further worsening the situation, he won last November’s election with only 34 percent of the vote and amid challenges to the victory’s legitimacy.

“What the city needs is a fresh start,” Murphy told reporters.

Read Andrew Donohue’s analysis, “Murphy’s Tenure Marked by Missed Warning Signs.”

Read Evan McLaughlin’s article, “Inquire Within: After Murphy steps down, who is mayor?”

Read Neil Morgan’s Feb. 28 opinion column, “Mayor Murphy Will Resign.”

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