The City Council today chose Councilman Scott Peters to serve as its council president, handing the District 1 representative his second term in the year-old post.

No movement surfaced for any other council member to take over the job, which was created when the position of mayor was pulled from the council and given the city’s executive duties in the switch to a strong-mayor form of government at the beginning of the year.

His council colleagues praised Peters for his fairness and leadership, as did a number of public speakers. One speaker, Phil Hart of Mission Valley, opposed Peters’ appointment, saying the council president had shown a disdain for open government and made little progress addressing the city’s deficits.

Peters said his first year had been a great one. “We’re well on our way to reform,” he said, noting that the council had approved, in principle, a consultant’s 121-point remediation plan for the city’s financial-reporting structure.


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