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City Councilman Carl DeMaio is guest hosting the Credentialed blog today. His first post follows below.

I’m not a morning person — but I have learned to function as one. Each morning my alarm goes off at 4:45 am. After spending seven years owning and operating bi-coastal businesses based in San Diego and Washington DC, I learned to get up early to get on a conference call with the team back east. I keep the same schedule now that I’m in office — but for different reasons. I find that early morning is the only time left for “me” — where I can actually work out and have the all-important first cup of coffee.

After being out late last night with community meetings, this morning I absolutely had to hit the snooze button twice. And of course, grab a camera to capture the moment at 5:05 am when I finally got moving. After working out, reviewing the news, and sorting through emails, I’m off to start the day. It is 7:00 am.

My first stop is my biweekly appearance on KUSI’s “Good Morning San Diego” where I join anchors Dan and Sandra to discuss the latest happenings at City Hall. Today’s discussion is much like most weeks — focused on the city’s budget and ways to restore financial health to city government. This photo was actually taken live and on air.

In this world of fragmented media, you have to work even harder to keep the public informed. We live in a totally wired world and the public now receives its information from a multitude of sources and in a variety of modes. That’s why it’s important to communicate across every mode from TV and radio to internet and text messaging. So as I jump in my car, I dial into KOGO radio to join the “Chip Franklin Show” to talk about — you guessed it — the city budget and ways to restore financial health to city government. It’s now 8:05 … and the day is just beginning in multiple modes.

— CARL DeMAIO

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