The Promise: To be available for one-on-one meetings with San Diegans three times a month.
Determination: Partially Kept
Analysis: Mayor Bob Filner has ventured all over the city since he was elected — from a menorah-lighting ceremony to a gathering of medical marijuana advocates.
But he also pledged to stay put at City Hall at least three times a month.
In a July 2012 survey from Voice of San Diego, Filner committed to holding office hours three Saturdays a month. He’s only held one session since his December inauguration.
This pledge is one of many we’ll be checking as part of our effort to evaluate the mayor’s performance. (You can check the full list of promises we’ll be tracking here.)
Filner hosted his first Saturday session on Feb. 2 and more than 100 San Diegans lined up to talk to him.
Our media partner NBC 7 San Diego reported on the mayor’s first open house.
Filner announced on Friday he’d hold another session on Saturday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m.
We asked the mayor whether he’ll spend more Saturdays at City Hall in the future.
“We decided to start with one to see how it works out, to see how the timeframe is, whether people would show up,” Filner said. “We’re starting with one and we’ll see if we need more.”
We’ll check to see whether Filner adds more Saturday open houses in the future but for now, this campaign pledge is “Partially Kept.”
Lisa Halverstadt is a reporter at Voice of San Diego. Know of something she should check out? You can contact her directly at email@example.com or 619.325.0528.
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