One Saturday a month, San Diegans line up to talk to the mayor about their concerns and sometimes just for a little conversation.

More than 150 residents visited with the mayor from February through May, according to logs released by the mayor’s office after a records request by Voice of San Diego.

So what are those residents talking to Filner about?

Homelessness, energy issues and transportation loom large in many of the conversations that take place at those Saturday gatherings.

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Homelessness, transportation and energy issues loom large in many conversations with the mayor.

Some residents were concerned about harassment and police treatment of the city’s homeless population while others urged the mayor to include funding for homeless shelters in his budget. (He ultimately chose to fund two shelters year-round.)

Several residents also shared ideas and support for solar projects and greater energy efficiency in the city.

For example, one man suggested the city could save millions by switching the bulbs used in street lights across the city.

Potholes were a hot topic, too. One man suggested the mayor prioritize repairs on major streets. The mayor promised he’d try.

Other Saturday visitors were hoping the mayor could help them out. Several asked Filner for help finding a job, and even for legal advice.

But a few attendees just wanted to thank the mayor. One man declared Filner “the best mayor San Diego has ever had.”

Have you met Filner at one of his Saturday’s gatherings? What did you talk about? Leave a comment and let us know how Filner responded and how that affected your perception of the mayor.

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Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa is a senior investigative reporter who digs into some of San Diego's biggest challenges including homelessness, city real estate debacles, the region's...

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