SAN DIEGO – Richard Barrera, Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, made the following statement today following the resignation of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner:
“It is time to move forward. Today, we close a painful chapter for San Diego and the paralysis that has gripped City Hall can be brought to an end. We hope that those who have been hurt by Bob Filner’s behavior will receive the respect and closure they deserve.
“As we look to the election of a new Mayor, the Labor Council will continue to be a strong advocate for San Diego's working families and for our Middle Class. The power and importance of working San Diegans remains as strong as ever and the work of providing good jobs, good schools and better lives continues. We are fully committed to championing an agenda for America’s Finest City that accomplishes all of this; that celebrates the importance and dignity of working people; that believes in providing quality services to every single neighborhood; and that ensures that the voices at City Hall reflect the broad diversity of our city.
“We will participate fully in the public debate as the city seeks new leadership; and we will absolutely not allow right-wing radicals like Carl DeMaio and his divisive politics to take over our city when we need inclusion, unity and consensus.
“Our commitment to building a better San Diego is undiminished. And so too, we believe, is that same commitment from San Diego’s voters.”
San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO includes 135 affiliated labor groups in the region with a membership of more than 200,000 working families. Founded in 1891, the Labor Council advocates for more jobs, better jobs and better lives for all of San Diego’s workers – union and non-union.