#FAHM | Todd Gloria wants to be San Diego’s New Mayor

October 15, 20208 Minutes

Born and raised in San Diego, Todd Gloria knows what it is like to live through hardships and struggles. Growing up, his family was not wealthy, but their hearts were rich. As someone of Filipino, Dutch, Puerto Rican, and Native American descent, as well as openly gay, Gloria faced many difficult challenges.

From a young age, Gloria developed a passion for public service and the desire to create a better city that served people without discrimination or injustice. He began his career in public service at the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. He went on to serve as the District Director to U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis as a San Diego Housing Commissioner and as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel.

His notable achievements include: San Diego City Councilmember in 2008, Council President in 2012, and Interim Mayor from 2013-2014. His exemplary dedication to the city helped citizens regain trust in the government, and he was even named San Diego’s “favorite elected official” by San Diego City Beat readers 8 times in a row.

In 2016, Gloria was elected Assemblymember to represent the 78th Assembly District, which includes San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach and Solana Beach. He currently holds the leadership position of Majority Whip, and also serves as the Vice Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. He has been credited with bringing in thousands of affordable housing units to the City of San Diego. He has also been a champion for increased infrastructure investment. As an Assemblymember, Gloria has passed legislation on many important issues including: affordable housing, fighting gun violence, climate change, and providing resources for the homeless.

As a native San Diegan, Todd Gloria is determined to prioritize city and its citizens above political agendas. He knows that San Diego needs strong, experienced, and progressive leadership in the Mayor’s Office in order to effect real change. As mayor, he is dedicated to create real and effective solutions to the underlying problems that San Diegans face everyday. With his extensive career in public service, Gloria is confident he can be the mayor that best represents San Diego.

“San Diegans deserve a Mayor who works for all of us and will make us a city of opportunity that invests in every neighborhood and every San Diegan.”

Todd Gloria will be running for San Diego Mayor on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

The priorities of his mayoral campaign revolve around the following issues:


Having lived in San Diego for so long, Todd Gloria wants to improve housing conditions all throughout San Diego, especially for the middle and working class citizens. As mayor he plans to implement:

  • New housing construction nearby transit areas
  • Increased investment into transit and multimodal infrastructure
  • Creation of affordable homes for the middle and working class
  • Rent stabilization for all renters
  • Enforcement of the current law that states short-term rentals are not a permitted use under the Municipal Code


Gloria sees the struggles that homeless people face in San Diego, and he wants to do his part to eliminate this crisis by providing solutions that will put people first. He plans to:

  • Make homelessness the city’s Top Priority
  • Implement efficient data-driven strategies
  • Use housing first solutions with supportive services including MHSA funding
  • Increase transparency in taxpayer resources
  • Have stronger cross-jurisdictional and regional collaboration


Gloria wants to create effective and efficient transportation for all citizens to use. As mayor, his administration’s transportation strategy will be consistent with the Climate Action Plan and place priority on the needs of the City’s residents, visitors, and businesses. He will:

  • Consolidate the various transportation functions to create a single Mobility Department
  • Fix roads and improve ADA/Accessibility for all
  • Create a connected network of separated and protected bike lanes, with increased bicycle safety measures
  • Improve San Diego’s transit system and routes
  • Guide and lead the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to ensure transparency and accountability to the public
  • Improve the San Diego Airport & the Port of San Diego
  • Create walkable communities with accessibility and pedestrian oriented infrastructure
  • And more!


During his term as Interim Mayor of San Diego, Gloria introduced an aggressive and groundbreaking Climate Action Plan. As mayor, his administration will be committed to creating solutions to combat the harmful effects of climate change. This includes:

  • Full implementation of the groundbreaking Climate Action Plan
  • Constructing facilities to capture storm water and fixing crumbling infrastructures
  • Zero Waste Ordinance
  • Preparation and Planning for Sea Level Rise
  • Improving air quality
  • Fixing the pollution of the Tijuana River Valley

Racial Justice

Gloria has spent much of his career fighting to advance equity, inclusion, and justice against racism and oppression. He plans to create laws that will address these issues at the systemic core, rather than only at the surface level. His administration is committed to:

  • Increase affordable housing
  • Independent Police Review Commission with full investigatory powers to create check-and-balance
  • Investing in historically underserved communities & youth
  • Police reform to address use-of-force tactics, prioritize de-escalation, demilitarize law enforcement, removing unnecessary excessive surveillance, stopping overcriminalization, reviewing hiring practices, and addressing gang injunctions

Improve Public Safety & Stand Against Gun Violence

Gloria is dedicated to improving the safety measures for all members of the public. He is a firm believer that gun safety is public safety, and has authorized legislation to regulate concealed carry weapons in California. As mayor, to increase public protection, he will:

  • Join the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition to work with other Mayors to advance common-sense gun law
  • Strive to improve the relationship between public safety workers and citizens to generate trust
  • Fire fighters, lifeguards, medical service providers, police officers, and more
  • Fairly distribute public safety resources throughout the city

We are continuing to celebrate the achievements of Filipino-Americans as part of Filipino-American History Month (FAHM)!

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