By LIAM DILLON
- We’ll forgive you if you missed mayoral candidate Bob Filner’s performance during the City Council hearing on the future of Balboa Park Monday. The meeting lasted seven-and-a-half hours and Filner was just one of the 140 speakers who gave their point of view before the council voted in favor of philanthropist Irwin Jacobs’ plan to remake the park’s Plaza de Panama.
Filner opposed the project and headlined a rally against it before the council hearing.
His six-minute speech during the hearing was an absent-minded-professor moment mixed with hubris and humor.
We have the recording of Filner’s speech below, but here are some highlights:
• Filner referred to current Mayor Jerry Sanders, a project supporter, as “my predecessor as mayor.”
• He questioned the project’s financing by wondering what happen if the tech company Jacobs’ founded, Qualcomm, lost its value. Or what would happen if “Irwin dies.” After a beat Filner added, “Heaven forbid.”