Gloria took over the office as of 5:01 p.m. Friday, when Bob Filner's resignation became official. In juxtaposition with the last two months, the embattled former mayor left public office for the first time since 1979 with no drama. Not even a speech or a written statement-- although a photo of the city's seal replaced the photo of Filner on the city's website.
Filner resigned as part of a settlement with the city regarding the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson. At least 18 women have accused Filner of harassment in the last seven weeks.
"It's a new day in San Diego," said Gloria in a press conference Friday evening. "....It's very clear that there's a lot of work to be done."
San Diego's charter gives the City Council President duties of the mayor in the event that the office is vacated. Because that legal framework is already in place, there was no formal swearing in ceremony for Gloria. He is now Councilman for District 3, City Council President, and acting mayor of the city.
Gloria has temporarily turned over the duty of running City Council meetings to Councilwoman Sherri Lightner who represents District 1.
"I want to be clear: I’m not giving up the council presidency," Gloria told U-T San Diego. "But I am asking Sherri Lightner to chair the meetings in my stead. I do that because I anticipate being very busy carrying out the duties of mayor."
Gloria also said that it's time for the city to start moving forward aggressively to make up for lost time.
Among the long list of pressing issues Gloria discussed tackling with U-T San Diego are transparency in the mayor's office, the expansion of the convention center, a $100 million dollar bond to fix infrastructure such as roads and sidewalks, medical marijuana and the city's lobbying contract.
Gloria, who is openly gay, is the first LGBT mayor of a major U.S. city. He says he has not yet reached a decision whether or not to run for mayor in the upcoming special election on Nov. 19.