San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy Resigns

One week after being named as one of the three worst mayors in the country by Time magazine, San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy announced today that he will resign effective July 15th. Murphy, who was re-elected when thousands of write-in ballots for write-in candidate Donna Frye were not counted because the write-in bubble was not filled (though Frye’s name was written), has been dogged by a financial crisis in the city employee pension fund. Compounding Murphy’s legal problems was the “Enron by the Sea” moniker The New York Times tagged on the city, that stuck.

Residents of Detroit and Philadelphia (the other two cities with mayors singled out by Time), must be pretty jealous today.

Murphy resigns – [Union-Tribune]
Reaction – [Union-Tribune]

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