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Dec 4, 2012 10:08 AM by Associated Press

San Diego mayor promises thousands of new jobs

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's new mayor is pledging to empower neighborhoods and make good on a campaign promise to create 50,000 new jobs.

Bob Filner was sworn in Monday as the 35th mayor.

Filner also says he wants to expand the city's port and keep the Chargers in town.

Filner thanked previous mayor Jerry Sanders for bringing some stability to the city's finances after nearly a decade of crises and cutbacks. Filner says there's now a chance to restore services and rebuild neighborhoods.

Sanders had projected a $5 million surplus for the city in the coming year. However, the city's independent budget analyst recently provided a worst-case estimate of a $84 million deficit.

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