I would say thank you for allowing me to be here, but obviously this is not a happy time for any of us. Not for the city of San Diego. Not for those who represent. For my own part in causing all this, I offer a deep apology. Certainly to all the citizens of San Diego and through you, to the citizens that you represent.

The city should not have been put through this. And my own personal failures were responsible. And I apologize to the city. I have a lot of supporters out there. I apologize, I apologize to all of you. I think I let you down. We had a chance to do a progressive vision in this city for the first time in 50 years. As I’ll say later, we need you to carry that vision forward. This is not the time to let it die. I apologize to all of you.

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