San Diego’s FilAm mayor heads Big City Mayors Coalition

SAN DIEGO Mayor Todd Gloria

By Claire Morales True, Managing Editor

SAN DIEGO/DALY CITY, California – San Diego’s Filipino American Mayor Todd Gloria has been selected to lead the  statewide coalition of big city mayors for 2023 and 2024.

This as Daly City’s FilAm Council Member Raymond Buenaventura has been elected as the city’s new mayor in a recent reorganization.

The reorganization also resulted to the election of former Mayor Juslyn Manalo as vice mayor.

Buenaventura, whose term expires in 2026, has once served as mayor of the city considered as a Filipino town due to its big population of Filipinos.

Another former Daly City mayor, Dr. Roderick Daus-Magbual, remains a Council Member until 2026.

Other Daly City Council members are Pamela DiGlovanni and Gleno R. Sylvester.

The Daly City Council made the announcement and posted it also on city’s website.

San Diego Mayor Gloria is actually of Filipino, Dutch, Puerto Rican, and Native American descent. He was formerly a member of the San Diego City Council and later the California State Assembly.

San Diego Mayor Gloria said the bipartisan group he will head is composed of the mayors of the 13 largest cities in California, namely, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Stockton, Riverside and Irvine.

“California’s cities face daunting challenges, and I’m humbled by the trust my colleagues in the Big City Mayors Coalition have placed in me to lead them,” Mayor Gloria said in a press statement.

“Since taking office, I’ve worked with the Big City Mayors coalition to secure funding to get thousands of people off the streets into housing and to pass the Governor’s CARE Court proposal, enacting badly needed reform to the state’s mental health system. I’m committed to working with federal and state leaders to leverage our voice to get results on homelessness, housing costs, and mental health for all Californians,” he said.

The Big City Mayors Coalition represent nearly 11 million residents in the state, more than a quarter of its population. The bipartisan coalition was successful over the last several years in securing dedicated funding to address homelessness in the state’s big cities through California’s Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) program. (