Marti Emerald excelled as a broadcast journalist for 30 years before taking the oath of office for the San Diego City Council in 2008. Most notably, Marti was the Consumer Advocate (The Troubleshooter) at San Diego’s ABC television affiliate for 22 years, earning more than 100 awards for community service and journalistic excellence. During her tenure on the San Diego City Council Marti focused on repairing the image of City government through fiscal restraint and increased transparency in City government functions. Marti chaired the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee during her entire eight years at council. She pressed for reforms in our police practices, helped to rebuild our fire and lifeguard services, and brought many millions of dollars to neighborhoods to improve public safety. Marti was also a strong advocate for working families, youth and the environment to improve quality of life citywide.