SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Bob Filner wanted his first State of the City speech be to about empowerment but he couldn't help but hedge on Tuesday.
He compared the city to a patient who had survived years of painful treatment, only to emerge cautiously optimistic.
To thrive, the new mayor said, San Diegans will need to work together.
In that spirit, Filner honored several community leaders he said set an example, and he emphasized how the city can come together.
We've heard most of this before.