Often when I mention San Diego on this site, I'll call it "America's Finest City" not so much because I believe this to be true but because in most cases it contradicts the reality that I'm posting about. Well, after today, I'll have to look for another slogan:
One of its congressmen admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes, the FBI has investigated City Hall, the mayor resigned, a $1.37 billion pension shortfall damaged the city's credit rating and fueled talk of bankruptcy, and two councilmen were convicted of taking bribes from a strip club owner.
Faced with all that ill repute, the city has quietly dethroned itself and dropped the self-proclaimed title "America's Finest City" from its official Web site.
Interestingly enough, the slogan came about in the early 70s at a time when San Diego was suffering from an image problem. Now it's going away as the result of San Diego having an image problem. What will replace it? I'm thinking they may sale the slogan-naming rights to one of the Indian casinos, and if it helps to fill potholes, I'm all for it.
Update: The new mayor, who was sworn in today, has restored the city's motto. I guess I'll have to get used to the potholes.