San Diego Councilwoman Myrtle Cole waves to crowd at the 2016 Holiday Bowl Parade. Photo by Ken Stone

Myrtle Cole will serve a second year as president of the San Diego City Council after her colleagues voted overwhelmingly Monday to keep her in the key leadership post.

Council members voted 8-1 in favor of Cole after she received strong support from organized labor representatives during the public comment period.

Matt Kostrinsky of the United Domestic Workers of America local called Cole “a fighter for working families.”

“We’d like to see that continue,” Kostrinsky said. “She has shown that when you work with her on facts and figures, we’re able to get into the trenches, roll up our sleeves and get work done for families.”

Leaders of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, Building & Trades Construction Council, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Alliance San Diego and Unite Here, which represents hotel workers, also spoke on Cole’s behalf.

As council president, Cole’s primary power is deciding which items make it onto meeting agendas.

“My colleagues, I just want to move this city forward, with the homelessness issue, with affordable housing,” Cole said, referring to the city’s top, and related, issues. She said the city has to start building more residential units.

The council president also has the power to determine assignments for council committees.

The lone vote against Cole was cast by Councilman Scott Sherman, who tried unsuccessfully to get her to commit to keeping the rosters of the committees the same as this year. She said the committee assignments would be brought before the council next week.

— City News Service