Dorian Hargrove 8 p.m., Dec. 11
City Demurrer No Good, Must Answer Kessler Amended Complaint
The City of San Diego demurrer to Scott Kessler's most recent amended complaint was unpersuasive in Court on December 10. The City of San Diego was ordered to file its legal answer to the allegations in that Kessler v. City of San Diego complaint by December 30.
Plaintiff Scott Kessler has alleged that he was improperly fired from his job with the City of San Diego after Mayor Jerry Sanders discovered Kessler's cooperation with Federal Bureau of Investigation, Housing and Urban Development inspector general, and San Diego Police inquiries into business improvement district financing and contracting issues. The City of San Diego administration insists that Kessler was let go without whistle-blower retaliation as part of a City department reorganization. Part of the matter is what happened to $288 million in diverted HUD community development block grants and subsequently accumulated interest that were supposed to be directly spent on affordable housing and other community development projects, not banked to collect the unauthorized interest.
Other pre-trial hearings have not gone in the City's favor. A motion for a mayoral protective order from testifying in deposition was denied, and the City lost its subsequent motion for summary judgment, based in part on mayoral testimony. At least one San Diego television news organization has obtained a copy of the mayor's deposition.