Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
Sanders Official Who Was Fired for Challenging Unethical Practices Files Wrongful Termination Suit
Rick Reynolds, former assistant chief operating officer for the City, was fired last October for challenging practices of Fred Sainz, Mayor Jerry Sanders's spinmeister. On April 15, Reynolds filed suit against the City for wrongful termination. The depositions in this suit should shed light on the dubiously cozy relationship between Sainz and certain Union-Tribune writers. The suit generally upholds what this blog reported last October: Sainz wanted Reynolds to provide a list of the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of personnel in the city attorney's office.It was to be provided to the Union-Tribune, Sainz has told Voice of San Diego. For ethical reasons, Reynolds told Jay Goldstone, chief operating officer, that such a list might be used for political reasons. Reynolds wrote a memo describing his concerns about security risk and unauthorized use of these IP numbers. Goldstone told him to get rid of the memo. The next day Reynolds was fired for not fitting the mold of the leadership team. There is additional information: prior to the above incident, Reynolds had told Goldstone about an email between Sainz and the U-T in which Sainz used inappropriate language. For the sake of San Diego, this suit MUST be thoroughly investigated, and MUST go to trial.