Jeff Smith 12:15 p.m., April 24
Co-Counsel in District Attorney's Pension Conflict of Interest Case Takes Job with Superior Court
Will La Fond, who has been co-counsel with Steve Robinson on the district attorney's conflict of interest case against six former City employees and labor leaders, has taken a new job coordinating research lawyers in Superior Court. Deputy District Attorney Robinson, the main D.A. lawyer on the case, says that La Fond's new position represenrts "a great job opportunity" and doesn't indicate that there is any problem with the case. It is now before the state Supreme Court, and oral arguments have not been set. The six, including City Hall power broker Ron Saathoff, who recently stepped down as head of San Diego City Firefighters Local 145, are charged with breaking conflict-of interest laws in enhancing their own pension benefits.