Vincent Farnsworth 6:31 p.m., Dec. 4
Sanders, Gwinn, Dumanis Have Quietly Plotted To Shift Family Justice Center to YWCA, Says Aguirre. The Planned Move May Trample on Rules
Working secretly, Mayor Jerry Sanders, former City Attorney Casey Gwinn and DA Bonnie Dumanis have been planning to shift control of the City's Family Justice Center to the YWCA, says a new study by current City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Actually, Aguirre's study is too restrained; it could be tougher. After being termed out as city attorney, Gwinn took the Family Justice Center away from the city attorney's office and put it under the city manager. Then he formed the Family Justice Center Foundation and teamed up with Dumanis in pushing family issues. It smelled of a high-paying sinecure for Gwinn. In August of last year, he became head of the YWCA, and began pushing to have the City's Family Justice Center transferred to the YWCA. Now the mayor favors the move, but he has not consulted with Family Justice Center steering committee or the city attorney, who is on the committee. Among several things, Aguirre believes that the transfer may violate the City's managed competion policies. There is also a question of whether the YWCA is a religious body and should be operating a City department.