Austin Mackin 11 a.m., March 7
City Trying to Block Deposition of Sanders
The City of San Diego has filed a protective order directing that the deposition of Mayor Jerry Sanders either not be taken or the scope of the deposition be limited. The case in question was filed by Scott Kessler, a former City employee whose job was riding herd on business improvement districts. Kessler cooperated with an FBI agent and a police detective in an investigation of Little Italy powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and ex-felon Paul (Joe) Mannino. The investigation found that the pair had committed fraud and various offenses running a business improvement district. Despite the detailed investigation, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis did not prosecute. Kessler got fired. In his suit, Kessler mentions how the mayor's office was upset that Kessler cooperated. Kessler believes Sanders was instrumental in Kessler's firing. The entire story has been presented in two installments in the Reader.