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On August 23, hours after San Diego city councilmembers agreed to drop their case against Filner and pay up to $98,000 to defend him in the sexual harassment lawsuit from former Communications Director Irene McCormack-Jackson in exchange for Filner's resignation, the City Attorney's Office was fast at work laying out a blueprint for operations at City Hall without an elected mayor.

A report from Goldsmith's Office answered basic questions including: How long the City has to hold a special election for Mayor? 90 days. What the fate is of the current efforts to recall Filner? Moot.

Then there was the question of the limited authority that interim-Mayor/Council President will have after taking the keys to the 11th Floor.

That answer wasn't so clear cut. The legal memo states that Gloria "retains his rights as a member of the Council, continues to preside over Council meetings, and is not authorized to exercise the power of veto."

Gloria will also have the power to supervise mayoral staff and, according to the City Charter, “direct and exercise control over the City Manager in managing the affairs of the City under the purview of the Mayor,” and exercise certain other powers as the Charter provides."

But there is no such thing as a City manager in a Strong-Mayor system. That is where interpretation can come into play.

Council President Gloria was quick to offer his own opinion, one slightly different from the City Attorney's Office.

One difference is who will preside over council meetings.

Attorneys say Gloria will continue to lead council meetings. Gloria says that responsibility will fall on Council Pro-Tem Sherri Lightner.

“Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner will lead meetings of the City Council while I fulfill the duties of the mayor. Sherri is a trusted colleague and able Councilmember. I know that she will carry out these duties well."

Gloria then says he and city executives will "establish priorities for addressing the concerns facing our City."

“First, a top-down review of all City departments to ensure they are properly staffed and that their actions comply with all City rules and regulations. This will include swift action on pending items that have languished on Mayor Filner’s desk for months."

“As you might anticipate, there will be some staffing changes needed to make this happen. I will announce these changes as they occur."

The City Attorney's Office, however, says Gloria will only supervise current mayoral staff, and push through legislation that "is necessary to meet a legal requirement imposed by a court or another governmental agency."

Katie Keach, Chief of Staff for Council President Gloria had the following to say about her boss's new role as interim-mayor.

"Being realistic about the energy, time, and attention necessary to sort through and resolve the issues remaining from the Filner administration, Council President Gloria asked Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner to run Council meetings for the time being."

"Though it hasn't been the case for the past eight months, San Diegans should expect both the executive and legislative branches to function and collaborate, and that will occur with Council President Gloria serving as Acting Mayor and Council President Pro Tem Lightner running Council meetings in his absence, as prescribed by their duties."

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John Kitchin Aug. 24, 2013 @ 1:55 p.m.

The Reader's regular Don Bauder gave the best analysis, saying that it is suspected the Mayor's office was bugged from across the street, and quoted Filner as saying that the city is run by a "cabal" (usually spelled Kabbal), which is a type of secret Mafia group. I gave my piece today (Aug. 24) in the San Diego Homeless News, www.NZ9F.com/SDHN, with the headlines "MOB Creating Problems For Mayor." Dr. John Kitchin

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MeReader Aug. 24, 2013 @ 2:09 p.m.

Cabal? Kabbal? What?

Kinda sounds like a Cabbage Head trying to strangle Filner. lol

None

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John Kitchin Aug. 25, 2013 @ 11:59 a.m.

Don Bauder's misspelling is not his fault, because the Gnostic words are not even in an unabridged dictionary.

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John Kitchin Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:08 p.m.

If you need to know exactly what a Kabbal (cabal) is, and how the Mafia runs San Diego, there is a college course in that at www.NZ9F.com/Gnosis. Dr. John Kitchin

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dwbat Aug. 24, 2013 @ 4:34 p.m.

Bauder provided no evidence of the alleged microphone caper. He merely passed on a rumor that I have never seen substantiated by any news organization in San Diego (or elsewhere).

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John Kitchin Aug. 25, 2013 @ noon

The news organizations are the ones who do it, and the ones who have the shotgun mikes used at football games.

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MeReader Aug. 24, 2013 @ 1:58 p.m.

What authority will Gloria have?

He will have the authority to be a much better mayor than Filner.

And he can do that with only "limited" authority.

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John Kitchin Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m.

No one could be a "much better mayor" than Filner, who opposed the Real Estate Mob, and even got 95% of the homeless off the downtown streets.

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Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 7:22 a.m.

Limited authority does not seem to be what Mr. Gloria has in mind, now we've had the pink slips. One certainly had to wonder why he needed to "review" workers to ensure they were doing their jobs. That is what he said a week ago, so one wonders how he conducted this review before he was acting-mayor. I think a basic understanding of human nature will give us the answer. We shall now see whether Mr. Goldsmith's recent interpretation of his own duties lasts, or whether he will subside back into mealy-mouthed subservience.

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KLoEditor Aug. 24, 2013 @ 2:55 p.m.

The Little Toad getting ready to sit in the Big Chair, LOL!

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Yankeedoodle Aug. 24, 2013 @ 3:09 p.m.

It will be educational to watch as the relationship between Mr. Gloria and the City Attorney's office evolves. It seems as though the City Attorney has begun to remember that he does not work at the will of the council and mayor, but at the will of the people, because his is an elected position. Therefore, he may not let the interim mayor, no matter how strong, break extant rules about the extent of his powers.

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Diogenes Aug. 24, 2013 @ 5:44 p.m.

I noticed that City Attorney Goldsmith toned down his rhetoric. He may come to realized that he has a very important role to play. He will not have Filner to blame, or if he does blame Filner, it will not help.

Goldsmith may well begin to understand the importance of his role.

I hope that he does not become the tool of developers. That would continue conflict in San Diego. There are more registered Democrats here. The demographics are changing. His record so far has been mixed.

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John Kitchin Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:04 p.m.

Goldsmith has been a leader in the developers since before he was City Attorney, and that is how he got nominated. As someone who criminally prosecuted a man for chalk drawings on the sidewalk, he needs to be disbarred for not understanding that is protected under the First Amendment. Incompetence is not a proud thing. Watch out that your kids do not go to prison for Felony Hopscotch!

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FatCatSegat Aug. 25, 2013 @ 11:08 a.m.

Like an onion, the many layers have yet to reveal themselves. Be careful what you wish for and all that. Was watching the prospective candidates and the man with the well groomed beaver on his head this morning on the television. All I could see was a trio of salivating vultures standing over Filner's carcass. "Time to show the world why this is America's Finest City"' they reiterated. Hope so! Suprisingly the professional party jumping candidate who recently filed his candidacy papers wasn't there attempting to insult the collective intelligence of the voters. I know, I know, give him time.

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John Kitchin Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:06 p.m.

America's Stupidest City shows how true that is, all over again. I thought all that was over when SD finally made an intelligent choice, told the news media to shut up, and elected Filner.

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FatCatSegat Aug. 25, 2013 @ 3:15 p.m.

We did presumably make a good choice. So how can we find a mayoral candidate that will continue Filner's work without the madness? The media has shown it's might, and the big money has shown it's power. Will the media cover the reported Demaio restroom issue if he does in fact run? Will the party jumper be exposed for whatever agenda it is he or his unknown benefactors are pursuing? If we're going to tell the truth,...yeah, I know. Crossing our collective fingers isn't enough but, it seems we are on very shaky ground here. Be aware, fellow voters. Question the reported "facts" and research your choice.

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jelula Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:35 p.m.

There's a new candidate who just filed and we already know he stands for citizens not power brokers. If you want to preserve the Plaza de Panama from Irwin Jacobs' massive proposal (and not put taxpayers at risk through a $17.4 million General Fund-backed bond issue for the parking garage, vote for Bruce Coons.

https://www.facebook.com/BruceCoonsforMayorofSanDiego

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Diogenes Aug. 26, 2013 @ 7:08 a.m.

The people need to vet our politicians by doing due diligence about their background. We need to know about their educational transcripts, curriculum vitae, marital history, and character. They must produce their tax returns, service records, etc. and be willing to answer questions from the people based on those documents.

We really have no idea who Obama was based on his voting record etc. Filner had some personality quirks that were brought to my attention before the election by long-term Democratic residents of San Diego. This story about DeMaio, if true, blows him out of the water.

These candidates need to be questioned by the people and free press. The main stream media is corporate:owned and avoids the important issues.

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