Walter Mencken 9:21 p.m., Oct. 20
Did City Attorney Jan Goldsmith lift the suspension on closed session meetings?
A closed session meeting is schedule for Tuesday, eight days after calling an end to them
The line that City Attorney Jan Goldsmith drew in the sand in his duel with Mayor Bob Filner may be disappearing.
A closed session meeting is planned for Tuesday, just over a week after Goldsmith threatened to suspend the meetings until the Mayor promised to stop haranguing and harassing his attorneys.
Two items will be discussed at the closed session hearing Tuesday. First will be an update from the City Attorney's Office on the status of a lawsuit filed by San Diegans for Open Government over the legality of Maintenance Assessment Districts. Following that discussion, the council, mayor and a representative form the City Attorney's Office will discuss its lawsuit over a desalination expansion project proposed by Sweetwater Authority. Deputy City Attorneys Carmen Brock and Glenn Spitzer are the lawyers assigned to the two cases.
On Monday of last week, Goldsmith appeared on KUSI to announce that he was putting an end to closed session meetings until Mayor Filner can stop verbally assaulting his employees.
"[The treatment from Filner] has been consistent, and it's been abuse. It's been harassment and it's been an effort to keep us from doing our job,'' Goldsmith said during the July 1 interview.
"There will be no closed sessions until we work this out, and what I really need is the mayor, with the support of the police chief and the City Council leadership to come forward and promise that this will not happen again.''
But Goldsmith can still decide to stick to his guns by refusing to staff the meeting. And the meeting could be an attempt by Council President Todd Gloria to ease the tensions at City Hall. His office is in charge of preparing and posting the closed session agendas.
Gloria has criticized the two sides for their ongoing feud. He has even offered to act as a mediator in hopes of ending the squabble. Gloria's office was unaware of any mediation between the parties.
"The Council President calls closed session meetings as part of his docketing duties and understands the City Attorney will be participating," said Gloria's Chief of Staff.
I contacted City Attorney's Office for more information on the closed session meeting but did not hear back in time for publication (query was sent early Sunday morning).
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