Jeff Smith 10:30 a.m., Feb. 21
Former mayor sues Escondido over alleged misappropriation of funds
City spent $20,000 advocating for two ballot measures in November 2012 election
Former Escondido Mayor Jerry Harmon is suing the city, its sitting mayor Sam Abed, the city council, and a handful of other officials, claiming the group illegally used public funds to promote two ballot propositions last November.
Prior to the November 6, 2012 election, Harmon says, the council used $20,000 in public money to hire a private contractor to prepare and mail postcards pushing Propostion N, which called for re-zoning of portions of city land and passed, and Proposition P, which failed in its attempt to declare Escondido a charter city.
“The city's expenditure of public funds to support one side of a campaign violated the California Constitution and various provisions in the California Government Code (including the Political Reform Act), and harmed the city's voters and taxpayers,” the complaint states.
Harmon, who was mayor from1990-1994, wants the court to rule that the use of funds was illegal as well as issue an order to stop the city from using money for similar purposes in the future, and a return of the $20,000.
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