Walter Mencken 9:23 a.m., Oct. 10
Civic San Diego wants permitting and processing responsibilities in former redevelopment areas
Letter from an attorney for the Municipal Employees Association warns city officials against behind the scenes discussions without MEA's knowledge
Civic San Diego, formerly known as Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), wants to assume control of permitting and processing responsibilities in the 14-former redevelopment areas. To accomplish that task, executives at Civic San Diego are working behind the scenes with council members and officials from the Development Services Department. They even went so far as to request a meeting with labor union general manager Michael Zucchet, without the knowledge of city officials.
That's the claim from lawyers representing the San Diego Municipal Employees Association (MEA) in a September 19 letter to San Diego's Director of Human Resources, Judy von Kalinowsky.
Attorneys for the Municipal Employees Union say the backroom maneuverings by the chair of Civic San Diego's board, Cynthia Morgan, its president Jeff Graham, and Chief Financial Officer Andrew Phillips, is at odds with state collective bargaining laws, namely the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act.
The letter was in response to a request from Cynthia Morgan to meet with Zucchet to discuss "Civic San Diego's desire to take over certain 'permitting and processing' responsibilities related to development applications within the 14 former redevelopment areas of the City."
During the meeting Civic San Diego representatives said they had discussed the takeover with certain City officials and with members of the City Council and "had garnered the full support of certain Councilmembers."
The agreement between the former redevelopment corporation and city councilmembers, according to the letter, was that Civic San Diego would first assume control of permitting and processing in two of the 14 redevelopment areas, taking on more down the road.
"Since neither you as Director of Human Resources nor any other representative of the City's labor relations function was present at this meeting on September 10th, you may be unaware of these assertions, tactics or objectives as articulated by Civic San Diego's representatives. This letter is intended, therefore, to give you notice of this troubling situation and to entrust to you the responsibility of clarifying for City Officials and the City Council what the City's duties and obligations are in this matter."
Jeff Graham and Andrew Phillips did not respond in time for publication. Nor did labor leader Michael Zucchet.
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