Staff Blog Entries

City Attorney continues to chip away at San Diego's recall law

City Attorney now says anyone, regardless of place of residence can assist in recall efforts.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith's Office is whittling away at the laws governing recall elections. In an August 16 memo, Deputy ...

La Mesa Police Department sued for searching DMV database for African-American suspects

Complaint against the City and its police department was filed in federal court

Detectives from the La Mesa Police Department are accused of searching the DMV database and collecting driver's license photos of ...

City Attorney and Lawyers from Jack in the Box say Mayor Filner's objections to North Park restaurant rebuild a ploy to divert attention from harassment scandal

Attorneys say Filner used issue to deflect attention from harassment case.

Lawyers for fast-food chain Jack in the Box and the City of San Diego have crafted their defense to a ...

Lawsuit accuses Downtown San Diego Partnership of misusing assessment district funds

Suit alleges non-profit has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer assessments on non-permitted items.

Executives at the Downtown San Diego Partnership will have to defend what some say is mismanagement and misuse of taxpayer ...

Lawsuit filed against City of San Diego for allowing fast-food chain Jack in the Box to remodel North Park restaurant

Lawsuit comes after years of objections from local residents.

Jack may soon be in the witness box. Today, August 12, a group of North Park residents filed a lawsuit ...

Downtown San Diego Partnership hires high-profile civic attorney to address illegal use of PBID funds

Michael Colantuono responds to letter asking to view non-profit's accounting records.

Executives at the Downtown San Diego Partnership are sticking to their guns, and doing their best to hold on to ...

San Diego Unified suffers another legal setback over installation of stadium lighting at Hoover High School

Supreme Court turned down request to review the case. Case now heads back to Superior Court for final ruling.

California Supreme Court judges turned down San Diego Unified's request to review a previous court decision finding the use of ...

Mayor Filner's lawyer wants sexual harassment case moved to Imperial County

Filner wants case moved due to media frenzy surrounding the case.

Mayor Bob Filner is asking that the sexual harassment case filed by former Communications Director Irene McCormack Jackson be heard ...

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith slapped with lawsuit for refusing to disclose public records

Goldsmith has so far refused to turn over closed session transcripts where Filner is said to have ordered attorney to the back of the room. Cites cost of preparation as reason for not disclosing.

The City Attorney's Office and attorney Cory Briggs are digging in their heels in a battle for transcripts from closed ...

Jan Goldsmith's Office refuses to release transcripts of closed session meetings

Goldsmith denies transcripts exist despite invoices and Executive Assistant's testimony

It was a bold accusation: Mayor Bob Filner, a longtime civil rights activist ordering Executive Assistant City Attorney Andrew Jones ...

Former council candidate Phil Thalheimer has $1.1 million in outstanding loans he gave to his campaign

Over 18-month period, Thalheimer loaned his campaign a total if $1.1 million dollars.

Former city council candidate Phil Thalheimer owes $1.1 million dollars in loans from his 2004 run against former councilmember and ...

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood to take on Supervisor Bill Horn in 2014

Wood filed papers launching his run for District 5 Supervisor

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood has officially launched off his campaign for San Diego County Supervisor, going up against longtime conservative ...

Councilmember Lorie Zapf collects $130k in six months nearly $36k from fundraisers hosted by Sudberry Properties

Zapf collects big-time cash from building and hotel industries

District six councilmember Lorie Zapf has a friend in Sudberry Properties. Recent campaign disclosures show that the developer of the ...

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says recall law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.

Opinion opens the door for a recall effort against Bob Filner.

Portions of the city law governing recall elections should be repealed, reads a July 26 memo from City Attorney Jan ...

Both City Attorney Goldsmith and Mayor Filner release public records at whim (or not at all)

Problems with the leaders' judgment indicated following closed-session incident in June

It's one for the record books: "The Quickest Response to a Public Records Request in San Diego's History: The U-T ...

Downtown San Diego Partnership threatened with lawsuit if it does not provide accounting of assessment district funds

San Diegans for Open Government demands any money spent on illegal activities is refunded to residents

Kris Michell, CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, is driven to make downtown a center of innovation and creativity, ...

Former Development Services Director ordered staff to delete comments to get large church project approved

In his final days at the City, Kelly Broughton demanded concerns over Saint John Garabed Church be deleted or revised.

Just how is it that a major development project at odds with the City's General Plan can slip through the ...

Jack in the Box hires lobbying firm for help with rebuild of North Park restaurant

Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton were hired to seek implementation of previously issued permits

Executives from San Diego-based Jack in the Box are calling in the big guns to continue with renovation, rather reconstruction, ...

Animal rights activists sue the City for harassment and threats of arrest during demonstrations

Protestors claim they have been targeted for demonstrating against mistreatment of animals by the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Is the City Attorney's Office getting tired of those pesky demonstrators. The latest alleged crackdown involves animal rights activists protesting ...

Family of former Chargers player, Lewis Bush, sues NFL in federal court

Lawsuit is one of many from families against the NFL for misleading the public and players about the dangers of the game.

The family of former Chargers player Lewis Bush has joined the growing list of families suing the National Football League ...

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