3 p.m., Sept. 18
City Wants Kessler Suit Thrown Out
At 10 a.m. Friday, Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer will hear a request by the City of San Diego to have the Kessler vs. San Diego suit thrown out. Scott Kessler was fired by the City after giving information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Police Department detective who were putting together an investigation on alleged corruption involving Little Italy political powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and convicted felon Joe Mannino. The detailed study of corruption was passed to the district attorney, who did not pursue the case. On July 9, Meyer ruled that Mayor Jerry Sanders should be deposed in the case. The City had argued that he should be exempted. Now the City wants summary judgment. "I am betting a thousand hours of my time that the City will lose," says Josh Gruenberg, Kessler's attorney.