Anchor ads are not supported on this page.

4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

San Diego city attorney dances to lobbyists' tune in banquet video

Video posted by business lobbying group features Jan Goldsmith in chorus line to "help us roast our new mayor"

Lobbyists' banquets have not always been kind to Republican city attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Back in February, newly elected Democratic mayor Bob Filner took to the microphone at the Downtown Partnership's dinner and reportedly poked a little fun at Goldsmith's infamous toupee, which then-Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a Democrat, first called to public attention in 1994 during Goldsmith's tenure as a GOP assemblyman from Poway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FyRP1vvgoo

"Asked the fate of a Goldsmith bill to legalize ferrets as pets," the Union-Tribune once reported, "Brown replied, 'That bill is deader than that thing on his head.'"

Filner's February remarks about the hairpiece as well as other comments he made that apparently weren't music to the lobbyists' ears, drew a hailstorm of criticism on Twitter from the tables full of well-heeled influence peddlers.

Particularly incensed was Lani Lutar, then-executive director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, registered to lobby at city hall on topics including outsourcing and privatization of city services; so-called public-private partnerships; and "streamlining approval of the City's capital projects for quicker delivery of projects."

Most recent past chairman of the lobbying group's board, a veritable who's who of San Diego special interests, is Mike McDowell, vice president of corporate affairs at Atlas Hotels, the firm owned by C. Terry Brown, who lead the charge to sue Filner in an effort to force him to sign a funding contract negotiated by previous GOP mayor Jerry Sanders, who received sizable financial backing from the hotel industry.

Tweeted Lutar, who later left her position at the lobbying group:

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/feb/07/39712/

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/feb/07/39713/

Now a video has arrived on YouTube touting a banquet to be staged early next month by the Taxpayers Association.

One of the stars is Goldsmith, apparently playing himself as a chorus boy dancing in support of the lobbyists' mascot, someone dressed up as a watchdog.

As reported earlier today, Filner has accused the city attorney of conflicts of interest resulting from his heavy support by the hotel business.

The final lyrics of the song backing Goldsmith's performance: "help us roast our new mayor."

And the city attorney is wearing a hat.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Ravel, Bates, and Respighi at San Diego Symphony

Next Article

South Park’s Big Kitchen offers food, love, and politics

Before she came to San Diego, Judy was a social worker

Lobbyists' banquets have not always been kind to Republican city attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Back in February, newly elected Democratic mayor Bob Filner took to the microphone at the Downtown Partnership's dinner and reportedly poked a little fun at Goldsmith's infamous toupee, which then-Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a Democrat, first called to public attention in 1994 during Goldsmith's tenure as a GOP assemblyman from Poway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FyRP1vvgoo

"Asked the fate of a Goldsmith bill to legalize ferrets as pets," the Union-Tribune once reported, "Brown replied, 'That bill is deader than that thing on his head.'"

Filner's February remarks about the hairpiece as well as other comments he made that apparently weren't music to the lobbyists' ears, drew a hailstorm of criticism on Twitter from the tables full of well-heeled influence peddlers.

Particularly incensed was Lani Lutar, then-executive director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, registered to lobby at city hall on topics including outsourcing and privatization of city services; so-called public-private partnerships; and "streamlining approval of the City's capital projects for quicker delivery of projects."

Most recent past chairman of the lobbying group's board, a veritable who's who of San Diego special interests, is Mike McDowell, vice president of corporate affairs at Atlas Hotels, the firm owned by C. Terry Brown, who lead the charge to sue Filner in an effort to force him to sign a funding contract negotiated by previous GOP mayor Jerry Sanders, who received sizable financial backing from the hotel industry.

Tweeted Lutar, who later left her position at the lobbying group:

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/feb/07/39712/

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/feb/07/39713/

Now a video has arrived on YouTube touting a banquet to be staged early next month by the Taxpayers Association.

One of the stars is Goldsmith, apparently playing himself as a chorus boy dancing in support of the lobbyists' mascot, someone dressed up as a watchdog.

As reported earlier today, Filner has accused the city attorney of conflicts of interest resulting from his heavy support by the hotel business.

The final lyrics of the song backing Goldsmith's performance: "help us roast our new mayor."

And the city attorney is wearing a hat.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox Movies@Home — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close

Anchor ads are not supported on this page.