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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.

"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:



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.

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nostalgic April 2, 2013 @ 7:23 a.m.

He's the guy who never moved his feet while dancing, right? Any chance of identifying the supporting cast?


dwbat April 2, 2013 @ 4:11 p.m.

I've been better performances in junior high school.


devilsdaughter64 April 3, 2013 @ 8:41 a.m.

i think the irony is that it was posted on April 1, of course the Fools Day.. also think its ironic that they are arrogant enough to say on the nominations page that Self-nominations are encouraged...cant tell anymore if im watching comic opera or Shakespearean tragedy...


Fred Williams April 12, 2013 @ 4:48 a.m.

Lani Lutar doesn't defend tax payers...she is in the employ of tax takers who stuff their pockets with public money. She's a shameless smokescreen, diverting attention away from the reality of the situation.

But since she's practiced at providing convenient quotes for lazy journalists, she's unquestioningly quoted as if she were an oracle.

Lani is a lobbyist, and she works for those who pay her salary. That means the big hotels, the developers, and the political insiders...she could care less about tax payers, as any examination of the SDCTA's endorsements would easily show.


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