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Mayor Bob Filner is ruining San Diego's reputation, says conservative political group, The Lincoln Club. And while many residents might consider that a good thing, the Lincoln Club does not agree. They say Filner is too strong of a mayor. An example of that power, says the Lincoln Club, was a recent altercation between Mayor Filner and a Deputy City Attorney where Mayor Filner allegedly booted the lawyer from a closed session meeting.

Here's the statement from the Lincoln Club:

“San Diegans voted to support a strong mayor form of government – not a strong-armed mayor. But that is exactly who Bob Filner is,” Lincoln Club President and CEO T.J. Zane said. “The mayor is abusing his authority and ruining San Diego’s reputation in the process.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve seen boorish behavior from Bob, but many people had hopes he would reign himself in as leader of America’s Finest City. Unfortunately, we’ve seen one embarrassing stunt after the next from our mayor and the Lincoln Club has real concerns about the affect all of this is having on San Diego and the business community. It’s naive to believe a classless Mayor won’t reflect poorly on our City."

Larry Stirling, a retired Superior Court judge and Lincoln Club member, said: "The mayor’s unwarranted actions against the deputy city attorney serving an independent City Attorney’s Office appear to violate both the government and penal codes. In the public interest, both the District Attorney and the Grand Jury should investigate this false arrest."

The altercation between Mayor Filner and Deputy City Attorney was chronicled in a story by the UT San Diego. In the story, even councilmembers, and not just those on the opposite side of the aisle from Filner, had some tough words for the Mayor.

Here's a statement that Council President Todd Gloria gave to UT San Diego: “The behavior I witnessed on Tuesday was wrong. Every employee should be treated with respect while performing their duties. The incident in question missed that mark significantly. I hope this episode is a wake-up call for all involved and results in behavior changes.

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nostalgic June 21, 2013 @ 4:27 p.m.

Puleeze! Anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of condescension from one of these Deputy City Attorneys will be cheering.


BlueSouthPark June 21, 2013 @ 8:38 p.m.

Ha! This is a great piece for The Onion. Hilarious! The Lincoln Club is a running joke. Our reputation!!! Wahhh.

As if no one remembers our national reputation of Enron by the Sea (from the early 1980s through 2003, Republican mayors and managers underfunding pensions), after which we shifted to End-Run by the Sea (under yet another Republican mayor, Jerry Sanders, using Goldsmith and his posse in the City Attorney's office to give a nod of approval to violating every inconvenient law possible.)

If by "not just those on the opposite side of the aisle from Filner" you mean Gloria, I'm laughing even harder.

Filner doesn't need a wake-up call, he's got eyes wide open. And I bet he's not losing any sleep, either


laplayaheritage June 22, 2013 @ 10:56 a.m.


It looking like a Republican set up with Criminal Division ACA Jones playing the political victim again, like he did with Aguirre. With Goldsmith and the Lincoln Club to the rescue to defend the presence of a Criminal Division lawyer at a Closed Session City Council meeting, that by law can only discuss Civil cases.

ACA Mary Jo Lanzafame in charge of the Advisory Division, who was also in Closed Session, assisted by Bonny Hsu, is the lead lawyer in charge of City Council issues if Goldsmith or ACA Don Worley in charge of the Civil Litigation Division are absent. Not ACA Jones.

Also Goldsmith's cover page states that he released retracted Close Session transcript, not approve by the City Council, in response to a 10 News Public Records Act (PRA) request. When the confidential and privileged closed session minute book, aka transcripts, are specifically exempt from the PRA by Government Code Section 54957.2 (a)


"Government Code Section 54957.2 (a) ... The minute book made pursuant to this section is not a public record subject to inspection pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1), and shall be kept confidential. The minute book shall be available only to members of the legislative body or, if a violation of this chapter is alleged to have occurred at a closed session, to a court of general jurisdiction wherein the local agency lies. Such minute book may, but need not, consist of a recording of the closed session."


monaghan June 22, 2013 @ 11:24 a.m.

Don't let the facts (from clear-eyed La Playa Heritage) interfere with the Lao Tse politics of weaseley City Attorney Jan Goldsmith who has declared GOP war on populist Mayor Bob Filner, with help from GOP Lincoln Club footsoldiers. Note to Lincoln Club: find more credible spokesman than retired Superior Court Judge Larry Stirling who was involved in charges of spousal abuse some years back. Stirling should be quiet as a mouse on Filner's "unwarranted actions."


BlueSouthPark June 22, 2013 @ 1:12 p.m.

The leaked "Confidential" transcript of the Closed Session covers 7 minutes. Exchanges between Filner and Jones occurred within only 6 minutes and 30 seconds (Filner enters the room at 9 a.m. and 30 seconds and the transcript ends at 9:07). It's all pretty tame, and from the immediate question Filner poses, "And what is Mr. Jones doing up here?" it's clear that the issue of Jones leaking confidential discussions had been hashed out previously. He was there to goad. And Todd was his partner in this amateur-hour theater.

I can imagine Todd Gloria, eagerly eying his Boy Scout chronometer second hand, with gavel poised and coming down at EXACTLY 9 a,m, on the dot. Filner's late, I'm the man today!

For context, Jones, working in the City Atty's office during Aguirre's term, worked to elect candidate Goldsmith and then conspired with Goldsmith to fire the Aguirre-era city attorneys that Sanders wanted out. A long Jan 28, 2009 Reader article (reprinted in a single page here: http://obrag.org/?p=3709 ) detailed how Jones was involved. It also reminds us that Mary Jo Lanzafame, who was in the June 18 2013 closed session meeting with Jones and Filner, was among six attorneys from the Casey Gwinn era rehired by Goldsmith.

Can anyone tell me which Shakespearean drama this all most closely resembles?

I suspect Filner always has more than he lets on, and infuriates the media by keeping it to himself...



BlueSouthPark June 22, 2013 @ 1:32 p.m.

I have to post one more thing: this is how Andrew Jones related the incident to the hackneyed, absurd Chris Reed:

“’He’s (verbally) attacked me in closed session to the extent that at one point he asked if I would sit in the back of the room,’ said Jones, who is black. ‘I, of course, considered it something similar to asking Rosa Parks to sit in the back of the bus. I was extremely offended by it but in deference to my boss I decided not to make a big deal out of it. But clearly he has a problem with me. I’m not sure why.’”

What self-respecting man, black or white, would ever compare himself to Rosa Parks over this kind of nonsense? This is a very badly written play, and Jones' role sickens me.


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