Mayor Bob Filner knew about the controversial Sunroad deal, Filner’s departed deputy chief of staff, Allen Jones, told Scott Lewis in a lengthy interview Friday – though Jones and Filner have different versions of how it ultimately came together.
Jones, himself a former developer, stands by the deal despite all the outcry: “This is exactly what a business would do if it were asked to give away something of value,” he said.
Jones also confirmed that he left his job because of the way Filner was treating staffers. Irene McCormack, Filner’s communications director, left alongside Jones.
About That $20 Million …
Not helping things for Filner: The city’s pension board voted Friday not to change the city’s pension payment, meaning those $20 million in savings Filner and others have touted lately as a result of five-year labor deals won’t happen next year. The move was a shock and a big discussion erupted on Twitter about the way the vote went down. While it got a majority of votes, it didn’t get the necessary seven, including one apparently from a representative of the mayor himself.