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some of those holes.
“We have one of the worst city charters in the country,” said James Ingram, who teaches urban politics at UC San Diego and San Diego State University. He helped with the last revision leading to a strong mayor form of government.
What are some of the problems? Unlike most, we let politicians decide how hard it is to recall them. Crazy how it’s turned out to be much harder to do here. We may have a new strong-mayor form of government but the charter still gives very little time for a transition of new mayors, unlike other cities.
Other rules are still in the charter even though they’ve been made moot. One passage even still refers to the mayor as a member of the City Council.
Port Commissioner vs. City Attorney, Rounds 3 and 4
That Goldsmith comment at Politifest was only one of the many interesting things said on stage. (By the way, we posted the video of that
main discussion at Politifest here.)
Another was Goldsmith’s claim that he would give the mayor an “out” as his legal challenges mounted. Earlier this week, Liam Dillon explained just how complicated this supposed out would be
to put together.
This included a not-too-kind volley between Port Commissioner Bob Nelson and Assistant City Attorney Paul Cooper about the performance of the city attorney.
Dagny Salas regularly pulls and highlights some of the best comments on our site. Today she pulled another response from Nelson. As she writes, Nelson “turned up his critique of Goldsmith
from burn to incinerate.”
And then, yes,
• Salas also has
the comments of the week, featuring one reader who thinks all the comedians hammering Filner deserve our thanks.
• And one last point: San Diego Uptown News
had a nice roundup of the Politifest discussion. (You might be able to tell I’m a big fan of Politifest. Helps that I just learned it paid for itself again.) Explainer: Principal on Special Assignment
troubling audit about special funds at La Jolla High School came out, Principal Dana Shelburne got a new title: “principal on special assignment.”
Shelburne and the district’s leaders insist it wasn’t a result of the audit. But Alex Corey took the opportunity
to explain what a principal on special assignment actually is and what we know about this arrangement. Chargers, Chargers, Oh Chargers
Is it too early to worry about the fate of our football team?
This week’s Sports Report
tackles the question head on. There’s a lot of pain. Actual pain.
On the one hand, you’ll be relieved to know that the team realizes
it should not give the ball away to the other teams it plays.
On the other hand, in his oft-hilarious pre-season tour of “why your team sucks,” Drew Magary has included the Chargers. Sorry.
It’s pretty brutal.
File photo by Sam Hodgson
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers
Court: City Doesn’t Have to Do Social Security
You might remember that the state passed a law requiring cities that got rid of guaranteed pensions for their employees — like San Diego did for many of its workers — were required to enroll in Social Security.
(City employees do not get Social Security.)
Oddly, this split San Diego’s employee unions. Some don’t want Social Security and want to help their employees manage the full retirement contribution the city is willing to make in exchange. The city attorney
won a victory for that side Friday. Quick News Hits
• A judge delivered
a vicious blow to the state’s high-speed rail initiative.
• A Chula Vista pitcher
threw a no-hitter in the Little League World Series.
• The state killed redevelopment last year. That was the program that created investment for blighted communities but kept money from flowing into schools and other needs. There’s a proposal to bring it back in a new form, and this U-T column
explains it well.
• San Diego’s
unemployment rate is going up. Quote of the Week
“The scenarios of how this could work out is more complicated than a Rubik’s Cube and I’ve never been able to solve a Rubik’s Cube so I won’t even try to predict the outcome of all of this.”
— Lee Burdick, the mayor’s chief of staff, on how
Filner might resolve all his problems. Quote of the Week II
“I’ve got a lot of fucking money in the bank. It allows me to sleep at night. It allows me to do my job with a whole lot integrity and not worry about losing it.”
—San Diego City Comptroller Ken Whitfield.
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