You want to know how much money the city comptroller has in his own bank account? Well, he gives a pretty classic description here. He told our Liam Dillon that it helps him stand up to the mayor.
Dillon talked to him about the flap over the mayor’s office use of a city credit card, which the city attorney is trying to argue is an offense great enough to actually throw the mayor out. The interview has loads of nuggets about some of the other brewing scandals around Filner’s short time in office, which we summarize here.
The City Charter’s a Mess
At Politifest recently, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith admitted that his attorneys do not regularly look through the City Charter to update it and fix contradictions or problems with state and national law.
He said he thinks we should have a charter commission fix some of the holes.
Today we give you a peek at 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.