The mayor’s use of his veto power to restore special election funding and take a shot at opponents was a power move that could change the politics of city budgets for years to come. And it was only the latest of many such moves provoked by novel interpretations of, and actual changes to, the City Charter.

Lee Burdick, who served as former Mayor Bob Filner’s chief of staff, offers her own account of why she joined the mayor’s team and stuck in the role as things came crashing down. Since Filner’s implosion, Burdick says her career has suffered from guilt by association. “I’m angry that I am no longer being evaluated – or even valued – based on my own merit,” she writes.