If City Attorney Jan Goldsmith had gotten his way, the mayor would have said nothing when his stadium task force presented its report last month.
The big public reveal of the task force’s ideas — the largest gathering of media for a report’s release I’ve ever seen — would not have happened either.
That was one of the requests the city attorney made in an email to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani April 28. After several weeks of haggling for it, the mayor’s office agreed to release the email and responses to it.
You can read it here.
The emails demonstrate the city attorney was nervous about the media attention the mayor’s task force and Chargers were getting.
“There have been concerns raised by the parties about the high level of distractions that could interfere with the ability to have fruitful discussions,” Goldsmith wrote to the mayor’s team and Fabiani before offering a series of proposals:
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Who is Stephen Puetz and why doesn't the mayor return his own emails? The city via the mayor has expressed displeasure with having to deal with Mark Fabiani rather than dealing with Dean Spanos directly yet he/they allow Mr. Puetz to express his opinions on behalf of the mayor. Does he really think the city attorney or the Chargers point man on stadium issues give a damn what the mayor's chief of staff thinks? This is like if my wife and I tried to settle a marital dispute through our children.
It is hard to view Mr. Goldsmith's conduct as a "genuine effort to fill a leadership vacuum." He uses his public position to accomplish secrecy in order to speed negotiations for something to which the people of this city have not agreed. It is a shame to think Mr. Goldsmith, breathing in the heady aroma of high-level importance, has not even considered that the tax burdens he wants us to bear -- whether by direct payments or by forbearance of other city necessities -- may not be in the best interests of the people he serves. His failure to disclose a non-privileged public record more closely resembles a genuine effort to avoid his responsibilities as a public servant.
The City Attorney slithers around downtown politics like a snake. A slimy snake at that. Ran for office stating "I am not interested in politics." Funny just like a politician he has gone back on his own word. Has anybody followed up on his email scam lately? Nope! Sounds a bit like the Hilary email program. Where are all the right wingers on this? Has anybody at VOSD really looked at this man record in the court room? Nope! Has anybody accounted on the tax payer dollars that have been waisted on his incompetent work and his political agenda that has cost the tax payers? Nope! The past two clowns have cost tax payer millions in damage more than that have saved us. They cover for politicians and the games played at city hall and now we see slither into the snake holes of the wealthy business owners as well. Shameful !
By “effort to fill a leadership vacuum” are you suggesting, acknowledging or pointing out that, at least for those paying attention, it’s becoming increasing clear Faulconer is an empty suit?
"The mix of public-private funding options outlined by the mayor’s task force is probably workable. "
Really? Putting the taxpayers on the hook to the tune of, what? A billion dollars? For a stadium we were assured would cost no public money at all?
People of San Diego, if you're tired of city services being cut back, ask the representative you elected why we can afford a billion dollar toybox for some rich team owner when our infrastructure continues to deteriorate? Do you WANT this thing jammed down your throat? If not, you'd better speak out now!
Great job VOSD for fighting the good fight with Goldsmith, and not rubbing it in his face afterwards.
Your organization is a class act.
@Steven Greer Thank you for recognizing greatness when you see it.
Of course Fabani wants the talks to begin right away with or without Goldsmith opinion. If the Rams move to Los Angles. That means the Charger would be the only team allowed to move into Carson. The NFL would not allow three teams. One team cannot support a 1.6 billion stadium in Carson. Plus hardly anyone in Los Angles cares about the Chargers. They will draw for a couple years. Then the attendance will fall off to 45,000-50,000.
As usual Goldsmith with his political spin is worthless. It also too bad we can't get rid of the County District Attorney on term limits.
Maybe the Rams can move to San Diego if Spanos goes to Carson.
@mike johnson The idea of the team moving to Carson (or any other place in LA) is patently absurd.
As far as the claim of desire for earlier negotiations, no one including the city has the ostensible authority to begin negotiations lacking the support of the people. The city can't negotiate anything against the wishes of its people. Doing so in an unauthorized manner would have blown in its face within a very short order.
@mike johnson You said, "It also too bad we can't get rid of the County District Attorney on term limits." What does Bonnie Dumanis have to do with this?
Here we go again, about to be taken advantage of by self-serving business interests. City of San Diego leaders have a long history of being duped by developers and other business interests, but always at the taxpayer's expense.
City leaders should stick to providing city services for which we employ them, and not serve as the rubes these business folks take them for (see Jan Goldsmith), because we always get the very raw end of the business deal. Hey, politicians get government jobs, because they don't do well in business. Hence, why would we let them negotiate on our behalf?
@Matthew DeVol Especially on a matter like the stadium for which the city has been taken repeatedly to the cleaners.
Goldsmith is in the Chargers pocket. I will gladly help pack the moving vans for this NFL mafia team! We have almost 4 billion in infrastructure problems in this city and we are being held hostage by the spanos gang.
Goldsmith is a former north county mayor, who was appointed as a judge, then moved into the City of San Diego in order to run for city attorney. He is a politician who knows how to spin PR, and often practices those skills more than he does any legal skills he
may have. I hope the voters do a better job of evaluating the candidates when Goldsmith leaves office and a new city attorney needs to be elected than they did the last time.
@Edward Moretti We are just beginning to inspect the pipes. We will let you know whether 2.0 or 10.0.
@Sam Ward You mean the lies part?
@Chris Brewster Since when a city attorney is supposed to be a politician? If an effing city attorney is acting as a politician then who the eff is doing the city's legal work?
Are you confusing people's employee with politician? Because they are quite different in nature.
Mr. Plassaras: So long as the City of San Diego Charter states that the City Attorney is an elected official, the incumbent will always be a politician by nature and that individual's legal approach will be colored by political beliefs. Conversely, the County Board of Supervisors appoints their legal advisor. That approach removes independence from the position (inasmuch as the County Counsel will endeavor to do the bidding of the Board of Supervisors), but also avoids the possibility that the legal advice will adjusted according to the individual's political beliefs. The City system has given us the dramas of Mike Aguirre and Jan Goldsmith. It's the nature of the beast.
@Robert Cohen unfortunately he is both
@Chris Brewster Judges are elected too. Do you expect judges to act as politicians or do you require that judges administer the law and promote a sense of justice in society?
Because it seems to me that judges and city attorneys elected by a public vote are expected to precisely be apolitical in order to do their job right. Any clown violating such covenant with society ought to be thrown in jail.
Mr. Plassaras: Like the Supreme Court for example, where political ideology never enters the picture? Like you, I believe the City Attorney should approach the job apolitically. So long as the position is an elected one, that is unlikely to happen. As for local judges, although they are elected less frequently and in a less politically charged way, political ideology sometimes enters into the picture. It shouldn't. You can't jail people for approaching a legal issue through the lens of their personal ideology.