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Key Sunroad Figure Leaves City of San Diego

Another high-level city official involved in the Sunroad scandal is out of a job. Marcela Escobar-Eck was the director of development for San Diego . The mayor's office won't say whether she quit or got fired. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Escobar-Eck essentially wrote the permit that let Sunroad Enterprises build up its office tower near Montgomery Field. The FAA says that tower is too high for planes to land safely, and the mayor wants the building brought down immediately.

Mayor Jerry Sanders acknowledges serious communication failures citywide. His spokesman, Fred Sainz, says developers will now have to get permission from the FAA to expand anything within four miles of an airport.

Sainz: And so that's the ultimate stopgap, so that Sunroad-like catastrophes can never happen again in the city of San Diego.

The development director's boss, Jim Waring, was fired last week after being accused of lobbying to change the rules for Sunroad. Sainz says this scandal has been "very painful" for the mayor.

Andrew Phelps, KPBS News.

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