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City Ethics Commission Hearing On Emerald Violation Postponed

A hearing before San Diego City’s Ethics Commission today was postponed after Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s attorney challenged one of the commissioners.

Press photo of Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

Above: Press photo of Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

A show down of sorts is in the cards. The Ethics Commission alleges Emerald failed to report campaign debts in a timely fashion. They have proposed fining her $10,000.

Emerald does not dispute the finding, but her attorney Bob Ottilie is challenging the Ethics Commission staff.

“I am a strong supporter of the Ethics Commission,” Ottilie said after this morning’s hearing was postponed. “I was when it was founded; I’m still supportive of the Ethics Commission. This has nothing to do with the Ethics Commission, it has to do with their staff, which is, to a certain extent, out of control and unsupervised.”

Ottilie says the staff refused to sit down and negotiate a more reasonable settlement. He believes that was in retaliation against him because he spoke out against a proposal to give the Ethics Commission subpoena powers.

Ottilie asked one of the commissioners, Gil Cabrera, to be removed which means the full commission must now vote on a new panel to hold a hearing on Emerald’s violation at a later date.

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jessethomas | February 25, 2010 at 8:56 p.m. ― 6 years, 12 months ago

I'm no fan of politicians that love big government (actually that would be all politicians) but the charge of not filling out paperwork on time is just silly. The really interesting thing is that it is rules like that which are created by politicians like Marti.

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