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Chula Vista Residents To Vote For First Elected City Attorney

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Aired 6/7/10

Chula Vista residents vote this week for a mayor, two council members and a city attorney. Chula Vista voters passed a charter amendment in 2008 to establish an elected city attorney for the first time.

Chula Vista residents vote this week for a mayor, two council members and a city attorney. Chula Vista voters passed a charter amendment in 2008 to establish an elected city attorney for the first time.

Glen Googins and Robert Faigin are running for the position -- a role that promises to be a significant addition to Chula Vista’s political hierarchy.

Googins supporter, John Moot, is a former Chula Vista city councilman. Moot said the Charter amendment should have required the city attorney to be a resident of Chula Vista, but it doesn’t. Faigin lives in Lakeside

“I’m unaware of any other position in which you do not have to reside in the community in order to represent the community. I think that the person who sponsored the amendment, and is now funding the candidate who doesn’t live in the city, is trying to stop all redevelopment in the central core of Chula Vista,” said Moot.

Earl Jentz, who owns property in the center of Chula Vista, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support an elected city attorney. He issued a statement saying he supports candidates he believes do the right thing for the community.

Jentz’s candidate, Faigin, said he is not running to block downtown development, but to promote open government. He said it doesn’t matter he lives in Lakeside.

“The U.S. Constitution is the same in Lakeside as it is in the City of Chula Vista,” Faigin said. “State law is the same in Lakeside as it is in Chula Vista. I’m running actually as the fresh start candidate.”

Faigin said he wants to clean up Chula Vista City Hall.

Whoever becomes the city attorney will be the highest paid elected official in Chula Vista, earning a salary of more than $200,000.

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jjryan | June 7, 2010 at 10:42 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

I have been so sick of hearing people bash Faigin because he doesn't live here. Well, the politicians who do live here have gotten us into the mess that we are in! Mr. Googins is one of those people who have cost the city money. I don't care how you package it, but Mr. Googins received tax payer dollars to leave the city attorney's office--$175,000 is more money then I will probably ever make in a year. He got money from us taxpayers for not doing ANY work. How many more settlements do we have to pay before city government wakes up and smells the stink they have created? Thank you, Mr. Faigin, for wanting to enter into the mess that our city is in. Your independence from those who work and control city government will be a breath of fresh air. As someone who is not involved in polticis, I want to know that I can depend on those I elect to have my best interest as heart. That person is you. You have my vote.

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