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San Diego SANDAG Appointments Released After Filner, Gloria Public Spat

A single slate of appointments by the city of San Diego to the San Diego Association of Governments was released today, three days after competing lists led to a public squabble between Mayor Bob Filner and City Council President Todd Gloria.

The new list resolves the major issues raised in the tiff, over the mayor's appointment power and the bipartisan nature of the nominations, which are scheduled for council confirmation at Monday's meeting.

Under the proposal, both Filner and Gloria would serve on the Board of Directors of the regional planning agency, which is made up of mayors and council members from the various cities in the area, along with representatives from county government and institutions with a large local presence, like the Navy.

Filner had bypassed Gloria when he nominated San Diego's representatives on the Board of Directors.

At Tuesday's meeting, Filner accused the City Council of subverting his appointment-making power and frequently interrupted both Gloria and Assistant City Attorney Mary Jo Lanzafame, of whom he was harshly critical.

Filner, who has long been described as passionate by supporters and combative by opponents, later apologized for his behavior.

According to city documents, the new list of appointments originated from the mayor's office.

It also includes Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, a Republican, as a representative on SANDAG's Regional Planning Committee -- as requested by Gloria. Another GOP member, Scott Sherman, would be given a post on the organization's Energy Working Group.

A third Republican, Mark Kersey, was selected as an alternate for two SANDAG committees.

Both Filner and Gloria are Democrats.

Under the City Charter, the mayor nominates San Diego's representatives to outside agencies, boards and commissions -- subject to City Council approval. Since SANDAG's committees are made up of council members, appointments have in past practice been developed jointly by the mayor and council president.

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laplayaheritage | January 11, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Great news that a deal was made to allow Council President Todd Gloria to stay on SANDAG's Board of Directors and Transportation Committee. With Councilmember David Alvarez Appointed to SANDAG's border committee and the San Diego Regional Airport Authority.

Under our City Charter the Mayor still has the "SOLE Authority" to Appoint city representatives to outside agencies, boards and commission, with the City Council's approval.

Protocol under Mayor Sanders, not the law, made the joint Memorandum announcing Mayor Sanders' appointments with the Council President.

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laplayaheritage | January 12, 2013 at 7:22 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

There is a big legal difference between Nominate and Appoint.

The Mayor does not Nominate.

The Strong Mayor Appoints, subject to City Council's approval.

Specifically our City Charter Sections 265(b)(11 and 12). Pages 2 and 3 state:

http://docs.sandiego.gov/citycharter/Article%20XV.pdf

“Section 265: The Mayor

(b) In addition to exercising the authority, power, and responsibilities formally conferred upon the City Manager as described in section 260, the Mayor shall have the following additional rights, powers, and duties:

(11) As provided for in Charter sections 41 and 43, the authority to appoint members of City boards, commissions, and committees, subject to Council confirmation;

(12) Sole authority to appoint City representatives to boards, commissions, committees and governmental agencies, unless controlling law vests the power of appointment with the City Council or a City Official other than the Mayor;”

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