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Mayor Filner Could Veto Money For City Attorney’s Office

Aired 6/13/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wont say if he will axe a budget amendment that restores some funding to the city attorney.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner addressed a number of issues, including the passage of his first budget by the City Council during his monthly “pen and paper” session with reporters on Wednesday.

Mayor Bob Filner talks to reporters about his proposed budget.

Filner would not disclose, however, whether he will veto an amendment that grants $500,000 to the city attorney's office.

Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith are in the midst of an ongoing public feud, in part because the mayor’s budget cut $1.4 million from Goldsmith's office. The City Council on Monday added an amendment that returned $500,000 of those funds. Now the ball is back in the mayor’s court, because he has the power to veto that amendment.

Goldsmith's office has warned that the cuts would mean having to fire employees but Filner said that won't happen.

“There doesn’t have to be any layoffs. That was all just scare tactics. On the other hand, since it's only 1 percent, why fight about it? So that’s what we haven’t figured out yet. I mean, it’s not a very big item in the scheme of things,” he said.

The mayor said for now he is weighing his options. He said funding for the city attorney’s office is the only item in the budget he would strike. He supports all other additions made by the City Council.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 12, 2013 at 5:41 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

He could veto it and the City Council could override his veto handing him an embarrassing defeat.

Perhaps Filner is doing some serious arm twisting of council members in his smoke filled office ahead of such a decision.

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Mmikey | June 13, 2013 at 7:43 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

the feude continues .

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DonWood | June 13, 2013 at 7:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

After making a public ass of himself attacking the mayor every change he got, Goldsmith should be quaking in his boots about now, wondering if he could get five votes to overturn a mayoral veto of the council's add-back his offices budget. Regardless of what the Mayor decides to do, Goldsmith has brought it upon himself. Maybe he'll learn a lesson and start doing his own job, instead of mindlessly attacking the mayor to score points with GOP campaign contributors and the UT.

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