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Filner Gets Outside Counsel For TMD Suit, Goldsmith Responds

The City Council has agreed to pay for an outside attorney to defend Mayor Bob Filner in a lawsuit over the hotel fees used for marketing the city.

Aired 3/14/13 on KPBS News.

The legal fight over San Diego’s Tourism Marketing District will move forward without input from San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. Now Goldsmith is speaking out about the decision.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith speaks at a press conference over the Tourism Marketing District agreement.

In a statement, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said he was very careful not to express an opinion on whether Filner should sign an agreement extending the operation of San Diego’s Tourism Marketing District. And he said the city will soon be legally removed from the case.

Goldsmith's statement read in part:

The City of San Diego is in the process of finalizing an agreement with the San Diego Tourism Marketing District Corp. to dismiss the City as a defendant in San Diego Tourism Marketing District Corp. v. Robert Earl Filner and City of San Diego.

This will now be a matter between the TMD and the Mayor, although the City Council has unanimously stipulated that the Mayor should sign the TMD Operating Agreement.

As the City has done in other cases and as allowed under the law, the City Council has unanimously approved the retention of outside counsel for the Mayor.

Filner's spokeswoman would not tell U-T San Diego what lawyer was hired or how much he or she will be paid.

The district allows city hotels to charge an additional fee and then use that money to market San Diego. Filner does not support the district and has refused to release the marketing funds. He said Goldsmith acted improperly by holding a press conference on the marketing dispute and that he can’t trust Goldsmith to represent him.

The two have had a rocky relationship since Filner took office last December.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | March 13, 2013 at 9:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Goldschmuck for costing the city money.

Your antics and political witch-hunts have made you ineffective as city attorney.

If we have to hire an outside attorney because Mr. Goldspank can't do his job, then it's time to oust Mr. Goldshame.


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Mmikey | March 14, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

threaten to use the money from the tdm fund to pay the legal fees and see how fast they back down.

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jjking20000101 | March 14, 2013 at 10:36 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Well, a few years ago, the republicans in City Hall gave the then City Attorney Mike Aguirre a lot of headaches and eventually got him out of the City Attorney's office. Now that the democrats are in the City Hall, will the same fate be waiting for Jan Goldsmith?

When the republican city attorneys were working in sync with the republican mayors in the 1990s and early 2000s, we did not see as much in fight. But we ended up seeing the huge pension deficit by surprise.

Which is better?
Don't we expect to see checks and balances in our governments?

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DonWood | March 14, 2013 at 5:42 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Goldsmith is banking on getting big contributions from local hotel owners for his upcoming mayoral campaign.

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