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Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney


Jan Goldsmith, former San Diego city attorney


The role of a city attorney may not be as high profile as a mayor or city councilman but the job can have a major influence in how successful a city is and what direction it moves.

Jan Goldsmith has been San Diego's city attorney for the last eight years.

During that time he dealt with the resignation of former Mayor Bob Filner, controversy over a plan to finance an expansion of the convention center and pension reform.

Goldsmith served as a San Diego Superior Court judge for a decade before he beat incumbent city attorney Mike Aguirre in 2008. Goldsmith was also mayor of Poway and served three terms in the California Assembly.

Mara Elliot, a former deputy San Diego city attorney, was elected as Goldsmith’s successor.

Goldsmith reflects on his time in office Friday on Midday Edition.


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