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Lemon Grove Mayor Offers Advice to San Diego's on SANDAG

Latest salvo sees San Diego mayor questioning SANDAG on possible $40 million PR spending.

Since becoming mayor of San Diego in December, Bob Filner has shaken the downtown establishment. Last week, he and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith—the former Poway mayor—argued over Tourism Marketing District revenues. Now U-T San Diego reports how Filner challenged the San Diego Association of Governments over a plan to spend $40 million on outside public relations.

At a SANDAG board meeting Friday, Santee Councilman Jack Dale, the board chairman, “interjected several times to provide an opening for staff to answer Filner’s questions,” the U-T reported.

The board took no action on Filner’s request for board intervention on the PR contracts — prompting the Democrat to say he was being ignored, the U-T said.

“What happens to my request?” he was quoted as saying. “Can I put this on an agenda?”

The U-T also said Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom noted her board service dating back to 1996, and accused Filner of getting bogged down in minutia and referred him to the organization’s bylaws.

“It will help you a lot,” Sessom was quoted as saying.

Filner shot back:

“These are not minutia. These are important policy issues. I don’t need to be patronized by someone who’s been here since 1996. I can tell you I’ve been in politics since 1979. I won’t patronize you that way. So do not call my issues minutia. Do not patronize me that I don’t know anything that’s going on here.”

What do YOU think?  Is Filner overstepping his bounds as mayor, or are his questions long overdue?  Tell us in the comments.

Andrew M Halmay February 26, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Strap in ,..... it's going to be a bumpy ride
James Davis February 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM
I will take Mayor Sessom's leadership any day over this train wreck in San Diego as it relates to his less than stellar reactions in the public arena thus far. Ultimately we will see how great or damaged SD proper turns out after his first term is up. It might be exactly what they needed minus the theatrics. You have to give him credit for having a strong opinion regardless if you agree with him or not :)

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