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Gloria, Filner come to agreement on SANDAG appointees

According to the office of San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, he and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have come to terms on who will be recommended to fill the city’s two seats on the San Diego Association of Governments board of directors.

The issue led to a bit of a power struggle at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting, during which Gloria said he was under the impression that Filner had given the green light on recommendations made earlier by Gloria. Speaking to the council, the mayor denied giving any such approval, stating that he had a willingness to work with the council president informally to reach a list of recommended candidates, but that the authority to appoint ultimately was in his hands.

At Friday’s morning meeting of the SANDAG board, Gloria —sitting in temporarily as an alternate, along with San Diego City Councilwoman Lori Zapf — said discussions on the issue were ongoing with Filner, and that they hoped for a resolution by the afternoon.

Gloria’s office then released in the afternoon a list of recommended appointments it said he and the mayor had agreed to put before council. The list has been docketed for City Council action at its Jan. 14 meeting.

“Mayor Filner and I came together to recommend a list of appointments to outside agencies that will ensure the City is well-represented and reflects the interests and strengths of the Mayor and all councilmembers,” Gloria said in an emailed comment.

Gloria's deputy chief of staff, Katie Keach, said that Gloria had "made an effort to work with Mayor Filner based on the manner previous council presidents and Mayor Sanders had handled these appointments, though that may have simply been collegial and customary and not legally required."

The negotiated list includes Gloria and Filner as the recommended board appointees — no different from Gloria’s original proposal. Filner had earlier recommended Councilman David Alvarez to join him on the board.

Councilwoman Marti Emerald is recommended to be the first alternate to Filner, while Alvarez would be the first alternate to Gloria. The recommendations did not specify a second alternate to Filner — the mayor had originally proposed it to be whoever wins the special election for the vacant Fourth District seat on the council. Councilwoman Sherri Lightner is recommended as the second alternate to Gloria.

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