Jan Goldsmith: My Client Is the City of San Diego

San Diego's City Attorney discusses his very public exchange with Mayor Bob Filner

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Mar 1, 2013  |  Updated 3:18 PM PDT
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At one point in the interview, Cubbison told Goldsmith that the mayor was treating him like a pinata.

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San Diego's City Attorney discusses his recent and very public exchange with Mayor Bob Filner on this week's "Politically Speaking with Gene Cubbison."

In the interview, scheduled to air on NBC 7 Sunday, Goldsmith talked about the disagreement that bubbled up in front of news cameras on Feb. 20.

Filner and Goldsmith disagreed about a lawsuit that hotel owners were bringing against the mayor for withholding millions of dollars in disputed tourism marketing funds.

In the exclusive interview, Goldsmith said Filner is either getting bad legal advice or is making things up.

“The City Council had already made the decision on the policy. It’s not up to the mayor to change that policy,” he said.

Because this conflict involves a contract and not an ordinance, Goldsmith said it is a unique situation.

“I have a feeling the next four years is going to have a lot of unique situations,” Goldsmith said.

Watch the full interview Sunday, March 3 at 9 a.m. on NBC 7.

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