August 9, 2022

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City Legal professional Zaps Ask for for Outside the house Legislation Company in SDG&E Franchise Lawsuits

Town Legal professional Mara Elliott did an about-confront on selecting an worldwide legislation organization to deal with franchise-agreement difficulties. Picture by Chris Stone

The San Diego City Attorney’s Workplace has pulled the plug on its exertion to employ the service of multinational legislation firm Dentons for up to $250,000 to protect the city’s utility franchise agreements with SDG&E.

The determination came Monday afternoon — a lot less than 24 hours ahead of shut sessions Tuesday of the Metropolis Council, which will hear updates on two authorized steps around the SDG&E pact authorized 6-3 on June 8.

Petition for court get voiding San Diego fuel and electric franchise agreements (PDF

Besides a nicely-publicized June go well with by San Diego resident Kathryn Burton towards the town and six council members, a new 1 submitted July 12 goes significantly deeper.

The petition by the Guard Our Communities Basis alleges violations of the state’s environmental excellent legislation, the city’s Local climate Motion Approach and even the state rule that a two-thirds community vote is necessary to approve new taxes and fees. It needs the franchise discounts voided.

The case was assigned to Judge Carolyn M. Caietti in San Diego Remarkable Court docket.