Morning Report: Labor Chief Quits Charity Over Affiliation With Ousted Lemmon

A yr after Tom Lemmon was pressured out of the San Diego Constructing and Building Trades Council for receiving as much as $200,000 in compensation he wasn’t entitled to, one other union chief resigned his place with a charity group tied to the Constructing Trades as a result of Lemmon was nonetheless concerned with it.

Dave Gauthier, enterprise supervisor and monetary secretary-treasurer for SMART Native 206, a sheet steel employees union, despatched a letter to the leaders of the John S. Lyon Basis final week, following the group’s annual gala, as a result of Lemmon was nonetheless related to the charity.

“I’m not comfy exposing myself or SMART Native 206 to any joint monetary selections that embrace Mr. Lemmon, nor am I comfy with Mr. Lemmon benefitting from these selections,” Gauthier wrote in a Sept. 14 letter obtained by Voice of San Diego. Reached by textual content message, Gauthier wouldn’t clarify what monetary selections he was referring to. Carol Kim, the present CEO of the inspiration, didn’t reply to a request for remark. Neither did Lemmon.

Click on right here for extra on the continued fallout from Lemmon’s departure from the Constructing Trades.

Former Democratic Celebration Chief Sued for Sexual Assault

Oscar David Rendon, a 23-year-old former San Diego Metropolis Faculty scholar, has sued Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, the previous chief of the San Diego County Democratic Celebration, alleging that he was raped by his ex-boyfriend after an evening of heavy ingesting, as reported Thursday by the Instances of San Diego.

The lawsuit additionally alleges that Councilman Stephen Whitburn was within the house when the alleged assault occurred a yr in the past, and that he didn’t intervene regardless of seeing that he was intoxicated. The lawsuit features a March police report, which describes Rendon as being visibly shaken when reporting the incident.

Rendon filed his lawsuit per week after Rodriguez-Kennedy introduced that the district legal professional’s workplace knowledgeable him it could not cost him over the allegations. 

Thursday night, Rodriguez-Kennedy issued a press launch denying the allegations within the lawsuit. He introduced a Friday morning press convention along with his authorized group to refute the claims.

IB is Working Out of Endurance with Cellular Residence Park Landlord

An empty parcel contained in the Miramar Imperial Seaside Cellular Residence and RV Park. New rental charges begin at $1,250. / Photograph by Jesse Marx

The Imperial Seaside Metropolis Council directed employees this week to draft new rental protections for the Miramar Cellular Residence and RV Park. That park, as Jesse Marx reported in August, one of many final inexpensive housing choices within the area, has been a hotbed of political organizing.

The park forces renters to maneuver out each six months for not less than 48 hours, with these agreeing dealing with lease will increase and those that don’t getting evicted.

Park house owners say the coverage permits them to make repairs on website. As a result of cell house parks fall beneath state jurisdiction, the town has been considerably restricted on the way it can reply.

Councilwoman Paloma Aguirre proposed the town take into account an ordinance towards the park that will institute anti-harassment provisions, a moratorium on evictions and a 3 % lease cap.

Councilman Ed Spriggs acknowledged the ordinance can be an uncommon step that would set off a lawsuit, however stated the state of affairs known as for it.

“Our accountability is to assist the individuals who stay in our neighborhood,” he stated. “And if that takes cracking some eggs, then so be it.”

Group Suing Metropolis Over Local weather Inaction Factors to Even Extra Local weather Inaction

Nicole Capretz, founding father of the advocacy group Local weather Motion Marketing campaign criticized the town of San Diego over its resolution to not make Blueprint SD, a land-use reform supposed to assist the town hit greenhouse fuel discount targets in its Local weather Motion Plan, a requirement on new growth. 

“Why do Mayor and Council approve daring CAPs in the event that they don’t need to implement??” she wrote.

In actual fact, her group quietly sued the town earlier this month arguing it has not significantly laid out the way it will obtain the emissions reductions it dedicated itself to earlier this yr in its up to date local weather plan. The CAC and the Coastal Environmental Rights Basis are asking a decide to invalidate the plan.

The plan requires neutralizing carbon emissions created by San Diego’s economic system by 2035. The lawsuit argues the town didn’t do 90 % of the issues it dedicated itself to in its 2015 plan.

Our Finest Politifest But

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This yr, we’re placing on the very best one but.

On Oct. 8 we’ve got debates scheduled between the candidates for San Diego Unified Faculty Board, sheriff, Metropolis Council and the county assessor’s race. Plus, a debate concerning the top restrict in Halfway and a particular discussion board with Mayor Todd Gloria and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher on the politics of homelessness.

Bonus: Should you’re a South Bay resident, you gained’t need to miss our two-part stay podcast on Oct. 6 that includes mayoral candidates from Chula Vista and Nationwide Metropolis. The lineup contains native meals and beer distributors, plus stay music all through the night time.

We hope you’ll be part of us. See the complete lineup and get your tickets as we speak.

In Different Information

  • The Metropolis of San Diego discovered extra issues on the century-old Hodges Dam, a reservoir and flood-control infrastructure, which implies repairs in addition to public entry to the lake’s on-water leisure makes use of will take slightly longer than anticipated. (Union-Tribune)
  • A key witness took the stand Thursday within the case of the Navy man accused of setting fireplace to the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego’s Port again in July of 2020, inflicting large air high quality issues for the close by neighborhoods of Logan Heights. (CBS 8) 
  • The softening of a cap on new hashish dispensaries is making its manner by San Diego Metropolis Corridor. (Union-Tribune)
  • The army contractor often known as “Fats Leonard,” the mastermind behind the worst public corruption scandal in U.S. Navy historical past was apprehended in Venezuela after fleeing San Diego forward of sentencing. (CBS 8)
  • San Diego Metropolis Council formally apologized for supporting Japanese incarceration throughout World Battle II by rescinding a decision signed in 1942 that urged the FBI to take away Japanese People from the neighborhood. (CNN)

The Morning Report was written by Andrew Keatts, MacKenzie Elmer and Megan Wooden. It was edited by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña. 


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