Sept. 18 2013 12:10 PM

April 2, 2013

Dear Vince,

 

I am writing this note to let you know my reasons for leaving employment with the Mayor at the end of today. I plan to continue my open government work elsewhere and remain committed to assisting the Filner administration as I am able.

I welcomed the opportunity to work with Bob the first hundred days.  Like you, I am thrilled at the philosophical change in the city's highest office. I appreciated the opportunity to work with you, Bob and all the Mayor's staff. They are an amazing group of people.

 

However, the work of open government has become too narrowly defined for me to successfully meet the public's or my expectations of what I am supposed to be doing.  Last Friday you informed me that I am not to concern myself with the Brown Act, specifically related to  educating and encouraging community groups or business improvement districts to comply with that law. It is not reasonable to create an open government position and expect that I can make a success of it without allowing me to address the Brown Act's requirements at all levels of government under the Mayor's supervision. 

 

Second, and more problematic, I again raised with you this past Thursday, my concerns about rumors that the Mayor may be involved with women other than his fiancée.  While I have no first-hand knowledge beyond his flirting, those who have spoken to me are credible supporters of his and would not make the allegations lightly or without some cause for concern.  I was also troubled by your response (to immediately fire any staff if they are raising such concerns) when I brought this to your attention.  Hearing that, I cannot continue to stay and be part of an administration that seems to have no real response as to whether these allegations are true.

Just as the Mayor's staff has obligations to behave in a manner that is responsible and appropriate, so too does the Mayor. I hope that both of you will take to heart what I am saying and deal with it. 


Sincerely,

 

Donna

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