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In 2016, San Diego leased a downtown high-rise, hoping to house its workers in the towering office space. It’s been a disaster ever since.

Renovating the space blew past cost expectations and eventually forced city workers to evacuate after construction inadvertently disturbed asbestos in the building. The city is now tied up in lawsuits over what officials knew about the state of the building and when they knew it, and the transaction itself is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

Gloria: Former City COO Implied She Wanted a Job If He Won Mayor’s Race

I reported last week on ex-Chief Operating Officer Kris Michell’s revelation under oath that she handed a copy of a law firm’s purportedly confidential analysis of the 101 Ash St. transaction to then-city attorney candidate Cory Briggs as she mulled whether to blow the whistle on the debacle. Michell also disputed allegations made in a bombshell City Attorney’s Office…

All 101 Ash Legal Battles Didn’t End with Settlement Deal

The city of San Diego last week consummated a controversial settlement partially to avoid a years-long legal battle over its scandal-plagued 101 Ash St. and Civic Center Plaza buildings, but the deal didn’t end all the legal woes surrounding the debacle. The city is still left with a flurry of litigation tied to building renovations…

Ex-COO Denies Ordering Purge of 101 Ash Docs

Two months after the City Attorney’s Office accused her of ordering the deletion of 101 Ash St. related city records, former Chief Operating Officer Kris Michell testified under oath that the letter was “inaccurate” and politically motivated.

What’s In the City’s Proposed 101 Ash Settlement

Mayor Todd Gloria and City Attorney Mara Elliott disagree over whether a proposed deal with the city’s 101 Ash St. landlord and lenders behind two city leases is the right option. We break down the proposed deal and the arguments for and against it.

City Attorney’s Office Still Waiting to Hear from Ex-COO

This post originally appeared in the May 17 Morning Report. Get the free daily newsletter here. City Attorney Mara Elliott’s office says former Chief Operating Officer Kris Michell has yet to formally respond to its May 11 letter accusing the ex-city bureaucrat of directing the city’s Information Technology Department to purge records tied to 101…


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