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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.

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

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…

Audit Pans City Real Estate Dealings

Audit Pans City Real Estate Dealings

This post originally appeared in the July 23 Morning Report. Get the Morning Report delivered to your inbox. A city audit released late Thursday found that real estate acquisitions on former Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s watch suffered from insufficient due diligence, less than full disclosure to the City Council and a lack of clarity on various responsibilities that led…

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