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As we reported today, City Attorney Mike Aguirre is suing several developers and about 1,500 landowners in Mission Valley for the developers not holding up promises that they build certain improvements along the San Diego River.

Council President Scott Peters said the council never authorized the lawsuit, a point he stressed hours later when the council decided to curb Aguirre’s authority for unilaterally filing lawsuits.

But Joe Cordileone, the deputy city attorney overseeing the case for Aguirre, called in this evening to say that Peters is mistaken. The council approved the lawsuit Dec. 4, 2006 in closed session before filing it a month later in Superior Court.

“It’s inaccurate,” he said of Peters’ claim.

The agenda for the closed session council meeting that December day includes a notice for discussing anticipated litigation with Cordileone.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN and ANDREW DONOHUE

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