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Victor Vilaplana resigned from the Port Commission today, leaving open one of the three city of San Diego slots on the seven-member harbor board.

Vilaplana said he will not be able to keep up his commitment to the Unified Port of San Diego, which represents five San Diego Bay-area cities, because of mounting obligations at his law firm, Foley & Lardner LLP. His resignation is effective May 31. You can read Vilaplana’s letter of resignation here.

Mayor Jerry Sanders opened up the city of San Diego’s nominating period today. Only council members are allowed to nominate and vote on the appointment.

Recently, the council decided to reappoint Stephen Cushman to a third term on the board over local consultant Laurie Black. The decision followed a contentious debate and even a momentary deadlock within the council’s ranks.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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