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The San Diego County grand jury supported Mayor Jerry Sanders’ plan to reorganize the beleaguered Real Estate Assets Department in a report the panel released today.

The report recommended that the city implement the business model that Grubb & Ellis assembled to reorganize the real estate agency, which Sanders has pushed for since hiring the outside firm last year.

The county grand jury also found that surplus city land should be sold through a public listing and not an auction, which is in accordance with the normal way of disposing land in the private sector.

The report also said it found “friction” and “lack of cooperation it found” between the City Attorney’s Office and the Real Assets Department. The panel recommended that the two agencies “establish an efficient and timely working relationship to maximize the return on all City Property.”

Sanders is hoping the grand jury’s review will inspire the council to approve his plan to put 19 surplus properties valued at a minimum of $40.8 million on the market. The council is expected to hear Sanders’ land sale proposal May 21.

You can read the grand jury report here.

Also, you can read a voiceofsandiego.org article about some of the properties that are expected to be put up for sale here.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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