Nobody from Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office has asked Sunroad to call off its planned donations to the city of San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department, the mayor’s spokesman just told me.

Fred Sainz said Sunroad spokeswoman Karen Hutchens is incorrect in saying that the city has asked the company to call off its final $200,000 donation towards the city’s Fire-Rescue Department’s helicopter. The $200,000 would have been the last of five installments, bringing the company’s total donations to $1 million.

However, Sainz said Hutchens had brought up a good point, and that he had been in contact with City Attorney Mike Aguirre to seek advice on whether the city should continue a fundraising relationship with Sunroad. The city is currently suing Sunroad.

“I called the city attorney to see if there are any legal or conceptual conflicts to working with this company,” Sainz said.

Aguirre said his office is in the process of looking into the matter.


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