City Attorney Mike Aguirre will ask the City Council this week to consider suing Doug Manchester to force the Navy Broadway Complex developer to indemnify the city of San Diego.

Manchester is redeveloping the harbor-front military property into a collection of office buildings and hotels, as well as a new regional headquarters for the Navy. The development plans are spelled out in an agreement between the city and the Navy.

Aguirre has held that he has the authority to sue unilaterally on behalf of the city, but the council inserted language into its spending plan for the next year that requires he gain the council’s approval before city accountants will pay for outside lawyers.

The Manchester issue is scheduled for discussion today or tomorrow in closed session, where the council meets to discuss matters of litigation. Details of these legal discussions are typically kept private in order to protect the city’s strategy, but we’ll try to keep you apprised as we receive information.


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