Like most agencies, the city of San Diego retains legal counsel to review its financial disclosures like the 2005 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report I’ve been talking about the last two days.

San Diego’s current lawyer for this effort, D.C.-based John McNally, just took responsibility for the little error we discovered in the report.

In an e-mail to the City Attorney’s Office, and specifically, Deputy City Attorney Brant Will, McNally explains:

Brant, I saw the article on the Voice of San Diego webpage regarding the FY05 Letter of Transmittal. I take complete responsibility for the incorrect reference regarding the Stage 1 water declaration. Various drafts of the LOT contrasted Mike’s recommendation of a Stage 2 declaration with the Mayor’s voluntary efforts. In reviewing the Municipal Code to accurately reflect the procedures for the declaration of the various stages, I made the incorrect assumption that the voluntary efforts suggested by the Mayor were pursuant to a Stage 1 declaration.

I just talked to McNally, who confirmed the e-mail.

Unless anyone can think of another angle on this little misstep, I’m done.

SCOTT LEWIS

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