I just got a call from attorney Cory Briggs and he said a Superior Court judge just scheduled a hearing for Monday at 1:30 p.m. to decide on the suit challenging former Southeastern Economic Development Corp. President Carolyn Y. Smith’s $100,350 severance.

Briggs’ client, local activist Ian Trowbridge, challenged Smith’s termination agreement, arguing that it was illegally agreed to behind closed doors. SEDC’s attorney has argued that the SEDC board didn’t arrive at the number in its closed-door meeting, saying that the figure was derived from Smith’s employment contract.

Trowbridge’s suit seeks to have the current termination agreement wiped away. Smith was fired after a voiceofsandiego.org investigation revealed a clandestine system of bonuses that paid more than $1 million to SEDC employees over the last five years.


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