The city’s top two elected officials are also its chief political rivals.

Mayor Bob Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith have repeatedly battled since Filner took office in December. That rivalry seemed to reach its climax in February when Filner crashed a press conference at the city attorney’s office, but it’s still playing out.

Filner’s first budget proposal suggests Goldsmith lay off 13 staffers to trim $1.4 million. Goldsmith denounced those potential cuts at a Wednesday meeting and the City Council seemed to largely take his side.

Here, we provide a timeline of the clashes, which you can click to enlarge, that have marked the tense relationship between the mayor and the city attorney.

Lisa Halverstadt is a reporter at Voice of San Diego. Know of something she should check out? You can contact her directly at or 619.325.0528.

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