Monday, July 18, 2005 - News - Tears Flow As Jury Reads Verdict - News - Tears Flow As Jury Reads Verdict

Under Government Code Section 1770.2, Acting Mayor Michael Zucchet and Councilman Ralph Inzunza are immediately suspended from office. The will eventually be removed from office under Section 12 of the City Charter. For now, San Diego has no mayor and only 6 of 8 members of the City Council with special elections already scheduled to fill the void created by Mayor Dick Murphy's resignation. If Donna Frye is elected as the next Mayor, yet another special election will be needed to fill that potential vacancy.

My fear is that the citizens of San Diego may grow weary of perpetual elections. However, San Diego voters need to be more vigilant than ever. San Diego has already suffered through years of financial mismanagement and now two council members have been been found guilty of wire fraud and extortion. San Diego voter must now make a careful assessment of the potential candidates and elect representatives that are both competent and honest. I trust that this task can be accomplished in city of 1.5 million people.

About the Author: Carl H. Starrett II has been a licensed attorney since 1993 and is a member in good standing with the California State Bar and the San Diego County Bar Association. Mr. Starrett practices in the areas of bankruptcy, business litigation, construction, corporate planning and debt collection.

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