San Diego’s Ethics Fee is levying its most $5,000 advantageous on Metropolis Councilman Chris Cate for leaking a confidential metropolis doc in June to builders behind the proposed SoccerCity improvement in Mission Valley.
Cate has agreed to pay the positive, which the Ethics Fee accepted on Thursday night time, relatively than demand a listening to to dispute the fees.
The decision of the ethics case has no impression on a separate ongoing investigation by the state lawyer basic into the leaked confidential memo, based on Ethics Fee paperwork.
Cate’s leaking of the doc, which he publicly acknowledged in October, violates metropolis ethics laws prohibiting officers from disclosing confidential info acquired in the middle of their official duties.
The memo, an evaluation of the SoccerCity proposal by Metropolis Lawyer Mara Elliott, qualifies as confidential underneath the town statute as a result of it addresses actual property negotiations and potential litigation, in response to fee paperwork.
The fee additionally notes that the memo was labeled “lawyer to shopper correspondence – for confidential use solely.”
In a press release launched Thursday night time, Cate reiterated his longtime stance that he was merely doing his job by forwarding the Elliott memo to SoccerCity officers so they might reply to considerations it raised.
“I agreed to pay a positive to place the matter to relaxation,” he stated within the assertion. “I consider I’m entitled to hunt info in my capability as a policymaker and in addition consider the Metropolis Constitution clearly establishes that authority.”
Cate additionally acknowledged he ought to have dealt with the state of affairs higher.
“Whereas the town lawyer didn’t introduce the Soccer Metropolis memo in closed session, it turned clear she did intend it as privileged info,” he stated. “I remorse breaking her confidence.”
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