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Former City Attorney Casey Gwinn notes Family Justice Center's Decline from National Prominence

In 2016, former San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn (founder of the innovative, Family Justice Center) endorsed current San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott (as did I). Five days ago, Mr. Casey Gwinn wrote this opinion in the Union Tribune, where he praises local leaders San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, and County Supervisors Desmond and Fletcher- but not Mara Elliott.

While City Attorney Mara Elliott has used the Family Justice Center as a centerpiece of her social media campaigns, this is another example where the optics deny the reality and Mara Elliott again broke her promise to San Diego to get politics out of the City Attorney's Office, and focus on The Work.

In regard to the current status of San Diego's Family Justice Center, Gwinn writes, "...while the San Diego Family Justice Center has remained operational over the years serving survivors, it has lost key partners and many other cities and counties have developed more dynamic centers and regional approaches than San Diego....The city of San Diego launched the original concept but is no longer a national model or leader."

Mr. Gwinn has evolved to be a national leader in innovative solutions to stop domestic violence, elder abuse, and child abuse. No one is better qualified to evaluate the current status of the Family Justice Center.

San Diego needs a lawyer, not a politician leading the San Diego City Attorney's Office. San Diego attorney Pete Mesich seek to serve as San Diego's chief legal counsel, prosecutor, and litigator. Mr. Mesich has significant experience in all these areas.  Attorney Pete Mesich will focus on The Work- not social media optics and his own political career. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Former City Attorney Casey Gwinn notes Family Justice Center's Decline from National Prominence

In 2016, former San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn (founder of the innovative, Family Justice Center) endorsed current San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott (as did I). Five days ago, Mr. Casey Gwinn wrote this opinion in the Union Tribune, where he praises local leaders San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, and County Supervisors Desmond and Fletcher- but not Mara Elliott.

While City Attorney Mara Elliott has used the Family Justice Center as a centerpiece of her social media campaigns, this is another example where the optics deny the reality and Mara Elliott again broke her promise to San Diego to get politics out of the City Attorney's Office, and focus on The Work.


Friday, November 8, 2019 12:00 AM

One Reason for Change

This story (click "One Reason for Change"), which aired May 7th, 2019, illustrates one reason why I decided to run for City Attorney.  The documents obtained by San Diego attorney Matt Valenti reveal that City Attorney Mara Elliott did not read the report, but forwarded it to the board's attorney, and Ms. Elliott's friend, Gil Cabrera.  Mr. Cabrera himself is allegedly implicated as part of the board's effort to suppress reports of physical abuse and either statutory rape, or inappropriate relationships between theater employees and minors.

This is a shockingly inappropriate exercise of prosecutorial discretion, and a terrible example to set for the entire City Attorney's Office Criminal Division.  Regardless of who else may have reviewed the report, San Diego, and especially the parents and children attending Balboa Park’s San Diego Junior Theatre, deserved for Mara Elliott, or any prosecuting city attorney, to read the report, contact the victims and get their statements, then decide if criminal charges (including misdemeanor "accessory after the fact" charges per PC 32) are warranted.  Then contact Mr. Valenti himself to discuss the issuing decision.

The San Diego Reader published a story on the statutory rape allegations and alleged coverup, Mr. Valenti's efforts, and how City Attorney Mara Elliott responded.  Click HERE for the story.

Other examples of inappropriate, or incomplete, exercise of City Attorney duties and responsibilities will be posted. 

The cornerstone of my campaign is that I want to be San Diego's lawyer, in all its duties and responsibilities.  I am an attorney, and not a politician.


Pete Mesich for City Attorney 2020
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