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City Attorney Legal Opinions

What is a Legal Opinion?

A City Attorney Legal Opinion is a response to a request or question posed by the Mayor and City Council (jointly or individually), Council Committees, Charter section 41 commissions (e.g., Civil Service Commission and Planning Commission), Retirement Board, Housing Authority, Redevelopment Agency (jointly, but not as individuals), or City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager, or Department Director, that sets forth an opinion with either broad application or important implications.

These documents do not contain any referenced attachments or enclosures. Printed copies of all City Attorney Legal Opinions are available for viewing at the City Clerk's Office, 202 "C" Street, Second Floor, San Diego, CA. Questions about particular Legal Opinions should be directed to:

Law Librarian
Office of the City Attorney
1200 Third Avenue, Ste. 1100
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 533-5800

Legal Opinions from January 1986 through present are available.

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Legal Opinions by Year

Datesort descending Number Title
01/02/1986 LO-86-1 PDF icon Police Officers Association Charter Initiative
06/23/1986 LO-86-2 PDF icon Authority of City Council in Administrative Matters
07/29/1986 LO-86-3 PDF icon Compensation of Civil Service Commissioners
08/26/1986 LO-86-5 PDF icon Volunteer Services - Protocol Section
11/04/1986 LO-86-4 PDF icon Federal Medicare Legislation
11/26/1986 LO-86-7 PDF icon City Council; Its Role in City Government
12/04/1986 LO-86-6 PDF icon Scope of the Civil Service Commission's Authority to Conduct Investigations Pursuant to Charter Section 128
12/22/1986 LO-86-8 PDF icon Outside Counsel for the Civil Service Commission
01/21/1987 LO-87-1 PDF icon Procedural Questions Concerning the Current Charter Section 128 Investigation
02/13/1987 LO-87-2 PDF icon San Diego Energy Recovery (SANDER) Site; Compliance with provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regarding Applicability of the 'Early Activities' Exemption
02/27/1987 LO-87-3 PDF icon Belmont Park - Existing Option/Lease - Effect of Recently Verified Initiative Petition
05/29/1987 LO-87-4 PDF icon Local Regulation of the Practice of Landscape Architecture
09/03/1987 LO-87-5 PDF icon Appointments to the Civilian Advisory Panel on Police Practices
12/30/1987 LO-87-6 PDF icon Authority of City Council to Create Irrevocable Trust
03/25/1988 LO-88-1 PDF icon Direct Submission of Proposition to Electors for Binding Vote/Use of Initiative or Referendum Powers
09/23/1988 LO-88-2 PDF icon Nativity Scene in Balboa Park
04/28/1989 LO-89-1 PDF icon Crosses on Mount Soledad and Presidio Park
08/31/1989 LO-89-2 PDF icon Proposed Merger of San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Edison Company
01/19/1990 LO-90-1 PDF icon Removal of Port Commissioners, San Diego Unified Port District
06/15/1990 LO-90-2 PDF icon Limits on Ex Parte Communications By Councilmembers