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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 ascending Number Title
04/10/2008 LO-2008-1 PDF icon Interpretation of San Diego City Charter Regarding City Attorney's Authority to Initiate Litigation
12/28/2007 LO-2007-6 PDF icon Legal Opinion on Modification to Formula for Adjustment of Low Income Rents at Rancho del Rey
09/27/2007 LO-2007-4 PDF icon Post-Retirement Health Care Benefits Administration
06/08/2007 LO-2007-5 PDF icon Qualifications for Real Estate Professionals Voting in PCPB Run-Off Election
05/15/2007 LO-2007-2 PDF icon Charter Section 143 Amortization Limitations for Past Service Liabilities
04/06/2007 LO-2007-1 PDF icon Respective Roles of the Mayor and City Council in Budget Decisions Affecting the City's Administration
12/21/2006 LO-2006-3 PDF icon Clarification on City Attorney Memorandum Regarding Ontario Avenue and Fox Canyon Expenditures
07/27/2006 LO-2006-2 PDF icon Interpretation of 'Designee' In Council Policy 600-24
07/11/2006 LO-2006-1 PDF icon Mission Trails Regional Park CAC Request
08/02/2005 LO-2005-2 PDF icon Disclosure of Vinson & Elkins Report
04/01/2005 LO-2005-1 PDF icon Disclosure of Officials' Calendars And Official Writings Under The California Public Records Act
09/14/2004 LO-2004-1 PDF icon Issues Related to a Special Election to Fill the Vacancy in Council District 4
06/21/2004 LO-2007-3 PDF icon Medical Marijuana 'Dispensaries'
04/08/2003 LO-2003-1 PDF icon Prevailing Wage Specification in the City of San Diego's Public Works Municipal Affair Contracts
04/22/2002 LO-2002-3 PDF icon Use of Environmental Growth Fund for MAD Formation Costs
03/13/2002 LO-2002-2 PDF icon Solicitation of Political Contributions from Employees and Members of City Boards and Commission
02/11/2002 LO-2002-1 PDF icon Public Facilities Financing Authority of the City of San Diego Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2002
11/19/2001 LO-2001-1 PDF icon Ballpark and Redevelopment Project
02/15/2000 LO-2000-1 PDF icon Proposed Initiative and Referendum Regarding Ballpark and Redevelopment Project
02/15/2000 LO-2000-1 PDF icon Proposed Initiative and Referendum Regarding Ballpark and Redevelopment Project