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City Attorney Memoranda of Law

What is a Memorandum of Law?

A City Attorney Memorandum of Law is a response to a request typically posed by the Mayor, City Council (jointly or separately), any full commission, board, committee, or agency (whether or not Charter based), through that entity's executive director or City liaison, or Department Director, which narrowly applies the interpretation of the current law to a particular problem or situation.

These documents do not contain any referenced attachments or enclosures. Printed copies of all City Attorney Memorandum of Law 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

Memorandums from January 1986 through present are available.

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Memoranda of Law by Year

Datesort ascending Number Title
09/20/2023 MS-2023-8 PDF icon Replacing the Elected City Attorney with a City Council-Appointed Attorney
08/01/2023 MS-2023-6 PDF icon Ballot Measure Proposal to Amend the San Diego Charter to: (1) Replace the Elected City Attorney with Municipal Counsel Appointed by the City Council; and (2) Elect a City Prosecutor to Prosecute Misdemeanors and San Diego Municipal Code Violations
07/26/2023 MS-2023-7 PDF icon Invited Guest Presentations at San Diego City Council and Council Committee Meetings
07/05/2023 ML-2023-3 PDF icon Applicability of City’s Solid Waste Franchise Fee to Waste Collected from San Diego Unified Port District and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
06/01/2023 MS-2023-5 PDF icon Legal Issues Related to the Proposed Agreement to Allow the Operation of Digital Wayfinding Kiosks with Advertising Signs in the Right-of-Way
05/30/2023 ML-2023-2 PDF icon Supplemental Memorandum Regarding City-Funded Utility Undergrounding at Alvarado Estates
05/30/2023 MS-2023-4 PDF icon Legal Analysis of the Proposed Unsafe Camping Ordinance
05/09/2023 MS-2023-3 PDF icon Potential Cancellation of the Mills Act Agreement for the Andrew Cassidy Home (Historical Site Number 283)
02/10/2023 MS-2023-1 PDF icon Construction of Affordable Dwelling Units Under the Complete Communities Housing Solutions Regulations
01/12/2023 ML-2023-1 PDF icon Use of Dedicated Parkland for a Safe Parking Lot
12/20/2022 MS-2022-10 PDF icon Legal Update: New Meeting Disruption and Teleconference Amendments to the Ralph M. Brown Act
10/26/2022 MS-2022-9 PDF icon Legal Guidance for the City Council's Upcoming 'Workshop on a Framework for Amending the Tenants' Right to Know Ordinance
09/14/2022 MS-2022-8 PDF icon Claims Against the City - Council Policy 000-09
06/06/2022 MS-2022-6 PDF icon Homelessness Lawsuits Summary
04/22/2022 MS-2022-5 PDF icon Proposed Measure to Amend the City Charter to Establish a Process for Retention and use of Private Legal Counsel by the Auditor and Audit Committee
03/30/2022 MS-2022-4 PDF icon Committee on Rules and Council-Initiated Matters
03/08/2022 MS-2022-3 PDF icon Legal Consideration for Council's Legislative Process
02/25/2022 MS-2022-2 PDF icon City Auditor Participation in City Council Closed Session Meetings
02/07/2022 MS-2022-1 PDF icon Bankers Hill 150 v. City of San Diego, Case No. D077963
12/30/2021 MS-2021-20 (REV.) PDF icon Implementation of the Commission on Police Practices