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Office of the City Attorney

Government & Finance Section

Government & Finance Section provides advice and legal support to the Council, Mayor's Office, City Clerk, Independent Budget Analyst, City Auditor, City Treasurer, and various commissions concerning core municipal functions relating to the City Charter, San Diego Municipal Code, Mayor-Council form of governance, open meeting laws, records retention procedures, ethics and conflicts of interest, boards and commissions and election law. The Section also advises various City departments regarding local economic development programs, redevelopment wind-down functions, and public finance, securities, and disclosure issues. The Section provides assistance with the creation and ongoing administration of assessment districts, financing districts, and community parking districts and related contracts for the construction, maintenance, and repair of various public facilities; preparing contracts and evaluating issues related to the City’s administration of federal funding programs, including Community Development Block Grant funds, as well as local business incentive programs; facilitating the redevelopment Successor Agency’s implementation of the Long-Range Property Management Plan for non-housing assets and the City’s implementation of the Affordable Housing Master Plan for housing assets, including numerous new affordable housing projects; assisting with the completion of new bond issuances and the refunding of existing bond obligations, resulting in considerable cost savings on public debt for significant capital projects; and advising on matters related to the adoption and implementation of the City’s annual budget.