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Special Projects Division

1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92101

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Mary Nuesca 
Assistant City Attorney

The Special Projects Division is responsible for the creation of multidisciplinary teams to tackle complex matters and issues facing the City. Those matters include addressing homelessness, and addressing the challenges and rewards brought by new technology, such as dockless bikes and scooters. The Division takes on issues of unique complexity or urgency, such as the return of the Family Justice Center to the City Attorney’s Office from the San Diego Police Department. This Division provides legal support to various City Attorney initiatives, such as the SMART program (San Diego Misdemeanants-at-Risk), which diverts certain chronic misdemeanor offenders into treatment and housing. The Assistant City Attorney (ACA) for this Division is a current member of the League of Cities City Attorney Association Cannabis Committee, and oversees the team assisting with the City’s implementation of state and local laws on marijuana. The ACA is the Chief Diversity Officer for the Office and oversees diversity efforts, including participating in the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion with the San Diego County Bar Association. The ACA also coordinates and assists with matters heard by the Council in closed session.

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