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2020 News Releases


PDF icon City Attorney Seeks Immediate Protections for Instacart Employees

City Attorney Mara W. Elliott today petitioned the 4th District Court of Appeal to reinstate an injunction against Instacart, a multi-billion dollar grocery-delivery company that is misclassifying its employees as independent contractors.


PDF icon Safe Storage of Firearms More Important Than Ever

San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott urges families that own guns to carefully evaluate the safety of their homes and take all measures required by law to protect children who stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Safe Storage Ordinance requires all firearms in the home to be disabled with a trigger lock or stored in a safe or lockbox.



PDF icon City Attorney Warns of Coronavirus-related Price Gouging

The City Attorney warns of coronavirus-related price gouging, and asks the public to report illegal price hikes for food, medical supplies and gas while the public health emergency declaration regarding the novel coronavirus is in effect in San Diego County and California.


PDF icon City Attorney Obtains Landmark Injunction Against Instacart

San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott today obtained a preliminary injunction against Instacart, a multi-billion-dollar grocery-delivery company, for not complying with the worker classification standard established by the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court.



PDF icon 81 New Beds Will Soon Be Available to Vulnerable San Diegans

After years of delay, an appellate court ruling allows the City Attorney’s S.M.A.R.T. Program facility to open its doors in summer 2020. Eighty-one new beds will soon be available to vulnerable San Diegans.


PDF icon Court Upholds Utility Undergrounding Program

City Attorney Mara W. Elliott today announces that her office has successfully defended the City’s utility undergrounding program against a lawsuit that could have shut down undergrounding for 20 communities.


PDF icon “Red Flag” Laws Continue to Keep San Diegans Safe

The City Attorney’s Office worked hard in 2019 to keep San Diegans safe from gun violence. With significant support from the San Diego Police Department, the Office obtained gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) against 200 individuals who posed a threat to themselves or others.


PDF icon Court Upholds Serra Mesa Community Plan Update

City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announces that a court has found that the public was fully informed, and the City followed the law, when the Serra Mesa Community Plan was amended to include a four-lane roadway, with bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways, between Serra Mesa and Mission Valley.


PDF icon City Attorney Updates Public on Smart Streetlights

City Attorney Mara W. Elliott today highlights how the City’s Smart Streetlights program has helped the San Diego Police Department investigate nearly 250 crimes committed on San Diego streets.


PDF icon Retired Judges Sought to Serve on Appointing Panel for City’s 2020 Redistricting Commission

The City Attorney’s Office is seeking retired judges to select the volunteer members of the 2020 Redistricting Commission. The Commission is responsible for creating the boundaries of the City’s nine City Council districts to comply with local and federal laws and the results of the 2020 U.S. Census.


PDF icon City Suing SDG&E for $35 Million

City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announces that the City of San Diego is suing San Diego Gas & Electric for $35 million, for refusing to honor promises it made when it obtained the exclusive rights to provide gas and electricity to San Diegans in 1971.

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