Secret Convention Center Union Deal Revealed in Private Email of Chief of Staff to Former Mayor Jerry Sanders

After the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego to obtain withheld public records, the city released a private email outlining a secret backroom union deal to end union political and legal impediments to the proposed San Diego Convention Center Phase 3 Expansion.

Here’s the record released by the City of San Diego:

Secret San Diego Convention Center Union Deal

On September 21, 2012, Julie Dubick, the Chief of Staff to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, sent the following email with an attachment to Lorena Gonzalez, head of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, and her executive assistant Todd Klein.

One minute later, the same attachment was sent to Steve Cushman, Special Assistant to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Julie Dubick to Lorena Gonzalez (and Executive Assistant Todd Klein) - September 21, 2012 Email Proposing Union Deal on San Diego Convention Center Expansion

Julie Dubick to Lorena Gonzalez (and Gonzalez’s Executive Assistant Todd Klein) – September 21, 2012 Email Proposing Union Deal on San Diego Convention Center Expansion

Julie Dubick to Steve Cushman - September 21, 2012 Email Proposing Union Deal on San Diego Convention Center Expansion

Julie Dubick to Steve Cushman – September 21, 2012 Email Proposing Union Deal on San Diego Convention Center Expansion

Proposed San Diego Convention Center Union Deal - September 21, 2012

Proposed San Diego Convention Center Union Deal – September 21, 2012

The meeting was on San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ calendar for 2:00 p.m. on September 21, 2013.

Mayor Sanders Calendar September 21 2012