Mayor fires San Diego's lobbyists

Firm given notices on Jan. 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) -  

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner quietly sacked the city's lobbyists in Sacramento and Washington earlier this month without informing city councilmembers.
 
U-T San Diego reports the Republican lobbying firms were given termination notices on Jan. 2 from the Democratic mayor's office.
 
It's not uncommon for a new mayor to hire new lobbyists, but some councilmembers said there should have been some sort of courtesy notice.
 
Sacramento-based Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates's bill for the city was not to exceed $168,000. Patton Boggs, a federal lobbying firm, was to receive up to $180,000.
 
The lobbying firms declined comment.
 
Council president Todd Gloria says the mayor has assured him the council will be involved in choosing the replacement firms.
 
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