For nearly two decades, taxpayer advocate Cory Briggs has sued the City of San Diego and other government agencies to protect the public from over-development along the waterfront and to root out corruption by public officials.
Briggs is now vowing to parlay those years of experience battling the City into wins for taxpayers, as he runs a campaign centered on removing politics from the City Attorney’s Office and enforcing laws being ignored by the incumbent.
The campaign is strictly grassroots. By not accepting campaign donations from city lobbyists, Briggs is showing a commitment to running a non-political City Attorney's Office.
His message is being well-received.
At a recent neighborhood event in Uptown, one voter asked Briggs whether he thought, if elected City Attorney, that city officials would trust his legal advice? Briggs responded: “Legally they don’t have to listen to me; it is their constitutional right to ignore me. But candidly, they already do. I get calls every week from the highest offices at City Hall asking for my legal advice because they do not trust Mara Elliott’s advice.” He continued, “And for good reason: The City has lost millions of dollars in legal fees in the last few years alone just because the Mayor and City Council get biased political advice rather than objective legal advice from the City Attorney's Office. I will fix that.”
In neighborhoods across the city, Briggs is conveying a message of taxpayer protection, transparency, and government reform by creating three new programs within the City Attorney’s Office on the same day he takes the oath of office:
· An Anti-Corruption Unit, to prosecute public officials who break the law;
· A Quality-of-Life Unit, to prosecute crimes that degrade the livability of San Diego’s neighborhoods; and
· A Residents’ Advisory Council, to oversee the work that the City Attorney’s Office does to make sure that each neighborhood’s unique top law-enforcement priorities are being addressed.
He believes these three new initiatives will help get the City back on the right track and improve the public’s confidence in the work being done by the City Attorney’s Office.
“It might not happen overnight,” Briggs told a group of voters, “but I will make sure that the City stops cooking the books and will show taxpayers exactly how their money is being spent today and how much debt is being run up for their children and grandkids. It’s critical for everyone to understand exactly what the politicians are doing for and to the taxpayers. Maximum transparency, coupled with prosecutions when appropriate, will ensure that politicians are held accountable for their decisions and that the public’s interest is served above all else."