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Frye leaves Filner administration
DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye is leaving the administration of Mayor Bob Filner and will become president of Californians Aware, a volunteer position with the nonprofit that advocates for open government.
Filner hired Frye in December as director of open government, a new position he created to give the public better access to information at City Hall. Frye spent much of her time creating a website --sandiego.gov/opengov -- that acts as a one-stop shop for a variety of city records and information.
“She has done a great job during her short time back in City Hall,” Filner said in a statement Wednesday. “We will continue to open the doors of government to the public, but will miss her drive, determination and wonderful sense of humor that helped to get things done.”
Frye’s departure avoids a possibly messy fight with the City Council. Under current rules, Frye can’t work more than 90 days a year for the city as a provisional employee because she collects a $27,000 annual pension from her past council service. Filner wanted the council to change the municipal code to raise that cap so she can work full time. The council Republicans likely would have opposed the move.
Frye, whose last day with the city was Tuesday, would have collected a $100,000 annual salary had she been able to stay on.
“I must commit my efforts to this statewide organization,” Frye said. “I ran for City Council because I believed in open government. And I’ve pursued that ever since. We set up the framework for open government in the Filner administration and now I’m going to pursue it statewide.”
Former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who lost last year’s mayoral contest to Filner, publicly criticized Filner’s attempt to change the rules for Frye. His group, Reform San Diego, released a poll Wednesday that showed 69 percent of 604 likely voters opposed the idea as well. Competitive Edge Research & Communication conducted the poll from March 25 through March 28. It had a margin of error of 4 percent.