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City manager, attorney to receive early evaluation

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council will conduct a performance evaluation of its embattled city manager and city attorney during a closed session meeting Wednesday.

Typically, the council evaluates the performance of City Manager Gus Vina and City Attorney Glenn Sabine on a semi-annual basis, and an evaluation was expected at the start of 2015.

But the council in September, following a meeting in which Vina surprised them when he revealed that the price for financing the Pacific View site would be higher than originally anticipated, voted to schedule a post-election meeting to meet behind closed doors to discuss the duo.

On the campaign trail, several candidates for mayor and council publicly criticized both Vina and Sabine’s job performance, including two candidates — mayoral candidates Sheila Cameron and Alex Fidel — who said they should be fired, and a third, council candidate Julie Graboi, who said she was “starting to agree with that opinion.”

Several community members have criticized Sabine for what they believe is an indiscriminate handling of city litigation, which in some cases has cost the city thousands of dollars. Critics of Vina believe he has recommended questionable spending on additional staff and has mishandled a number of the council’s requests.

The closed session meeting starts at 5 p.m. The City Council will announce any decisions made during the meeting during open session at 6 p.m.