Ben Montijo, ousted as executive director of the San Diego Housing Commission six months ago amid allegations that he showed favoritism to developers renovating a housing project, is threatening to file sue the city, claiming "wrongful termination."
A statement was distributed at City Hall Wednesday in behalf of Montijo. It said he will file a lawsuit this month because "only a court of law can refute the critics, expose those several unsavory politicians, and drive those several newspaper and television sharks from the shallows of sensationalized, inaccurate and biased reporting."
Montijo's statement is not specific about which agencies he intends to sue.
"I am filing a lawsuit for wrongful termination and other related unlawful acts against those certain organizations and individuals involved," it says. Council members, sitting as the Housing Authority, voted 6-0 on Feb. 27 not to renew Montijo's contract.
The move came after The Times reported possible irregularities in how Montijo and his staff handled the renovation of a 122-unit apartment complex in Southeast San Diego under a federal program. The Times story led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate the matter.