One of Council President Todd Gloria’s final actions as interim mayor, according to the Voice of San Diego, is to limit the city’s retention of internal emails to one year.

Gloria’s office cited the costs, up to $500,000, of changing the system to digitally store them for longer periods and noted that other cities maintain their archives for far shorter terms.

Voice of San Diego, however, counters that we shouldn’t “care what other cities do. San Diego has had a tough decade of scandals and suspicion. Seems like the wrong time to get rid of records.”

The site also notes that government watchdog Californians Aware already is on the case and may sue the city to stop the email purge.

Would you like to see the city keep access to crucial records and communiques for a longer period or indefinitely? Is spending to upgrade the system worth it? Tell us what you want the city to do.

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