La Jolla consultant lands $260 per hour contract coaching embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

According to a report by the independent news website

Voice of San Diego

, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner hired La Jolla-based management consultant Justin Gittelman May 1 to assist his embattled office, which includes personal coaching.

Filner hired Gittelman for $25,000 in city funds for up to one year of work. He is tasked with creating a strategic plan to improve overall performance of the mayor’s office, including professional, staff and organizational development for the mayor’s staff and “individual coaching with Mayor Filner.”

According to a signed and dated copy of Gittelman’s contract, obtained by Voice of San Diego via a public records act request, Gittelman is required to have two individual coaching sessions with Filner every month.

Gittelman is committed to 96 hours of work over the life of the contract, which would put his hourly rate at $260. Read the full report at