The City of San Diego submitted a writ to the appeals court, claiming that Scott Kessler, who is suing the City over his firing, did not exhaust his remedies by going to the Ethics Commission before going to court. The appeals court will not hear the writ. Kessler believes his firing was related to the closeness of the mayor to Little Italy powerhouse Marco Li Mandri, who in turn is close to felon Joe Mannino. The FBI and a police investigator did a study indicating that Li Mandri and Mannino had committed fraud. The case was referred to DA Bonnie Dumanis, who did not proceed with it. Kessler says he was fired partly for cooperating with the FBI and police in their investigation.