A former Huntington Beach official who resigned after calling Islam a “threat” accused a retired deputy attorney who is running for city attorney of misleading voters by listing his former job title on the ballot, and he’s suing to have it changed, according to documents filed roughly two months ahead of the Nov. 8 elections.
Those running in the 2022 election had until Aug. 2 to select a job title for their official ballot designs and are only allowed to name positions they have held in the past year. Field listed himself as a city of Huntington Beach deputy attorney, according to the lawsuit. He left that job in October 2021, after he settled an age discrimination lawsuit against the city.
However, former Huntington Beach planning commissioner Michael Hoskinson claimed Field effectively stopped working for the city after he agreed to that settlement and was placed on administrative leave beginning May 22, 2021, according to court documents filed Aug. 19. That would have been about three months and two weeks shy of the period in which job titles were eligible for use as ballot designs.
“Why in the world would you list a job title that you haven’t held for a considerable amount of time … especially with the knowledge that your retirement was the result of a settlement with the city?” Hoskinson’s attorney, Matt Price, said during a brief interview on Friday. “What is that if not deceptive?”
Field and one other lawyer working for Huntington Beach at the time filed an age discrimination complaint in 2019 against their employer and incumbent city attorney, Michael Gates. The case was settled for $2.5 million. After that agreement was signed, Field cleaned out his office and never returned, according to court documents.
Hoskinson filed a lawsuit on Aug. 19 requesting