No, public entity lawyers protect public officials. They rarely seek to protect the public. (Mike Aguirre was an exception to this rule. He believed he represented the people of San Diego.)
We elected them--and now we're paying for their efforts to keep us ignorant of what's going on.
Both Voice of San Diego and UT-San Diego are covering the topic:
...San Diegans are now in the position of paying to defend a politician who claims San Diegans have no right to obtain the records of public business he has conducted over his personal devices and accounts.
Goldsmith’s office recently coughed up around 1,000 emails relating to city business that went to his personal account, but noted he wasn’t legally required to do so.Secret Public RecordsOn the topic of the public’s interest, the Public Utility Commission decided to withhold an expert report on what went wrong at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Full disclosure of that report wouldn’t be in the public’s best interest either, according to a PUC attorney.
Shortly after denying the request to release the report in defense of the public’s best interest, the PUC released the report...
The issue of concealing public business in private emails will be addressed by the California Supreme Court in Smith v. City of San Jose (March 19, 2013, No. 1-09-CV-150427).