We knew this was coming about the Roque de la Fuente case:

  • Reader MC writes in: Aguirre had ZERO to do with this (tentative) victory … this matter was handled almost exclusively BY OUTSIDE COUNSEL!!! That the Voice and the UT and Mr. Aguirre (of course!) would give credit to the City Attorney’s Office is appalling. Heck, while you all are at it, why don’t you credit him with planning the D-Day invasion…

If I remember, all I wrote was that the tentative ruling was good news for the city attorney. From what I understand, the law firm Latham & Watkins handled the case for the city in conjunction with Executive Assistant City Attorney Don McGrath. And even though McGrath has been fired or quit or just “gone to play golf” various times after arguing with Aguirre, he is the city attorney’s top deputy. McGrath was also a one-time guest at voiceofsandiego.org’s popular new Readers Forum.

And am I right to think that if the city had lost this appeal, this same reader would have blamed Aguirre for it?

I’d ask officials at the City Attorney’s Office to provide perspective on how much influence they had over what happened, but they apparently aren’t talking to us anymore.

As for the D-Day invasion, I’m almost positive that was purely the work of outside counsel.

SCOTT LEWIS

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