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Councilman Jim Madaffer issued a statement not too long ago.

Today was much anticipated when everyone had the first opportunity to see the Special Audit Committee’s long awaited report and hear their conclusions. I was pleased to hear Chairman Arthur Levitt say what I’ve been saying for over two years: in San Diego what we have is a political crisis, not a fiscal crisis.

Isn’t he a politician and, in fact, one of the five or so who were most prominently featured in Levitt’s report for their negligence?

There’s more:

While I disagree with some of the Audit Committee’s findings and conclusions, I wholeheartedly agree with their comments in moving the city forward – that remediation is the key for the City to resolve its financial situation

We should stop playing the blame game. It’s time to look forward.

Finally:

The issues outlined by the Audit Committee happened on my watch and I take responsibility for making sure the City is never again in this position. I was pleased the Audit Committee recognized the City Council for having already taken stringent steps to correct problems of the past.

“Stringent steps to correct the problems of the past?” The only City Council decision Levitt et. al. expressly praised seemed to be the choice to hire Levitt et. al. to write this report. And that’s to be expected, if you pay someone $20 million they’re likely to call that a good decision on your part.

SCOTT LEWIS

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