Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 | You can tell it’s mid-August, that peculiar time of year when regular people are on vacation and when most legislative chicanery is either perpetrated or revealed.

Thanks to Andy Donohue for his synopsis of the just-published $80,000+-a-page Kroll report which says our city officials and elected representatives – past and present – have been “negligent” and thus will skate from any SEC prosecution.

Actually, I’d have chosen words like corrupt and self-serving rather than “negligent” – but then I wouldn’t have been paid $2.3 million for that opinion.

The only positive thing I see in this civic scandal is that we still have an honest, intelligent and vigilant City Attorney in Mike Aguirre. Aguirre has struggled to tell us the truth and uphold the rule of law, and he is too-often vilified for it, as he was yesterday in the unseemly outburst of Kroll’s man, Arthur Levitt, who testily urged more “consensus” on us as he made his way to the bank.

Perhaps as we “move on” now, seeking that illusory “civility” and “consensus” that San Diego special interests and their political puppets have long experienced as cronyism and profiteering, we can also find a few more politicians with Aguirre’s backbone and integrity to represent us.

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