Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 | So it took another news source, the San Diego Union-Tribune, to finally publish an article documenting the long known and destructive personnel turnover within the City Attorney’s Office. Way to go Voice!
Alas, the article did not fully explore Rupert Linley’s allegation that he was fired because he would not prosecute Aguirre’s political enemies without cause. I can think of no greater threat to democracy than allowing a public prosecutor to use the American legal system to go after his or her political enemies. I hope San Diegans will demand that their news media follow up on this serious allegation, and further demand that appropriate public agencies conduct investigations of their own.
Meanwhile, Mr. Morgan is on KPBS radio. I can’t decide which is more over the top. Is it Neil speaking of “powerful political unions” in a tone that suggests a 19th century perspective of union workers as a lesser caste? (How dare they organize for better wages!) Or is it Neil continuing to pine for the good old days of Pete Wilson, who was the first of many San Diego politicians to override the City Charter and impose “power politics” in place of good municipal management? Yes, Pete did a lot of good, but those who followed his unfortunate precedent have not.