City Attorney Mike Aguirre asked state Attorney General Bill Lockyer to monitor this month’s election for the Municipal Employees Association, the union that represents about 6,000 white-collar city workers.

Aguirre said his office’s public integrity unit “has received certain information regarding the election process and this has raised a number of concerns.”

The city attorney, who has butted heads with the union very publicly on other issues, most notably the city’s pension situation, alleges that the union has no formal rules to govern the election.

The letter states:

The immediate concern of this Office is to ensure a fair election and to safeguard City residents, including those who are employed by the City of San Diego and required to contribute dues to MEA.

The contest has become heated, as challengers to the current leadership have alleged that officials are corrupt. Read about that here.

We received the letter detailing Aguirre’s request just this evening, and we will follow up with MEA officials for comment tomorrow.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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