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Couple of points:

  • Am I the only one who is struggling to care about the story that one of City Attorney Mike Aguirre’s top aides accidentally sent an e-mail to an opposition lawyer with a couple of obscenities in it? I mean, first of all, he’s pretty dumb for sending it. He’d probably be the first to admit it. I’ve hit the send button a few times and regretted it. Isn’t that the worst feeling?

But this story has been pushed on reporters from all over for about a week by Aguirre’s bitter foes as some sort of important indication of the lack of culture or civility in his office.

Come on. If anything, it’s a funny little tidbit.

  • OK, I have an update on the crazy police union commercial we’ve been talking about over the last couple of days. I haven’t heard from a single officer who is proud of it. Most of them, if anything, just wished I didn’t bring it up. But it’s on their website still.

It really is an insulting and highly inappropriate public relations stunt that should be repudiated asap by the police officers union.

At a bare minimum they should take it off their site.

I talked to two board members of the San Diego Police Officers Association yesterday. Officer Mark Sullivan, who’s on the POA board, said he thought the video was “over the top.”

But he said it’s “more appropriate now than it was six months ago.” Why is that? Sullivan said the violence the commercial depicts is easier for the public to understand now that an officer has died in a shooting recently.

“We have very few police officers and it’s becoming a more dangerous situation out in the field because of that,” Sullivan said.

I know, but get that commercial off of there. It’s not just over the top, it’s awful.

Jeff Jordon, another POA board member, said he hates the commercial and wants it off the site too. But the police union doesn’t have the right people working right now to remove it and update the website, he said.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of work on the website and we’re working through issues like this,” Jordon said.

Funny thing is, the POA had plenty of expertise to use its website to get after Aguirre, posting a press release that calls out the city attorney for allowing his aide to, yes, swear.

These comments by the second in command at the City Attorney’s office certainly serve as an indication as to the lack of professionalism that has been demonstrated by that office for two years now. 

As long as they have that video on their website, it’s going to call into question their own professionalism.

SCOTT LEWIS

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