I have tried to poke the U-T and its editorial board as much as I could over the last year or so. But I would be remiss not to point out that the paper’s news and opinion writers deserve applause for their coverage of the Sunroad controversy.

The U-T’s David Hasemeyer originally broke the story of the danger that a tower under construction near the busy Montgomery Field posed. He followed every development in the story thoroughly. And this week, his two-part series on how the city allowed the building to rise was an impressive piece — particularly the second installment that ran on Monday.

Gerry Braun’s column Wednesday held the mayor to account like only a good metro columnist can. And the editorial board’s excellent takedown that same day put a bow on a great gift of perspective to the public.

I and others sometimes have focused too much on the personalities and politics dusted up by this latest in a series of controversies produced by a dysfunctional city.

The U-T admirably reminded us — and perhaps even itself — of the benefit a newspaper can provide when its many resources work to complement each other so well.

The newspaper’s work has pushed the mayor to act and to at least say that he is holding himself accountable for a mistake. That doesn’t happen much in San Diego and we’ll have to see now if it simply hasn’t come too late.


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