Couple of things.

  • I left typhoon wifey up a little too long. I’m going to stop apologizing for not posting as much to this blog as I’d like. Just know I’m doing the best I can and I appreciate your readership.
  • But speaking of the San Diego-based USS Nimitz, on which my wife has been floating for a few months now, it’s making some news in India. Here’s the latest.
  • The Chronicle is still digging into San Diego’s own Ron Nehring for hiring that Australian to manage the California Republican Party.
  • City Attorney Mike Aguirre says he’s won a battle in the great pension war with this. Also, on an unrelated note, I’m getting word that the city attorney has decided to shut down his public integrity unit. I’ll try to confirm and then begin lamenting the beginning of the end of the Ethics Orgy at City Hall.
  • And, finally, a quick retrospective. Here’s Mayor Jerry Sanders’ spokesman Fred Sainz on May 13 in the first half of the excellent two-part seriesU-T reporter David Hasemyer wrote about the controversy surrounding the office tower Sunroad Enterprises constructed:

[W]hen Aguirre filed a lawsuit to force Sunroad to remove the top two floors of the partially completed building, the Mayor’s Office condemned his action, saying another solution could have been found.

“We don’t think it sends a positive message to the development community,” Fred Sainz, the mayor’s spokesman, told the Union-Tribune.

Then, six weeks later in the fantastic story Will Carless wrote about the physical challenge of taking two stories off the controversial office tower, Sainz was again quoted. Not only had the mayor, by this time, become a fan of Aguirre’s lawsuit. But Sainz had a new way of communicating the passion for it.

When asked about the engineering challenge Sunroad faced he said this:

Sainz said the mayor has no real interest in how Sunroad goes about lowering its building or the problems the company faces in doing so.

“I suggest that they start taking the chainsaw and the blowtorch to it,” Sainz said.

Not so worried about the message being sent to the development community anymore.


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