Wow, there are a lot of gems from the transcript of City Attorney Mike Aguirre’s appearance on KUSI this morning. I’ll try to get to them all, but this is my favorite:

After the city attorney accused the mayor of a cover-up in the months leading up to the landslide on Mount Soledad, “Good Morning San Diego” host Dan Plante asked Aguirre about this news.

Plante:See this. (Plante holds up a piece of paper.) It looks like you have an opponent. Alan Bersin. Former education …
Mike Aguirre:He’s a fine young man. Now, speaking of Alan Bersin, let me talk about Franklin Roosevelt — Franklin Roosevelt, his whole philosophy and there’s a fundamental difference of opinion.

Franklin Roosevelt agreed that the government should be a caring government. That it should be helping and trying to help protect its citizens. And what the San Diego city government’s been and this is a major philosophical difference. The San Diego city government has been a government that hasn’t been a caring government — it hasn’t been a government that complies with the law.

We didn’t comply with the law with our wastewater system. We had to be sued by the EPA. We didn’t comply with our water system. We had to be sued by the Department of Health Services. We didn’t comply with the storm water. We had to be sued by the Water Control Board. We didn’t comply with the securities laws and we were found to engage in the largest municipal securities fraud in American history.

So the point is this: What you’re seeing right now with the very elite and the Republican Party and the voice of the Republican Party, the Union Tribune, and the politicians that run it and Mayor Sanders and his developer friends, they’re one side. And on the other side, are a group of people that are arguing that we should have a new San Diego. And what you’re seeing right now is this is coming to a clash. The ultimate decision is going to be made by the voters and that’s what’s going to come up next June and thank you very much for having me on and letting me have my opportunity to speak.

I love that: “Now, speaking of Alan Bersin, let me talk about Franklin Roosevelt …”


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