Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 | As a long-time San Diegan currently experiencing the tragedy of our Wildfire 2007 crisis, I take great satisfaction that during it all San Diegans are rallying in support of each other to deal with it. From the first responders fighting the fires directly to the ongoing news coverage providing critical information at all times on it and to my fellow citizens demonstrating great compassion volunteering their time and freely providing needed goods and services to our unfortunate evacuees, I have never been prouder to call myself a San Diegan.

Everyone is operating from the same page and pulling in the same direction in the best interest of our region as a whole. Everyone including our local, county, state, and federal government is operating in complete strategic alliance and all of our political leaders have and are continuing to demonstrate effective leadership during this time of great need for it.

Everyone, that is, except for our truly and sadly one and only City Attorney Michael Aguirre who, as reported in the Union-Tribune, has not spent the last several days rallying San Diegans county-wide during this crisis but rather has spent his time calling on everyone in government from the local to state level insisting on a plan for all San Diegans to evacuate San Diego in the middle of it.

One does not want to imagine the danger we would all be in right now if Aguirre was actually in charge. Sorry to say, this is not the kind of leadership we need: the sad type of local wannabe leadership that, regardless of common sense, seeks only to bring attention to itself at the public expense of pulling in the opposite direction to everyone else at all times regardless of the issue of the moment.

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