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Friday, Nov. 30, 2007 | What an excellent story, if super-complicated, and what a mess we continue to wallow in. Nonetheless, people with eyes in their head can see that the unresolved pension fiasco continues to weaken the city and its future — and it’s an outright falsehood to blame it on our johnny-come lately rambunctious City Attorney Mike Aguirre.
Mayor Sanders and City Council, now led by Council President Scott Peters (who was in on the original outrageous deal) are accustomed to side-stepping and scape-goating on this and other fiscal matters. But they need to come to grips with this debilitating issue now. The voters would be grateful if Council and Mayor would shoulder responsibility, do their jobs and free us of this albatross of never-ending pension indebtedness that prevents the city from hiring cops and firefighters, fixing the streets and streetlights, cleaning the beaches and building fire stations — just to name a few items on the civic to-do list.