Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 | Mike Aguirre may not have the best temperament for the job of city attorney, but if one good thing comes of his reign, it is his idea that the city attorney should represent the people of the city, not the elected people who misuse our trust.

In the past, city attorneys have colluded with elected officials, appointees and powerful allies to defraud the people of San Diego. The job description seemed to be: find legal loopholes to allow the city to disburse taxpayer dollars for the benefit of certain private interests … and, failing that: provide all possible legal assistance to those officials who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

The worst possible choice for city attorney is one who is chummy with the establishment and could lead us again down this path. We, the taxpayers and pothole avoiders and victims of fiscal abuses, need someone to look out for us. If not the city attorney, who?

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