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— This won't be easy. There will be more coup attempts. "The pension underfunding deals have always been nothing more than a fraud -- a fraud on the employees and a fraud on the taxpayers," says Diann Shipione, the former pension board member who blew the whistle on the whole mess. "At some point, someone winds up holding an empty bag. Aguirre's report confirms the bag's really empty. The whole thing is just disgusting."

Meanwhile, Aguirre's enemies are taking potshots at him for being so bold and sometimes overreacting to public criticism. Says Mills: "People say Mike Aguirre is a loose cannon. But he is shooting at all the right targets."

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