continued Mayor Jerry Sanders, who received $3600 from Sunroad people in 2005, denounced Aguirre. But a big question remains: Did Lansdowne contact Sanders on March 21, before he refused to serve the search warrant? Aguirre says that he did. Sanders's spokesman insists that he didn't. I have extremely good reasons to believe that Aguirre is the one telling the truth. Unfortunately, Aguirre does not intend to pursue this aspect further by putting both Sanders and Lansdowne under oath.
The city council hurriedly passed a measure barring Aguirre from filing a lawsuit without council support. The Incest Perpetuation League has been lobbying for such a bill for a long time. The measure was sponsored by Councilmember Ben Hueso, who raked in $1750 from Sunroad people last December alone.
There are several conclusions to be drawn from this sorry episode. First, city government will go to any lengths to permit a developer to defy aviation safety regulations, or almost any regulations. No surprise there. Developers run city government. Second, if the Sunroad building stays at its current height, the Federal Aviation Administration may have no choice but to close Montgomery Field. Since the airport has been receiving federal funds for decades, it would normally be almost impossible for San Diego to close it. But those two extra floors on the Sunroad building may force the federal government's hand. You can see the Incest Perpetuation League straining to weep, feigning unhappiness: "Oh goodness, oh dear. Now what shall we do with that land? I guess we'll have to develop it. Oh pooh and bother." Third, this is all prelude to the 2008 campaign against Aguirre, if he chooses to run for reelection. No matter what he says or does, it will be completely distorted by the Incest Perpetuation League and its tool, the Union-Tribune.