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— San Diego attorney Stan Zubel recalls listening to a public radio roundtable in which Sanders apologists were saying the mayor was guilty of favoritism but not corruption. "Our culture in San Diego is one that rewards friendships and relationships to such an extreme that we have lost our ethical compass," Zubel says. When announcing his letter to the attorney general, Sanders "lined up criminal justice people; in their eyes nothing is corrupt unless something that is criminal has been done. As long as you haven't committed a crime, everything is fine. They have lost sight of the fact that when you favor your friends -- if you would not have done it for the other guy on the street -- then you have corrupted democracy. In San Diego, these people don't understand the political, ethical, moral impact of what they have done. They have been favoring their friends so long it has become part of the culture."

Actually, there is lots to investigate. Exactly what transpired in the meetings between Sanders and Feldman that led to the City letting Sunroad off the hook? Did anyone take notes? What happened inside Sunroad and inside the City when the company promised to build the structure to 160 feet, then went ahead and built it to 180 feet? Who leaked the contents of the search warrant to Sunroad? In a January 19 letter to the City, the California Department of Transportation said that in permitting Sunroad to finish the building "under the pretense of weather proofing," San Diego was attempting to "undermine state law." After receiving that letter, why did the Sanders team continue its quest to help Sunroad evade the law? If you believe the attorney general will honestly look at such questions, you haven't lived in San Diego long or you have an IQ below 80.

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