Consider the media. Recipients of the electronic hate messages are two whose loathing of Aguirre is hysterical in two senses of the word (hyperemotional and so intense that it is amusing to read): Chris Reed of the Union-Tribune and Daniel Coffey of the Daily Transcript. Others in the Wolverine Network are TV’s Gene Cubbison and Doug Curlee, radio’s Roger Hedgecock and Rick Roberts, and the print media’s Tom Blair, Scott Lewis, Craig Gustafson, Tim McClain, Gary Shaw, and Eric Wolff. Aguirre believes all have used slanted materials from the Wolverine Network.
Not surprisingly, corporate-welfare mendicants are on the list: Moores, Malin Burnham, Mark Fabiani, Dan Shea, Mike Neil, and George Mitrovich of J. David Dominelli fame, along with Bill, Dan, Tim, and Mark Mitrovich, whoever they are. There are lawyers such as Ann Smith, Jerry Coughlan, Mike Conger, and Theresa McAteer and business promoters such as Bill Holman, vice president of the local chamber of commerce, and Frank Urtasun of Sempra.
I sent emails to 15 of the Wolverine Network hate-mail recipients, asking them, in essence, if they really believed the City was so clean and Aguirre, Shea, Shipione, Lam, and their colleagues were so nasty. Only two replied, and they said very little. Bottom line: while Aguirre has done some bizarre things, anyone trying to reform San Diego — particularly one taking on both business and labor — will be the victim of the same kind of smear machine.
Oh, yes. City councilmember–elect Carl DeMaio strongly told the City of San Diego Retired Employees’ Association at its October meeting that the City’s fringe benefits are almost double the national average and the retirement system may face bankruptcy. Is DeMaio next on the hit list?