The bar determined that in Aguirre’s case, there was no reasonable cause to bring a complaint for breach of professional standards. But the smear campaign worked. Aguirre was defeated overwhelmingly for reelection. Now, others who would oppose the downtown moguls are afraid to come forward, while the pension deficit remains a cancer and downtown real estate interests still get everything they want at the expense of schools, infrastructure, libraries, and basic maintenance.
Aguirre made mistakes while he was in office — in particular, he took on too much reform too quickly. He spoke out several times when he should have stayed quiet. The U-T is under new management but is not changing its ways very rapidly. San Diego’s inbred corruption remains unchallenged.