Robert Bush 2:30 p.m., Sept. 17
Mike Aguirre Has Hired His Brother at City Attorney's Office; Flak Expected
City Attorney Mike Aguirre has hired his brother, Gary Aguirre, at the city attorney's office, insiders confirm privately. His brother will be in the criminal division. I could not reach Mike Aguirre last night or this morning (Aug. 21). Gary Aguirre is a very competent lawyer, having made a fortune in a law practice in San Diego. He went to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission and was fired when he requested to interview a major Wall Street executive and political donor in an insider trading case. A Congressional investigation cleared him. Mike Aguirre will certainly catch flak for this hire, unless his brother is working for no pay or working for very low pay. I have not been able to determine that. Some of Mike Aguirre's strongest critics might, however, be hesitant to carp about nepotism. I will continue to pursue this story.