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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.

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JohnnyVegas Aug. 21, 2008 @ 8:05 a.m.

I would not have made this move 2 months before the election.

It is just going to be more ammo for the corrupt unions and their minions at the City Clowncil.

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Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2008 @ 10:40 a.m.

Response to post #1: It is obviously a bad move near the election, unless his brother is working gratis. I haven't determined that. Some inside the city attorney's office interpret it as a sign that Mike Aguirre, unable to raise funds, has given up on the election. I have not heard from him yet. If Goldsmith is elected, then the city attorney's office will return to the Casey Gwinn days: it will be a house of prostitution for the establishment, particularly real estate developers, as City Hall already is. That is why the U-T and Mayor Sanders, along with the unions, want so desperately for Goldsmith to win. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Aug. 22, 2008 @ 7:59 a.m.

Don, I'm just wondering why you have such a closed mind?

It’s pretty clear Mr. Goldsmith will win, but that’s not a guaranteed! November is still a long way off. But, if that is the case, we certainly have Mr. Aguirre to THANK for bringing attention to ALL the problems that have been hidden for years in the city closets. AND, for pointing out inappropriate actions since he’s been in office.

Whether you want to admit it or not, Mr. Aguirre, has been, well maybe not his worst, but his own enemy. Simply put he hasn't been very "professional" in his practice of law or demeanor. While his conduct shouldn’t weight as much as his practice, it has had a cumulative negative impact over the last four years. Certainly tenaciousness is a character trait every client wants to see in their attorney, but Mr. Aguirre needs handlers or coaches to polish his approach, to calm some of his more manic tendencies if he wants to return to public office.

With that said, I pray, you’re wrong regarding your prediction of the future of our City Attorney’s Office. And, I believe we have Mr. Aguirre to THANK for this too. He has wakened a long slumbering electorate. For years politicians and bureaucrats said …all is well and good in San Diego, now, thanks in part to Michael Aguirre, we know they were lying to us. We also have learned, our watch dog, the UT, has grown old, lazy and ineffective when it comes to keeping an ever watchful eye on those choose to represent us. With new attention clearly focused on those who run our City, and a new generation of pups at VOSD, The Reader, and other non-mainstream media, I’m optimistic, albeit with great caution; our City Attorney’s Office can get back to the business of giving timely, thoughtful, professional legal advice to the Mayor, Council and City Departments WHILE protecting the electorate from wrongdoers.

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Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2008 @ 2:01 p.m.

Response to post #3: Yours is a penetrating analysis. I have not given up on Aguirre, and I think he is only partly to blame for the bad press he has received. The U-T's vendetta has hurt him -- and also hurt the U-T, which has put itself up for sale. Aguirre has indeed awakened the citizenry to San Diego's corruption. But if Goldsmith is voted in, and with Sanders already in the saddle, the City will once again be completely run by the establishment, particularly real estate developers (those that don't go broke). Best, Don Bauder

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