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Gary Aguirre, brother of City Attorney Mike Aguirre, will be an "unpaid intern," says his brother Mike. In an earlier post, I reported that Gary, an experienced lawyer who made a bundle practicing in San Diego, had joined the city attorney's office, but it was not known if he was receiving remuneration. "He is doing misdemeanor stuff -- DUIs," says his brother. I asked why an attorney with such experience, including a highly-publicized stretch at the Securities and Exchange Commission, would want to do misdemeanors. "He just wants to get back in the courtroom," says his brother. Gary Aguirre will be reporting to Chris Morris, who heads the criminal division.

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JohnnyVegas Aug. 21, 2008 @ 11:57 a.m.

Smart move.

Two Aguirre's for the price of one!

Now the public union lackeys won't be able to spin it as nepotism (funny how Jim Duffy never faced such scrutiny).

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Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2008 @ 12:14 p.m.

Response to post #1: Yes, it will be more difficult to charge nepotism if public money isn't involved. Best, Don Bauder

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mindbomber Aug. 21, 2008 @ 12:30 p.m.

Thanks for pointing this out. Don, what do you think? Do you believe Aguirre's brother? Something seems funny here, no? Can you tell us what's really going on?

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Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2008 @ 12:36 p.m.

Response to post #3: It was Mike, along with his PR man Jeff Van Deerlin, who told me that Gary Aguirre will be an unpaid intern. Obviously, it occurred to me that this might have been cooked up after I revealed that the brother was on the payroll. But I believe Mike Aguirre on this one. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Aug. 22, 2008 @ 8:28 a.m.

Who cares if he is the brother of the elected City Attorney. Is he's licensed to practice law in California. If so, that's what counts. Is he a competent attorney who is working for the people? That's what matters most NOT some blood relation nonscense.

And, I for one, think he should be paid for his work following the same salary schedule for newly hired attorneys working in the Criminal Division. If after a short probationary period his work is rated superior then he also deserves merit increases based on his years of experience prior to joining the City. But if his work doesn't meet the standards necessary to succeed in the Criminal Division he should fail a probationary period and be dismissed just like any other.

There is no doubt the City needs experienced and compentent attorneys in many areas of specialized practice!

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Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2008 @ 1:50 p.m.

Response to post #5: Gary Aguirre is a very good attorney and is licensed. He is also independently wealthy, I understand. So for Mike's sake, he should take no pay, at least until after the election. And he is not taking pay. If Mike put his brother on the payroll, he would catch flak. Best, Don Bauder

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