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British author W. Somerset Maugham penned "The Summing Up" late in his career. Ditto for Mike Aguirre, who will shortly leave the city attorney's office after having lost re-election in a landslide financed by the establishment along with organized labor. Aguirre's Interim Report No. 35 tells which city officials, past and present, were responsible for the huge pension deficit that could ultimately break the City. The report shows how in 1996, 2000 and 2002, officials created pension benefits without a funding source, in defiance of state and local laws. Each year, the officials had a personal interest in the illegally-created benefits -- again, in defiance of laws. A federal grand jury, Securities and Exchange Commission and district attorney's office have brought shallow charges, but it appears that they may not go far. The officials raked in retroactive benefits and purchased service credits for a low, actuarially unsound rate. Among many eye-opening facts: former deputy city manager Bruce Herring retired in late 2005 with an annual pension of $174,381, including retroactive benefits. A full $70,044 of his annual pension violates Internal Revenue Service rules, according to the report. The annual pension of former city attorney Casey Gwinn violates IRS rules by $46,812 a year.

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JustWondering Dec. 7, 2008 @ 9 a.m.

Don Can you post a link to Aguirre's Interim Report No. 35 before Monday's swearing in ceremony. I looking on his website Sunday morning and cannot find it.

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Don Bauder Dec. 7, 2008 @ 10:03 a.m.

Response to post #1: Perhaps I erred. I got a copy of it, and assumed it had been posted without checking. Let me try to figure this out. Best, Don Bauder

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Fred Williams Dec. 7, 2008 @ 12:15 p.m.

Don, if you like, send me the file and I'll post it on www.changesandiego.org

Best,

Fred

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JohnnyVegas Dec. 7, 2008 @ 2 p.m.

I just checked the CA's website-it is not up yet.

Mike is 100% on the money with the pension scandal.

I feel proud to have backed him everyday 100%.

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Don Bauder Dec. 7, 2008 @ 2:38 p.m.

Response to post #4: We're figuring it out. Best, Don Bauder

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JF Dec. 7, 2008 @ 4:30 p.m.

You left out part of your sentence, Don. The beginning part... that should have read, "In Mikey's opinion..." because so far, the opinion of the courts has been different. Perhaps the reason that the charges haven't gone too far is because there in nowhere to go.

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Don Bauder Dec. 7, 2008 @ 4:58 p.m.

Response to post #7: You haven't observed the San Diego courts closely enough. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas Dec. 7, 2008 @ 5:25 p.m.

JF, the couts opinion of Mike and his pension lawsuit is NOT different because there is NO opinion, not until a FINAL order has been entered-something you and the rest oif your buddies in government always seem to convieniently leave out.

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JohnnyVegas Dec. 7, 2008 @ 7:16 p.m.

It's on Blog of San Diego:

http://www.blogofsandiego.com/Aguirre/Re...

By patflannery

That report hit the nail squarely on the head.

Pat-do you have the exhibits??????? Please post if you do.

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Don Bauder Dec. 7, 2008 @ 9:27 p.m.

Response to post #9: Those who work for the City of San Diego will stop at nothing to keep their excessive salaries and benefits. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 7, 2008 @ 9:30 p.m.

Response to post #10: My copy is heavily footnoted but is not accompanied by exhibits. Maybe Pat's is. Best, Don Bauder

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californiascreaming Dec. 8, 2008 @ 1:49 p.m.

Mike Aguirre was my local hero. He was vilified for speaking the truth. Our country can no longer handle truth. It just wants have a smiley face on everything it does. Like Ralph Nader, when you have everyone against you, somehow you might be doing something right. The labor unions and the downtown business mafia didn't want someone to spill the beans on their scam. Now all the "Beautiful People", i.e. the Padres, Chargers, Redevelopment companies, the labor unions, real estate brokers, agents and local media have their world crumbling. Mike may be knocked down, but he will be back up again. The pension crisis will not go away and taxes will increase and services will be cut. The people will scream. They only need to look in the mirror. Not laying blame and having accountability in a society where everyone wants to belong has led to our financial mess. Is our generation strong enough? I don't think so. Is America a dead concept?

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2008 @ 2:20 p.m.

Response to post #13: San Diegans have only themselves to blame. By voting in two establishment prostitutes, Sanders and Goldsmith, they have no one to watch the thieves -- in fact, they have two who are committed to protecting the thieves who financed their campaigns. Mike Aguirre will have the last laugh. Best, Don Bauder

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