Jeff Smith noon, Sept. 16
AG Jerry Brown Claims He Didn't Know San Diego Has an Upcoming Election. Is Brown Staggeringly Stupid or Does He Think San Diegans Are Staggeringly Stupid?
Attorney General Jerry Brown, whose office produced the openly political, cerebrally embarrassing report saying that Mayor Jerry Sanders wasn't corrupt in his Sunroad dealings, is quoted in this morning's Union-Tribune claiming that he didn't know an election was coming up in San Diego. (The election is June 3, and both Sanders and City Attorney Mike Aguirre, his accuser, are in tough races.) Brown must really think San Diegans are dumb. Gary Schons of the local AG's office said the report was released when it was finished. Did Schons not know an election was coming up? Puh-leeze. There is an even more frightening aspect of the goofy AG report. Katheryn Rhodes, a Point Loma activist who is volunteering for Aguirre, says the report states that in constructing the building that created air traffic hazards, Sunroad did not violate any laws -- a claim she disputes strongly. The upshot may be that the AG's office is saying that Sunroad should win its $40 million suit against the city, in which it claims that the building was properly permitted by the City. There have been discussions for months over whether Sanders will mollify Sunroad's owner, Aaron Feldman (a big Sanders donor) through that lawsuit.