City finances, Guantanamo, national deficit
Friday, July 14, 2006
It's been quite a week at San Diego City Hall. Kroll Inc. still hasn't released its investigative report into the city's finances. Mayor Sanders is outraged and the city attorney threatens action. Will pressure bring results or is San Diego being held hostage?
City Attorney Mike Aguirre suffered a setback this week when Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Barton refused to rule on the legality of the city pension increases.
And despite his c38aign promise to freeze city workers salaries the mayor suggested increased pay to retain city police. Is more conflict still to come at City Hall?
Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court rejected military tribunals for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, forcing President Bush to get approval from Congress. But, it looks as though House Republicans and the Senate are about to clash over the future of military tribunals.
Earlier this week, the White House announced this year's budget deficit would be just under $300 billion rather than the earlier estimate of $423 billion. The president called it a good day for the American taxpayer. Is he right or is it spin?
- Bob Kittle is editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Page.
- Scott Lewis is co-executive editor for voiceofsandiego.org .
- John Warren is editor and publisher of San Diego Voice & Viewpoint .
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