The enemy of my enemy
Buried in City Attorney Mike Aguirre's latest investigative report (No. 10, for those scoring at home) was this tidbit about former Assistant City Attorney Leslie Devaney: She refused to speak to the investigator, because, the report said, she claimed she had a protective order. A protective order? Like a restraining order? Was Aguirre TPing her house?
As it turns out, protective orders are occasionally used to stop a subpoena, but that wasn't the case here. Devaney doesn't actually have such an order. Devaney's attorney, former District Attorney Paul Pfingst, said the investigator misunderstood.
“There's no such thing as a protective order in these cases. If there was, everyone would be signing up for one,” he told CityBeat.
What she might have meant was that she was trying to get one. The city attorney subpoenad Devaney to testify about her role in the ever-unfolding pension crisis. Aguirre told CityBeat that Devaney was allegedly at a May 6, 2002, meeting in which retirement-board trustees and city officials discussed increasing benefits in exchange for reducing city payments into the fund. Better yet, she took notes-and Aguirre would like to see them.
But Devaney wouldn't talk to Aguirre's people about the pension or anything else. She hired Pfingst, setting off another round in the 4-year-old Aguirre-Pfingst feud. Aguirre's office argued that Pfingst could not represent Devaney due to a conflict of interest stemming from his work for the city in 2005 (he advised on whether Aguirre could take over legal representation of the pension system). The two sides argued the point before Judge Jeffrey Barton on Tuesday. The judge will come back with a decision next week, but there was a crucial agreement: If Pfingst can stay on the case, Devaney will finally tell her tale the first week in September.
There would be no exaggeration in remarking that the gay-pride movement has had a fractious relationship with the military. Nonetheless, San Diego Pride organizers decided to reach across the divide and offer free tickets to last weekend's celebratory concerts to anyone carrying an active military service ID card. They anticipated few takers.
Lo and behold, the military turned out for the show. Perhaps it was the universal allure of free stuff that brought servicemen and women to Balboa Park, or maybe they just adore Tiffany and Deborah (née Debbie) Gibson. Whatever the reason, more than 500 flashed their credentials.
Pride spokesman Fred Sabatini Jr. said organizers were “overjoyed” with the turnout, and they hope for even more soldiers and sailors next year.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense assured CityBeat that attending a Pride parade or concert does not violate the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy. A serviceman must attempt to marry someone of the same gender, engage in homosexual acts, or make “verbal or non-verbal” statements that he or she is gay to run afoul of protocol, according to the DOD.
But the plight of Bleu Copas, an Arabic-language specialist stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., suggests the military takes a looser interpretation of the rules-he was discharged from the army (albeit honorably) after an anonymous e-mailer outed him. The 500 servicemen and women who shook their groove thing last weekend must really love their '80s idols to take such a risk.