As you are aware, you published an article by Don Bauder on October 30, 2008, in volume 37, number 44 of your publication, the Reader. The article was entitled “Smear Machine,” and it accused me of publishing a newsletter that “drips” with “naïveté and seething hatred.”
The article was devoid of any specific act of hating or smearing. The facts apparently don’t matter. While it is true that I have communicated to my friends and acquaintances that I believed that Mr. Aguirre’s conduct of client abandonment (which is currently under investigation by the state bar) was “seditious,” that comment, while perhaps a bit of hyperbole, is not an expression of hate. Mr. Bauder took great liberty in misinterpreting my views on a variety of subjects concerning Mr. Aguirre’s misconduct in office. Contrary to Mr. Bauder’s opinion, even the federal district court is having issues with many of Mr. Aguirre’s allegations. For example, see the following article in today’s Union-Tribune. http:// www.signonsandiego.com/ uniontrib/20081108/news_ 1m8sec.html. In addition, both U.S. District Court Judge Benitez and the California Supreme Court have also expressed serious doubts about certain allegations Mr. Bauder takes as proven.
Mr. Bauder was also informed by me that I never received MP1 benefits because I left the City in November of 1996 and that John W. Witt recused the entire office of the city attorney from advising the mayor and council or SDCERS [San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System] from this issue and retained Jones Day for that purpose. Yet he persisted in trying to put me in a false light, a tactic first developed by Mr. Aguirre when I endorsed Mayor Sanders over Donna Frye.
It appears that since moving to Colorado, Mr. Bauder has come to believe in “sentence first, verdict afterwards” instead of innocent until proven guilty.
Mr. Bauder also falsely presumed that he had all the names of the “Wolverine Network,” but he had only just over half. He has unwittingly insulted more people than he knows. The entire list includes judges, attorneys, doctors, teachers, military personnel, and members of the clergy, who all, according to Mr. Bauder, belong to the “smear machine.” Well, it looks like they reflect the views of 60 percent of the electorate, who also disagree with Mr. Aguirre’s continued abuses of power. Perhaps if Mr. Bauder wants to do an investigation on “smear machines” he ought to report on Mr. Aguirre’s treatment of Tom Story and Tracy Means.
I believe that the article was defamatory per se, but have no fear, I have no intention of suing. As the publication of the existence of the Network did nothing but enhance my reputation for truth and honesty, a lawsuit is unnecessary. If anything, the article shows that Mr. Bauder is out of town, out of the county, out of the state, and out of touch. After all, it was not I who was sanctioned by the Ethics Commission twice, reprimanded by several superior court judges and the Fourth District Court of Appeal, and severely criticized by both the district attorney and the California attorney general. In addition, the state bar’s investigation into Mr. Aguirre’s conduct is still ongoing.
Mr. Bauder’s article was nothing more than an in-kind political contribution to Mr. Aguirre’s failing political campaign. It served no purpose, as the people of this fine city easily saw through the charade and have sent Mr. Aguirre packing.
I have taken this opportunity to send copies of this email to all those who have been subject to this pernicious and nefarious attack on a group of responsible citizens.
John M. Kaheny
aka “Wolverine 6”
Don Bauder responds: The column never mentions whether or not Kaheny received MP1 benefits. The first paragraph capsulizes his dispute with Aguirre and gives both sides, Kaheny’s and Aguirre’s, but any benefits Kaheny received or did not receive are not mentioned.
The Union-Tribune article to which Mr. Kaheny refers reports on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against five pension officials; Aguirre’s name does not appear in the story.
Two Blue Pencils
Regarding Robert Lowth’s letter to the editor (November 6) concerning Josh Board the party crasher, as poor and uninteresting a writer as Bored [sic] is, Lowth is worse. Please censor them both.
No Cows In The River
Your excellent article “There Is No San Diego River” (Cover Story, October 23) stirred some old memories for me.
When I moved my family to San Diego in 1969, most of the San Diego River was a golf course, from Highway 395 to Highway 15. It flooded every once in a while, as did all of San Diego’s streams. This allowed them to cleanse themselves of natural and man-made debris.
There were a few businesses along Highway 8, but those were in danger at flood times. Even the dairy farmers had enough sense to not build anything in a streambed! How the City and County of San Diego could approve the construction of huge shopping centers and living areas along those streams is beyond me. But money talks, and bureaucrats hear it.
Sadly, the San Diego River is only one of many fatalities among our streams and steep canyons. I live on what was once the San Luis Rey River. When I bought this property in 1974, the river ran most of the time, clear and clean.
In the 1980s, many deep wells and water-diversion projects began removing the water faster than it accumulated. Now the San Luis Rey is a streak of sand and rock extending from the ocean to Lake Henshaw. Four-wheelers race on it!
Pala’s casino was built where a magnificent oak grove once stood, in the floodplain. Other atrocities exist or are being considered from the ocean to Henshaw. That’s enough memories for me!
Don Bauder (“Bailsman,” “City Lights,” October 16) gives charity to the current financial mess. The gigantic bailouts will saturate the world with Federal Reserve scrip (debt note) dollars in the forthcoming paperstorm. German prime minister Merkel said after the current financial debacle (manipulated collapse), a new global financial system will emerge, meaning the current crisis is under central bank control.