But Sanders reappointed three Centre City boardmembers who hadn’t done their due diligence on Graham, and the council agreed by a 7-to-1 vote. Donna Frye dissented, saying Centre City needed an ethical overhaul.
When she was running for mayor against Sanders in 2005, Frye said that Centre City should pay back $100 million that it owed to the City. Sanders “said it would kill a cash cow; he was all gloom and doom about the idea,” recalls Frye. But in his new budget, he is asking for money from Centre City, “and everybody says what a great idea he has. I find it entertaining,” chuckles Frye, who sees Sanders’s biggest problem as “the failure to deal with the financial problems.”
San Diego’s basic fault, says Frye, is that “it continues to reward bad behavior,” just as Congress rewards Wall Street’s bad behavior. It takes hubris and buckets of horse manure to do that.