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“Councilwoman [Pamela] Bensoussan, what planet do you think you are on?” asked Derrick Roach at the Chula Vista City Council meeting on July 27. Roach is a San Diego–based private investigator and Republican candidate for the 79th District Assembly seat.

During his three-minute public comment, Roach, the same private dick that dove into a Dumpster behind an ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) branch office in San Diego last year to retrieve sensitive documents, spoke out against Bensoussan’s motion to appoint former interim city councilmember and former planning board member Mitch Thompson to the city’s Mobile Home Park Rent Review Committee.

“Back in June, I came before this council when Mr. Thompson was serving as an interim councilmember and I pointed out some illegal activities that he engaged in,” said Roach from the dais while holding a letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission in his right hand.

The gumshoe was referring to allegations that Thompson had violated California’s conflict-of-interest laws by purchasing parcels of land located in the city’s redevelopment area and voting on surrounding parcels while he was a member of the planning board. Roach claimed Thompson violated the conflict-of-interest law five times in 2009.

“Most of these mobile-home parks are in redevelopment zones,” said Roach. “How do you think Mr. Thompson is going to act as a commissioner? Someone here is not thinking, or perhaps…maybe someone is smoking something.”

Councilmember Bensoussan responded to Roach’s tirade: ”On this planet that we are living on, in this country, people are innocent until proven guilty.”

Bensoussan then read aloud a passage from the Fair Political Practices Commission letter that stated the commission had not “made any determination about the validity” of the claim.

The council later approved Thompson's appointment, 4 votes to 1. (Councilmember John McCann opposed the nomination because of potential conflict of interest.)

Thompson will appear at the Mobile Home Rent Review Committee’s October meeting.

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Founder July 28, 2010 @ 7:36 p.m.

It's amazing to me that so many parts of "Greater" San Diego are being run in the exact same way and I just don't know what it is; but of course, I'm not an insider!

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elliott July 28, 2010 @ 11:02 p.m.

Roach twitted that he was going to the meeting. Great coverage for him.

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VigilantinCV July 29, 2010 @ 2:06 p.m.

Shenanigans like this one by Derrick Roach is what gives Chula Vista such a sorry image. And for Roach to be able to twitter successfully his intentions to get three more minutes of fame leaves me shaking my head about journalism today. You can bet Roach will try it again

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Founder July 29, 2010 @ 2:12 p.m.

Reply to # 2 I sure agree with you!

-- Just say, "GO" --

I hope they all do listen when Roach "bugs" them,, to help protect, from any, ill conceived whim.

They all better pay attention, this is really no lark, if they are not careful, they will not have a place to park!

All their land, makes the developer's drool, and it sounds like old Thompson's, just a tool;

if he can only just relocate all of those old lorries, Chula Vista can build lots of new homes with more stories!

So Owners, lock your gate, before it's, "Too Late"!

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Dorian Hargrove July 29, 2010 @ 4:48 p.m.

To Elliott and VigilantinCV, I do not follow Roach on Twitter, nor have I seen any of his past tweets. I watched the city council meeting and reported on it. Thanks!

Dorian

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