Jacobs: "Think of it as me voting with my pocketbook."
  • Jacobs: "Think of it as me voting with my pocketbook."
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Citing "personal epiphany," mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher decamps from Democratic Party, joins Qualcomm billionaire Jacobs' nonprofit San Diego Government Initiative.

Fletcher: "I'm an SD GI; how could I resist an organization named SDGI? But seriously; after a long and careful period of counting, er, consideration, I have determined that the best way to maintain my campaign, er, principled stand against the entrenched corruption here in San Diego, is to step outside the box marked 'politics' and into the box marked 'philanthropy.' Because I don't love the city — the polis; I love its people — anthropos. If elected, I will rename City Hall as The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for Good Governance in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the life — political and otherwise — of America's Finest City."

Asked to respond to charges of unethical political meddling, Jacobs said: " I'm not buying the election; I'm donating a new kind of Mayor. After I signed on to give away half of my fortune, I realized it was time to try something really large-scale. None of this piddling "$100 million here, $100 million there" nonsense. I don't just want to improve San Diego's educational system or its parks any more; I want to improve San Diego. Government seemed the best way to go about doing that. This Fletcher fellow seems like an ideal grant administrator. I'm sure the Board, er, City Council will agree."

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shirleyberan Sept. 26, 2013 @ 12:49 p.m.

Your'e not helping Jacobs - you are out dated and keeping people ignorant. Thanks for the "help".


dwbat Sept. 26, 2013 @ 2:54 p.m.

Haven't you heard of the Golden Rule? The man with the gold makes the rules!


PrescottAuburn Sept. 26, 2013 @ 4 p.m.

Fletcher may be a Democrat in name, but he seems so much like a Republican that I came up with this image to illustrate.


shirleyberan Sept. 27, 2013 @ 11:20 a.m.

Since San Diego has one of the highest homeless populations and there is No financial FairPlay anymore - lots of kids, families, veterans, broke and broken - do something about that. Build some housing where you want your new stadium you do-gooder Irwin. Give schools technology so kids get a better competitive edge early Irwin. Think what good you could really do Irwin!


shirleyberan Sept. 27, 2013 @ 11:27 a.m.

Irwin - feed kids that don't get nutrition - you are a joke Irwin


Ensenadamaria Sept. 29, 2013 @ 6:27 p.m.

Mr. Jacobs: I read here where you are looking to make a positive difference in education and the future of San Diego. Any chance you would be interested in paing for a mailer that would alert the South Bay to the alleged corruption and upcoming trials. Or perhaps pay for an in depth forensic audit of the Sweetwater accounts, all of them including Mello?


FatCatSegat Sept. 30, 2013 @ 7:59 a.m.

I agree with everyone here in regards to The Party Jumper but you guys realize that this is SD on the QT, right? Ey, eets a fonny ha ha joke column.


Joaquin_de_la_Mesa Sept. 30, 2013 @ 9:54 a.m.

Dang it, FatCat, you're spoiling the fun. : )


monaghan Sept. 30, 2013 @ 9:10 p.m.

If you have to talk about him, why not join those who call him Fletcher Nathan rather than use his real name? He's probably forsaken it by now anyway.


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