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Of 150 American metropolitan areas, San Diego ranks 34th as a location for swinging singles, according to WalletHub, which compiles statistics on states and metro areas. The study is broken down into two categories: the economics of dating and the so-called "romance and fun" rank, which reports on the availability of singles entertainment. Not surprisingly, San Diego ranks 110th of the 150 metro areas in costs for singles. That drags down the overall ranking, because the city is 16th of 150 in availability of attractions. Costs drag down San Francisco, too, which is a lowly 125th in economics, but 4th in availability of "fun" things.

On the economics side, the study looks at costs of restaurants, beer and wine, movies, taxis, fitness clubs, beauty salons, housing, and haircuts. It also gauges median household income, job growth, and the unemployment rate. On the availability side, the study looks at number of restaurants, cafes, attractions, parks, nightlife options, shopping centers and wellness spas per capita, along with percentage of single persons (doubly emphasized), and online and mobile dating opportunities. The four winners are Boise; Madison, Wisconsin; Denver, and Austin. The worst: Brownsville, Texas; North Las Vegas; Hialeah, Florida, and Yonkers, New York.

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2014 @ 9:09 p.m.

MichaelValentine: Filner gets blamed for everything. You can always point to a dead person, or in Filner's case, a smeared person. Best, Don Bauder

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MichaelValentine Dec. 23, 2014 @ 8:50 a.m.

Bob Filner is a tragic San Diego political story. His feet of clay set progressive policies back in this city by thirty years.

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2014 @ 10:50 a.m.

MichaelValentne: Filner made mistakes by his own admission. He treated some women by standards of the 1950s, but there is a good question as to whether he sexually harassed anyone who was working for the city. There are also questions about whether he harassed many of the women -- not employees of the city -- who came forward and claimed they had been harassed. It appears many were recruited. Some represented the downtown corporate welfare crowd. It was a staged parade. The local mainstream press was complicit in the lynching. Best, Don Bauder

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MichaelValentine Dec. 23, 2014 @ 12:45 p.m.

I couldn't have put it any better. A tragic media lynching and look at the political fall out.

It's like we put all our political hopes for a populist progressive into the one basket ....

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2014 @ 3:45 p.m.

MichaelValentine: Even before Filner was elected, the downtown corporate welfare crowd was planning to oust him. They settled on sexual harassment charges. An LA lawyer and her henchmen recruited women to come forward in a well-timed parade; the press was obedient in plugging their stories -- one each day or so. Only the Reader showed the many conflicts of some of these accusers. Most were irrelevant anyway because they weren't city employees. Those who were city employees were richly rewarded. Now the corporate welfarists have their own lackey in the mayor's post. Best, Don Bauder

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MichaelValentine Dec. 23, 2014 @ 9:46 p.m.

Kabuki theater with a Greek chorus.

It was kind of awesome in it's orchestration and relentlessness. The nullification of the most participated in mayoral election in San Diego history if I'm not mistaken. Shocking. You said there was someone thinking of writing a book about it?

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2014 @ 9:51 p.m.

MichaelValentine: Yes, Steve Erie, professor of political science at UCSD, and co-author of the excellent book, "Paradise Plundered," (about San Diego's corruption and ineptitude) is considering writing a book about the lynching of Filner for political reasons. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Dec. 23, 2014 @ 11:31 a.m.

They even broke down Donna Frye. Happy Evolution Dr.Don.

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2014 @ 3:51 p.m.

shirleyberan: It was most unfortunate that Donna and two lawyers came out against Filner on the harassment charges. Each had a bone to pick with him that had nothing to do with sexual harassment. As MichaelValentine says, the caper may have turned the city back a long time, although I don't think 30 years. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Dec. 26, 2014 @ 8:37 p.m.

Has the term, "swinging" acquired a new meaning, or have I misunderstood the meaning for, lo, a half century or so?

As to the Filner kangaroo court, as in everything else, we should acquire the habit of inserting links to references where proof can be found.

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Don Bauder Dec. 27, 2014 @ 2:24 p.m.

Twister: Filner admitted his so-called transgressions because San Diego government presented him with two alternatives: 1. If he confessed and resigned, his costs would be paid; 2. If he didn't, he would go broke.

This same choice is presented to many defendants. It stinks. Best, Don Bauder

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