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The San Diego City Council today (February 10) agreed to pay Irene McCormack Jackson, former publicist for ex-mayor Bob Filner, $250,000 for sexual harassment she allegedly endured from the mayor.

In cases such as this, the attorney normally gets 30% to 50% of such a settlement. In this case, the celebrated Gloria Allred did much work on McCormack Jackson's behalf.

McCormack Jackson, who initially wanted $1.5 million, said that Filner wanted to see her naked, said that she should work without panties, said he could not wait to consummate their relationship, and he put her in "headlocks."

The fact that she never filed an official complaint while these actions were allegedly ongoing may have been a factor in her not getting all the money she wanted.

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HonestGovernment Feb. 10, 2014 @ 5:38 p.m.

Good riddance to her. She had no case. The small amount accurately represents her "stress, suffering, and future earnings."

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:26 p.m.

HonestGovernment: The fact that she made no official complaint while she was working for Filner may have worked against her. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 10, 2014 @ 5:41 p.m.

Why is McCormack-Jackson waiting until April 1st (interesting date) to end her employment with the city?

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:27 p.m.

aardvark: I have no idea on that one. Best, Don Bauder

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laplayaheritage Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:14 p.m.

The April 1, 2014 date coincides with the end of Filner's 3 month house arrest.

April 1, 2014 is also Eviction day for the 350 San Diegans who live in the City's Veterans and Downtown Homeless Emergency Shelter Tents. McCormack Jackson tried to sabotage the Homeless Veterans out of spite for her former boss. Specifically to make former Mayor Filner look like he didn't care about the poor.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:49 p.m.

laplayaheritage (Katheryn Rhodes): You have fought for the homeless/veterans tents. You have told me before that McCormack Jackson tried to keep you from seeing then-Mayor Filner. Best, Don Bauder

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KLoEditor Feb. 10, 2014 @ 6:51 p.m.

McCormack Jackson, who initially wanted $1.5 million, said that Filner wanted to see her naked, said that she should work without panties, said he could not wait to consummate their relationship, and he put her in "headlocks."

She alleged that he said these things.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:30 p.m.

KLoEditor: In my lead paragraph I used the terms "allegedly endured." So I didn't think I had to repeat it in the second reference. It's a coin flip. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7:46 a.m.

I wonder how many other lawyers gloria allgreed trampled to get to the front of the line?

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 8:15 a.m.

Murphyjunk: We still don't know a lot of the details. Allred is great at manipulating the press, and she really did her magic in San Diego, which was easy for her.

I am sure you noticed that the women who came forward to complain of Filner were trotted out one day at a time for maximum effect. Goldsmith was manipulating media desperate to get Filner out of office. To my knowledge, the Reader was the one major media outlet that challenged the veracity of several of the women who came forward.

Allred and Goldsmith appear to have been the major orchestrators, playing the local media like a violin. There was one other that I suspect but I don't have enough to single that person out yet. Best, Don Bauder

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laplayaheritage Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:09 p.m.

The Filner administration included keeping the Veterans and Downtown Homeless Emergency Shelter Tents opened year round. Now 350 San Diegans will be evicted on March 31, 2014 in 48 Days. The Tents will reopen in November 2014. Over 60+ San Diegans die every year due to a lack of basic shelter.

Last year, on April 6, 2013, McCormack Jackson tried to block Homeless Veterans Tents advocates from meeting with Mayor Filner at the first Saturday morning meetings to tell them his office staff was sabotaging efforts to fund solutions before the Monday April 8, 2013, 8 am morning evictions at the Veterans Tent in the Midway neighborhood.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/apr/08/san-diego-veterans-homeless-winter-shelter-stay-op/

Luckily McCormack Jackson's plan to block citizen access to the Mayor failed, and the Veterans Tents stayed opened Year Round for the first time ever.

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aardvark Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:22 p.m.

Laplayaheritage: Perhaps the $250k the city has to pay McCormack Jackson could have also gone towards keeping the homeless shelter open, but thanks to Filner's misdeeds, that isn't an option.

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laplayaheritage Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:50 p.m.

The Homeless and poor have been systematically abused by both City and County government officials.

There is over $9.7 million that could go directly to Homeless tomorrow with City Council approval. However, Civic San Diego, IBA, the City Attorney, and financial staff state there are no funding solutions and the homeless are screwed.

http://tinyurl.com/20140210a

The solution is to use the $7.8 Million in inter-agency Loan repayments in accordance with State law. By moving the $7.8 million in Loan Repayments into the Low and Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund (LMIHAF).

Beside the short term solution, there is still @ $500 Million in Successor Agency (SA) assets that are still being hidden from the City Council and public.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:57 p.m.

Katheryn Rhodes: The only time council worries about the homeless is when the wealthy living downtown complain that the homeless are making a mess. Best, Don Bauder

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gdonato Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7:26 p.m.

$127 million spent directly on taking care of the homeless in SD in 2013.

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:31 p.m.

gdonato: Where did you get that number? Please take that up with Katheryn Rhodes. Best, Don Bauder

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laplayaheritage Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:53 p.m.

Agreed. Many homeless San Diegan have and will die because of a lack of leadership. Too bad for the poor.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:58 p.m.

Katheryn: The homeless and their sympathizers simply don't have the ear of politicians. This is true in other cities as well. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:55 p.m.

aardvark: These Filner misdeeds had been going on for years. But nobody brought them up until the corporate welfare group wanted him out of office for trying to rain on their parade. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1:16 p.m.

Don: Then why was he backed so strongly by the Democrat Party to be mayor of this city? It was OK (apparently) to turn the other cheek for years until he became mayor, but then either his misdeeds reached a whole new level, or the "lynch mob" decided he shouldn't be mayor anymore.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 2:57 p.m.

aardvark: The Democrats and Republicans kept quiet about Filner's history of female abuse. Then the downtown corporate welfare crowd went fishing for something to use as a crowbar. Sexual harassment became the tool. The Republicans were aided by three people who call themselves progressives. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 11, 2014 @ 3:18 p.m.

Don: That doesn't answer the question as to why Filner was the Dems golden boy. The 2012 mayoral election did the city no favors, and both major parties also did us no favors.

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laplayaheritage Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:12 p.m.

You are forgetting that former Mayor Filner negotiated the 5-Year Pensionable Pay Freeze by himself. The City Unions were not happy with their investment.

You are forgetting about the $909 million in Successor Agency (SA) to the former CCDC Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Assets that are still being hidden from the City Council and the public.

www.tinyurl.com/20140127a

If the status quo remains, the almost $1 Billion in public money belonging to the poor and homeless will be split with 79% to the County's General Fund, and 21% to the City's General Fund.

On November 17, 2013 the City Council as the Successor Agency (SA) approved a $167 million check to the County Auditor Controller. The amount could easily have been zero instead.

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aardvark Feb. 11, 2014 @ 9:37 p.m.

I'm also not forgetting the fact that Filner's actions are the reason we are having these millions spent on special elections and on payments to victims of abuse of some sort by Filner.

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:22 p.m.

aardvark: But you are putting all the blame on Filner. Yes, his treatment of women was reprehensible. But was it sufficient to force him to make the choice of leaving office voluntarily or going bankrupt? Don't you understand how the the purported justice system works? Or I should say, "fails to work justly." Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 13, 2014 @ 10:39 p.m.

Don: True, the system doesn't work very well. But Filner gave the "powers that be" all they needed. I refuse to believe this was an orchestrated plot based on the number of women involved. I may be naïve in thinking that way, but I can't believe that San Diego is THAT corrupt. As far as Filner going bankrupt--the first settlement (apparently) stated that Filner was not financially liable in the settlement. What about attorney's fees? Never heard about those.

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Don Bauder Feb. 14, 2014 @ 8:56 a.m.

aardvark: Filner was promised that his legal fees would be taken care of, up to a certain level -- a high level. We cannot calculate yet how much this whole thing is going to cost the City, because the U.S. Attorney's office, to my knowledge, has not yet dropped the hammer on the Sunroad deal. If the federal government steps in, it will have to explain why it has looked the other way in many such cases around the U.S. Remember, this did not involve any money for Filner -- just for a charity. Best, Don Bauder

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laplayaheritage Feb. 15, 2014 @ 1:59 a.m.

San Diego IS that Corrupt. They steal from starving children, Veterans, and Seniors.

Please analyze our no-cost solutions to ending Homelessness using the $908 million in former Redevelopment Agency assets that are being siphoned off to the direct benefit of the City's and County's General Funds instead of the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC).

www.tinyurl.com/20131121c

The City AND County of San Diego are in violation of the Federal Fair Housing and HEARTH Act based upon their failure to identify funding to end Veterans and Chronic Homeless by 2015, and ALL Homeless including Children by 2020. The only current goal is to End Homelessness in downtown-only by 2016, and closing both tents until December 2014 if money is found.

www.tinyurl.com/20140127a

The San Diego Regional Continuum of Care and all Non-Profit and Faith Based Community members are being suckered by Civic San Diego, and City of San Diego staff and officials. So far purposeful sabotage includes the $13 million Housing Due Diligence Report (DDR) Payment, the $167 Non-Housing Other Assets DDR Payment, the "erasing" and "writing off" of $231.1 Million in Successor Agency (SA) debt to a Net Zero Value in the FY-2013 CAFR, and pretending that Civic San Diego is broke.

www.tinyurl.com/20140210a

Hopefully the Media will look into this important financial and social justice matter. Instead of being liquidated for the benefit of the City AND County General Funds, the full $908 million in Successor Agency (SA) assets needs to be independently audited.

See Pages 20 to 22 for the September 10, 2010 Joint Memorandum from then-City Council Members Carl DeMaio and Donna Frye asking Mayor Sanders and the City Council to direct the City Auditor Edwardo Luna to investigate the annual $18 million in Tax Sharing Payments from the Successor Agency (SA) to the County of San Diego in accordance with the 1992 Agreement for Cooperation that was never enforced. The Audits of the annual $18 million in Tax Sharing Payments were squashed by former Mayor Jerry Sanders.

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 1:27 p.m.

aardvark: That's the point. The City offered to pick up Filner's expenses. He would have had to raise a million dollars or more if he had turned down the City's offer, and fought the charges. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:18 p.m.

Katheryn Rhodes. Hopefully, your posts on this blog will awaken some in authority. They must ask: where's that money? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:01 p.m.

aardvark: Filner won because his major theme resonated with the public: the money has been hogged by the downtown corporate welfare crowd for far too long; it's time to steer money to the rotting infrastructure and deteriorating neighborhoods. Alvarez has picked up those themes. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:34 p.m.

aardvark: The answer is that Filner was smarter than the other candidates, and also more savvy about the ways of politics. Unfortunately, he didn't apply his savvy to his relationship with women. He left himself open. Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:25 p.m.

Let's memorialize that the "three people" were ex- City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs. Unforgettable and unforgiveable.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:05 p.m.

monaghan: Those were the three. All had been snubbed in one way or another by Filner, who is, after all, quite abrasive.

But what gets me is that Frye and Briggs, in particular, are the champions of open government. So why didn't they give the REAL reason why they wanted Filner out? Similarly, the corporate welfare crowd, through its lackey Goldsmith, used the sexual harassment tool, when their REAL fear was that Filner intended to end their party. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:52 p.m.

Katheryn Rhodes: We will have a new mayor, presumably tonight. Will you proselytize either one on behalf of the homeless? Best, Don Bauder

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laplayaheritage Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1:08 p.m.

Of course. The Veterans and Winter tents only need $686,686 to keep the Tents opened until the end of the Fiscal Year on July 1, 2014. All that is needed is a Strong Mayor who will stand up to City Council President Todd Gloria, who is a big Civic San Diego, IBA, and City Attorney Goldsmith supporter.

www.tinyurl.com/20140127a

Yes. There is money siting in the bank that can solve the Homeless problem. For the Veterans tent, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has put State Proposition 41 on the June 3, 2014 Ballot that will allow $600 Million in cash siting in the bank to be used for Veterans Homeless, Transitional Housing, and low income rental housing instead of Veterans Home Ownership. The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act has no detractors, and can fund Homeless Veterans Tents year round for at least the next 10 years.

For the Downtown Tent, if Councilman Alvarez becomes Mayor he would likely want to Tent near Barrio Logan to close. This would be a great reason to allow the Homeless to live in the old downtown Library instead. Win-Win-Win.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/admin/press-releases/2014/db14-008.htm

"Proposition 41. AB 639. Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014: Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of 2014. (Chapter 727, 2013) This bill would amend the Veterans’ Bond Act of 2008 to reduce the amount of bonds that are authorized to be issued under the act from $900,000,000 to $300,000,000. The bill would enact the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 (the bond act) to authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $600,000,000, as specified, for expenditure by the California Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide multifamily housing to veterans pursuant to the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of 2014 (VHHPA), also enacted by the bill. The bill would authorize the Legislature to amend the provisions of the bond act, by majority vote, for specified purposes. The bill would impose a specified reporting requirement on the Department of Housing and Community Development to evaluate, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, any program established by the former pursuant to the VHHPA. The bill would authorize the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide specified assistance to veterans."

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1:36 p.m.

Katheryn Rhodes: It sounds to me like the City of San Diego is hiding money. The auditor should look into your analysis. Best, Don Bauder

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patflannery Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:17 p.m.

Katheryn and I actually showed it to the auditor yesterday, while waiting for the Item to be called at the Council meeting. It was on the docket. Mr. Luna looked at Katheryn's notes and had no answer but he did suggest we ask the IBA to look at it. I have no doubt Katheryn will pursue it to the end.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:07 p.m.

patflannery: I agree. She is a bulldog. Luna has done some excellent investigations. This could be a very good one. Where is that money? Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:34 p.m.

Laplayaheritage, this is the first time I have read that Ms. McCormick Jackson tried to prevent homeless advocates from speaking with Mayor Filner at his monthly Saturday open meetings.

The truth slowly slowly reveals itself, thanks to your remarkable courage and persistence. I thank you for all you do.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:08 p.m.

monaghan: We should all thank Katheryn, who rides herd on the sticky fingers in San Diego government. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:30 p.m.

Gloria Allred is getting the majority of that check. So good-bye Irene. The pension thing will probably work out for you anyway, right?

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1 p.m.

shirleyberan: I don't know about her pension situation. I would think it is not large. She worked for the port for a few years and then for Filner for a much shorter period. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 2:50 p.m.

ALLRED, MCCORMACK JACKSON HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE. Attorney Gloria Allred and former press aide to Bob Filner, Irene McCormack Jackson, held a press conference today (February 11). Charging Filner with sexual harassment, McCormack Jackson asked for $1.5 million from the City but settled for $250,000, a large percentage of which will certainly go to Allred.

Said Allred in a prepared statement, "While we believed that a jury might have awarded her an amount in excess of the amount she agreed to in the settlement, Irene felt it was important that the City of San Diego which she loves be able to put this lawsuit to rest."

There were few from the San Diego media in attendance, but nobody challenged Allred's statement, according to Pat Flannery, who was there. Best, Don Bauder

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Emory_Kendrick Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:21 p.m.

April is exit time when plundering paradise

FACT April 2, 2013 Donna Frye's resignation from City of San Diego http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-12212-donna-fryes-resignation-letter.html

April 1, 2014 Irene McCormack's resignation from City of San Diego

OPINION The City Council of San Diego sold out San Diego residents February 10, failing to fight these allegations and settling without presenting credible evidence to voters who elected Filner mayor. Instead, voters get a callused photo op an Election Day that cost taxpayers MILLIONS as a result of this woman’s unproven allegations. This woman has cost us millions and thinks we care people at roadside restrooms talk to her? All she’s accomplished is broadcasting narcissism on an international scale, raiding public coffers with her City job and lawsuit, and humiliating a city with a high rate of longterm unemployed hopeful Filner’s policies would create jobs. The lynch mob this woman was part of created a horrific playbook to build on in years to come.

… an already plundered paradise was gangraped by greedy narcissists who established brand recognition to capitalize on for years while San Diego residents watch billions needed to for infrastructure go nowhere. Where do we sue Irene for the emotional distress she caused us?

WOMEN WHO MATTER & DON'T GET ENOUGH PRESS We support the real victims of sexual assault in San Diego. These are the voices we believe need press conferences http://www.10news.com/news/investigations/investigation-of-san-diego-police-culture-reveals-sexual-posters-promotions-lawsuits-02102014

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:47 p.m.

Emory_Kendrick: The obvious question at the press conference was: "If you love San Diego so much, why did you initially ask for $1.5 million?" But nobody from the press asked it. Surprised? Best, Don Bauder

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Emory_Kendrick Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:19 p.m.

Very valid point. I don't know of any San Diegans who feel Irene's love. I know a few of her former co-workers from port, paper and City days who can't stand her. She's lucky her former employees didn't ban together to publicly shame her treatment of them in the press.

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:36 p.m.

Emory_Kendrick: The truth has not yet come out on what happened to her at the port. Best, Don Bauder

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patflannery Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:43 p.m.

I got the impression that Allred and McCormack were trying to put the best face on what is really a defeat for them. They must have been disappointed at the press attendance. None of the big reporters like Gene Cubbison were there.

Allred will now try to make Irene McCormack the Erin Brockovich of sexual harassment, the new personal injury claims, with the usual book and movie deal. Good. Because this all really belongs in the entertainment section, prurient fiction and drama.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:51 p.m.

patflannery: Pat, you always put things so well. Allred didn't get what she normally gets, unless she is representing others against San Diego and expects to clean up. So she might try for a book and movie deal for McCormack Jackson. But even Hollywood would be smart enough to ask the obvious question. Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:40 p.m.

I saw the grotesque granny/receptionist on TV this morning who had also claimed sexual harassment from former Mayor Filner and had been represented by Gloria Allred. She was incensed not to have gotten a financial cut like McCormick's and said so. Apparently her court-ordered reparation is a letter of apology.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:53 p.m.

monaghan: I have not heard about her. Very interesting. I think the City gave McCormack Jackson $250,000 (or about half that after legal fees), so that Goldsmith wouldn't be embarrassed. Best, Don Bauder

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Emory_Kendrick Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:22 p.m.

She's the Total Recall disguise from the Original with Arnold ;) Keep waiting for her head to split so Arnold can reveal this was all a dream.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 8:03 p.m.

Emory_Kendrick: Or a nightmare. Best, Don Bauder

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HonestGovernment Feb. 12, 2014 @ 9:47 a.m.

She's the one who lives on a couch, watching reality shows. I know this is now totally irrelevant, but it was always disgustingly obvious that she invented all of her accusations, and she really sickens me. Even though you couldn't imagine it, per her own public statements, she's fond of bawdy sexual fantasy. Just in the past month she told the story of herself falling down in her apartment and not being able to get herself off the floor. Her comment about the 911 call responders was that "good looking firefighters came to my house." Yeah. If I were them, I wouldn't touch her. Who knows what she might accuse. This was the type of person cheered on by Allred and a horde of others who wanted to destroy Filner.

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Emory_Kendrick Feb. 12, 2014 @ 2:22 p.m.

HONEST - At her reveal press conference, Allred mentioned she was selected to serve as an adviser on some state commission to advance seniors. Nana's full transcript from that initial press conference isn't posted anywhere, but I've always remembered it because it didn't make sense: this poor woman is suffering so much because of Filner, but she's fit to serve on a state committee to advance the cause of senior citizens....

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HonestGovernment Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:11 p.m.

Yeah. And she just scored a unit in the subsidized senior housing apartment, which is, as she bragged recently, only 1 block from city hall.

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:28 p.m.

HonestGoverrnment: To whom did she make this boast? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:27 p.m.

Emory_Kendrick: High-profile people leaving San Diego government usually get some sinecure. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:40 p.m.

HonestGoverment: I don't know if she watches reality shows or invented her accusations. I know some people with inside knowledge think she invented at least one of them (that Filner wanted her to work without her panties.) I have no idea whether she is fond of bawdy sexual fantasies. Even if I knew, I wouldn't repeat it. Best, Don Bauder

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rehftmann Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:10 p.m.

Nice picture. Was the timing of this presser meant to tilt the election away from the rebound progressive threat to San Diego's entrenched zombie politics?

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 8:06 p.m.

rehftmann: Obviously, that thought has occurred to many people. However, news of the settlement could possibly hurt both Alvarez and Faulconer. The City's pocket got picked and the council approved it. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 8:08 p.m.

Emory_Kendrick: And trot out numerous women -- including some very questionable ones -- to complain, while manipulating the local press. Best, Don Bauder

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Emory_Kendrick Feb. 11, 2014 @ 8:58 p.m.

A local press that doesn't proofread. That black caption bar is the original screen shot posted as is. Today San Diego had a 'new' conference with Irene rather than a 'news' one.

If they don't see the difference between 'new' and 'news' how can they serve as the Fourth Estate? Or maybe it's CBS 8's wink they got it all along? On the other hand, this was broadcast and not print. Do we give them a pass? For 250,000 reasons = not this time.

Source: the video box http://www.cbs8.com/story/24693941/first-filner-accuser-reacts-to-250k-settlement

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 6:50 a.m.

Emory_Kendrick: The local press didn't ask the relevant questions yesterday. Hardly a surprise. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 6:58 a.m.

Naturalbornwriter: Filner brought Washington D.C. mores to San Diego. He should have known better. If he had been a sweet person, or would have licked the establishment's boots, the charges wouldn't have come up. But he is arrogant and abrasive, has a quick temper, and wanted to do the right thing: steer money to infrastructure and the neighborhoods instead of to the downtown corporate welfare crowd.

People on both sides of the aisle rose up against him, and the sexual harassment issue became his downfall.

Generally, I find that politicians who have a lot of enemies, such as Richard Nixon, are the ones that their peers and the press hound out of office.

Even though Democats outnumber Republicans in the City, the minority Republicans have a mayor who will do their bidding once again. The coup was successful. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 12, 2014 @ 8:58 p.m.

Don: If Filner had behaved himself, there would have been no "coup" (as you call it). I greatly respect you and admire you, but this is one subject we will always disagree on.

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:31 p.m.

aardvark: I'm sure we will always disagree on this one. You probably think I'm paranoid. i think you are not skeptical enough. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 13, 2014 @ 10:45 p.m.

Don: I do not think you are paranoid, and I may not be skeptical enough. Knowing your history writing about San Diego, I fear your writings about me not being skeptical enough may turn out to be true, and I could be in for a rude awakening. I know you will keep digging, and I will keep reading.

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Don Bauder Feb. 14, 2014 @ 7:19 a.m.

aardvark: I just said that because other local media call me paranoid or a conspiracy theorist. I get a kick out of it. I call myself a realist. During the whole Filner fiasco, other journalists labeled me a male chauvinist pig, because I saw that the whole thing was a well-coordinated plot, with a lawyer from L.A. and the city attorney manipulating the local media like puppets. Now I am writing about DeMaio's new ad and I will be called anti-gay. This goes with the turf. Best, Don Bauder

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QueenMe Feb. 15, 2014 @ 3:46 p.m.

Exactly what I was thinking. Every woman alive, who has ever held a job, has been sexually harassed, in one way or another.

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 7:04 p.m.

QueenMe: That's probably true, and it is reprehensible. But remember that before the sexual harassment laws came in, sexual badinage between men and women was a regular thing. Such behavior is now considered harassment. Today, both sexes tiptoe around the subject. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 12, 2014 @ 12:52 a.m.

Deposing witnesses would likely cost more than the 250K settled for, and both sides might not want to be under oath. This seems like a good settlement for Filner and the City, and a mediocre termination settlement for McCormack-Jackson. But if everything she alleges is true, the real damages might not be so much. Fact is, repulsive behavior by supervisors is not unusual.

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 7:05 a.m.

Psycholizard: Sexual harassment is repugnant. Filner's behavior was repugnant, and he admitted it. Was that a sufficient reason to force him out of office? The behavior of JFK, Lyndon Johnson, and dozens of former and current politicians, including more recently Anthony Weiner and Sen. David Vitter, were far more repugnant. Vitter is still in office. Best, Don Bauder

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Scott Marks Feb. 12, 2014 @ 10:21 a.m.

She's banking a minimum of $125,000?! For what? Being drooled on and placed in a headlock? Mad Dog Vachon and Baron Von Raschke didn't made $125,00 in their entire careers as professional wrestlers! Bob Filner is the best thing that ever happened to IMJ!

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:44 p.m.

Scott Marks: She is not banking $125,000. Her lawyer will get up to half of that. I appreciate the professional wrestling analogy. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 12, 2014 @ 8:49 p.m.

Scott: Those wrestlers were born in the wrong era.

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 10:58 p.m.

aardvark: I remember Haystacks Calhoun, supposedly 400 to 500 pounds, who would take on a tag team match by himself. He would win, of course. He was a fan favorite. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 12, 2014 @ 11:07 p.m.

Don: Never heard that name before, but professional wrestling goes back a long time. I would suppose you do as well.

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:33 p.m.

aardvark: I turn 78 in May. Haystacks Calhoun wrestled -- well, "wrestled," -- in Chicago in the 1940s and maybe 1950s, as I recall. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 14, 2014 @ 9:32 a.m.

Don: And may you live and write many more years.

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 9:11 a.m.

aardvark: Thanks, but a lot of San Diegans don't agree with you. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:11 a.m.

Would you believe 601 lbs.? He and ex-Charger turned wrestler Ernie "Big Cat" Ladd had some memorable matches. http://tinyurl.com/mr4s5ou

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:37 p.m.

Duhbya: Damn. That is Haystacks. And I underestimated his weight. Actually, I was going to write 600 pounds, but I thought that was far too much. Actually, his picture doesn't look like he weighed 600. But then, nothing about professional wrestling is real. If he wrestled Ernie Ladd, then I was probably off on his age, too. I said he wrestled in the 1940s and 1950s. He probably was in a later era. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya Feb. 13, 2014 @ 9:40 p.m.

Don, that photo is from his earlier days. As he gained in years, so did he gain in body mass. And you weren't far off on his era. He wrestled from the Fifties through Seventies. If you click on the link directly below my comment, you'll see him in a match with Ernie Ladd at Madison Square Garden in 1975. He did not appear to be in good health to this viewer. I was always in awe of his trademark finishing move, when he would fly off the ropes and flatten his opponent. I don't know how that could be faked.

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Don Bauder Feb. 14, 2014 @ 7:31 a.m.

Duhbya: The first time you sent that link I couldn't bring it up -- computer problems. But this morning I was able to view it. What nostalgia!

I get a kick out of those pro wrestling announcers. They pretend it is the real thing. You know, one of the wrestling organizations has gone public, selling stock on the open market, and in its SEC documents has to admit that pro wrestling is "scripted entertainment." Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 12, 2014 @ 12:42 p.m.

The timing of the press conference, election day, reveals so much. IMJ seems to want the developers back in power. She may reap her real financial reward with her next job, we will see. We'll never know the full story.

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Emory_Kendrick Feb. 12, 2014 @ 2:28 p.m.

The day she dropped the panty bait that Filner didn't understand was a staff meeting where Allen Jones resigned warning Filner to treat staff better. They resigned together... Allen's been wise and stayed out of the press, but they were a tag team when they departed. A week later Frye's meeting with Filner to ask for him to resign. She got $250000 for 6 months on the job plus whatever disability they paid her and her outgoing date of employment will read April 1, 2014 when she hasn't apparently been able to work from all the stress.

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 11 p.m.

Emory_Kendrick: I have heard about the stress but had no idea she is being paid through April 1. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:46 p.m.

Psycholizard: The developers are back in power. Filner had held up some real estate developments. Faulconer can't, because he took their money. There is not enough water in San Diego for more development. If anything, there should be a moratorium on development. Don't expect it from Faulconer. Best, Don Bauder

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clockerbob Feb. 12, 2014 @ 2:55 p.m.

Those Islamic or Catholic Arabs (50,000 in San Diego) who fought with, spied for or acted as translators For the American forces In Iraq and Afghan and, then, found their way to the USA are Living in section’8’ housing. Their heads never reside in a tent. Their finances Are also provided

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Don Bauder Feb. 12, 2014 @ 5:47 p.m.

clockerbob: Sounds like something that should be investigated. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Feb. 13, 2014 @ 3:51 p.m.

There are more claims to settle. Dianne York, the star of the canceled Oxygen channel reality show "Addicted to Beauty" and who owned the now-closed The Spa of La Jolla, also filed a claim with the city. She claimed Filner put his hands on her buttocks while a photo was being taken following a meeting in his office.

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 9:19 p.m.

Naturalbornwriter: It's not too late to buy a cable company. Do you have a few billion lying around? Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 13, 2014 @ 10:49 p.m.

Don: Comcast bought TWC for $45 billion. They might need more than a few billion.

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Don Bauder Feb. 14, 2014 @ 7:34 a.m.

aardvark: Yes, there was a deal for Time Warner Cable -- just at the time that cable TV is sinking. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 1:39 p.m.

Naturalbornwriter: Writers are often broke...and broken down. F. Scott Fitzgerald died believing he was a failure. (The Great Gatsby had not yet taken off.) This is also true of some composers and great poets. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 7:12 p.m.

Naturalbornwriter: Beethoven and Rachmaninoff battled very bad depression. Beethoven wrote dolorous letters of his depression. Rachmaninoff fell into deep depression after his First Symphony failed. He went to see a hypnotist (it may have been Mesmer), and then the next work khe created was his Second Piano Concerto, the greatest (or at least most popular) work he ever created. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2014 @ 9:14 p.m.

Ponzi: I wrote two items about York. Since 1999, she has been involved in more than 35 San Diego lawsuits as either a plaintiff or defendant. She was evicted from the La Jolla building in which her business was located. That company went into bankruptcy in 2011. She tried unsuccessfully to file a personal Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy in Los Angeles. There is more, but it's late. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Feb. 13, 2014 @ 10:08 p.m.

Yes, I saw your stories. I don't think Filner did anything inappropriate with her. In my opinion, she piled on to the frenzy of allegations to cash in on a claim. This is where I began to question why nobody complained sooner. If Filner was that bad, why didn't someone complain sooner. It supports the theory that all this was not perhaps fabricated, but certainly blown way out of proportion.

The "machine" has put their puppet in office. He better watch his every move because people, like me, will not hesitate to pull his covers on the very first mistake he makes. It's 2014, we have new tools now, and we will be monitoring Falconer like nobodies business. He had better keep that in mind. If he does not keep his campaign promises, the public should not hesitate to recall him. Falconer better be vigilant because this job as mayor will be the end of his political career if he doesn't live up to his promises. He, of all mayors, will have to walk the talk, he will rise no further if he disappoints because too many democrats are giving him the benefit of the doubt.

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Don Bauder Feb. 14, 2014 @ 7:42 a.m.

Ponzi: I exposed the phoniness of several of the women that Allred trotted out. Almost all were irrelevant because they had not worked for the City when the alleged events took place....often, years before he became mayor. Trotting them out was just show biz -- which Allred has mastered -- and local media got completely taken.

If Faulconer trips up, you may not be able to get it in local media. Basically, they are controlled by the downtown corporate welfare crowd. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 15, 2014 @ 1:56 a.m.

Filner kept his clothes on, so far as we know, with all his accusers.

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 9:27 a.m.

Psycholizard: Yes, he kept his clothes on, unlike Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, David Vitter, Eliot Spitzer, et al. Sexual harassment is bad, but both Kennedy and Johnson slept with employees, which is worse, in my judgment.

I still believe that as time passes, more and more San Diegans will realize this was a lynching for political purposes. It was orchestrated by Goldsmith and Allred, and the winners were the backers of Kevin Faulconer, who now have an obedient servant as mayor.

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 9:19 a.m.

Naturalbornwriter: Yes, Filner has several personality flaws -- arrogance, abrasiveness, quick temper, and treatment of women. But Bob Filner is very smart (PhD) and principled (participation in Southern marches for racial equality.)

Personally, I prefer politicians with brains. Others believe personality flaws override intelligence. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 7:20 p.m.

Naturalbornwriter: I never said that most of the women who complained of Filner's misbehavior were whores in disguise. I said that the motives of some of them were extremely questionable. Some of them were quite believable. No doubt Filner acted like a jerk. He admitted it.

I question your thesis. If the women working for Filner would have complained to human relations personnel, they would not have lost their jobs. They would have been transferred to other jobs in the City with at least equal pay. McCormack Jackson got another job for the same pay. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 15, 2014 @ 2:59 a.m.

Irene McCormack Jackson will forever be known for her fury, and what she destroyed. She obviously is an untalented writer and public speaker. I will always remember the hateful look in her eyes as she said, "He shook me like a rag doll.". I wish someone would ask her if she went limp in his arms, and became his plaything, or what the hell she meant, because Filner doesn't seem powerful enough for a ripped bodice novel move like that. Her story was just silly sometimes.

Perhaps I'm too harsh on her writing skills, she has talent at fiction.

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2014 @ 9:29 a.m.

Psycholizard: By trotting out all those complaining women -- some of whom were prominent -- Allred tried to make McCormack Jackson believable. But the evidence was not there. Best, Don Bauder

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