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Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer made an intelligent move this afternoon (February 26) by naming assistant police chief Shelley Zimmerman as San Diego's first female chief, replacing William Lansdowne, who stepped down yesterday.

Zimmerman is an ideal choice for a police department in trouble for its members' sexual misdeeds. City council must approve the selection, but she is a shoo-in. Councilmember Lorie Zapf said Zimmerman is "an exceptional officer and public servant" as well as a timely choice.

Zimmerman said she will not tolerate any police officers dishonoring their badge — a problem that has haunted Lansdowne.

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viewer Feb. 26, 2014 @ 8:42 p.m.

When it comes to females: Redheads -- at the most times -- make the difference to the positive. But in this case there be no other female before Zimmerman to compare to. Just others overall. Gotta think positive, but also gotta be realistic.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:19 a.m.

viewer: Redheads are better? Not sure there is any difference among redheads, brunettes, blondes. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:23 a.m.

Don is not in the public/open society as much as I am; and others are. Don is too busy in a closed, editorial building. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. Blondes are an oversupply for the highly demanding market. That was begun by the tv industry as a trend.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:42 a.m.

viewer: Yes, i have a sheltered life. Glad to hear that you don't. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:29 p.m.

There is difference in choice of hair dye.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:45 p.m.

Psycholizard: As a lizard, do you color your hair green? Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 27, 2014 @ 8:36 p.m.

I have huge hair, a beard and curls, and everyone tells me not to cut it because it helps the rock act, I comply because they're right. Please don't tell them your green hair idea, that might help also, but I have to look myself in the mirror.

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Don Bauder Feb. 28, 2014 @ 7:03 a.m.

Psycholizard: Well, green hair is better than almost no hair -- my situation. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell March 1, 2014 @ 12:21 p.m.

It's possible that through marriage you've eliminated the baldness gene from your family tree that's been the bane of the Bauder clan since before the reign of Julius Augustus Caesar.

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Duhbya March 1, 2014 @ 5:06 p.m.

More commonly known as the mane bane.

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Don Bauder March 1, 2014 @ 7:41 p.m.

Duhbya: Or the main mane bane, to be pristine about it. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 1, 2014 @ 7:39 p.m.

Burwell: Most stories about male pattern baldness say it comes through the female side, although that doesn't appear to be unanimous. My father was bald, as was his father. My mother's father was bald. Me? I kept hoping I would be balled all the time, but I wasn't much of a lover....neither fighter nor lover, as Uncle Julius Caesar was. Best, Don Bauder

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FatCatSegat Feb. 26, 2014 @ 9:38 p.m.

You know, It looks like Mayor-elect Faulconer is going to be alright. The current fiasco,(culture?) within the SDPD is out in the public's eye and demanded a drastic yet sensible response which I believe Mr. Faulconer has done. On the day when a fellow republican in Arizona has responded sensibly and courageously,(contrary to what the far right wants) I'm just as impressed with our Republican Mayor's decision. I didn't vote for him but, he has my full support and respect. Good job and congratulations Chief Zimmerman.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:21 a.m.

FatCatSegat: The governor of Arizona did the right thing, but she did not respond sensibly and courageously. She bowed to economic pressure. Give the credit for this intelligent veto to Apple, Intel, etc. Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:22 p.m.

Calling what went down in Arizona this last week "sensible and courageous" is a stretch. Republican Governor Jan Brewer can get away with endorsing racist Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the economic fallout from going along with the anti-gay so-called religious freedom bill would have been huge. Her decision was an easy one.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:32 p.m.

monaghan: When Apple, Intel, Marriott and many other businesses express their disapproval of this disgusting redneck bill, and then the NFL does so (although not threatening to cancel a Super Bowl), Brewer had no other option but to veto. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Feb. 28, 2014 @ 2:19 p.m.

Don Bauder, A threat to move Super Bowl XLIX from Phoenix, probably to Tampa, was not explicit, but it sure as hell was implicit. The NFL, imho, made it perfectly clear with their statement that if Brewer did not veto the SB1062, the game was gone. Considering that the NFL had already taken away one Super Bowl from Phoenix, at least Brewer was not moron enough to let it happen again.

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McLovin Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:18 p.m.

It appears to be the most intelligent choice. I found it amusing that KPBS reported that the "I"-mayor, who had been calling for a nationwide search, was caught off guard by the decision.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:23 a.m.

McLovin: Yes, the interim mayor was definitely caught off guard, looking foolish. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:20 p.m.

The problem is that Zimmerman was actually running the department on a daily basis, not Lansdowne. So Lansdowne gets fired for trusting Zimmerman to run the department while Zimmerman, who caused the department's problems, is made Chief. Faulconer should have fired both of them and recruited someone from the outside. You can't make this crap up.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:28 a.m.

Burwell: Very interesting interpretation. I have not heard that Zimmerman was actually running the department day-to-day. If that is the case, then some of us will have to eat crow. Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:34 p.m.

SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman doesn't strike me as the sharpest tool in the shed and if what Burwell says is accurate, we would have benefitted from a national search. Lansdowne, too political by half, should have been fired, but instead gets to enjoy "retirement."

Zimmerman is an appealing appointment because many will be glad there is a first female top-cop, but if recent outrageous police behavior is common in the ranks, Zimmerman will have to have been looking the other way all along.

Amusingly, Voice of San Diego ran the numbers based on Zimmerman's claim that most police are model citizens, and found that her calculations would result in a total of two miscreants on the force.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:42 p.m.

monaghan: Sorry. I didn't see that study iin the Voice, or Zimmerman's claim. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering March 1, 2014 @ 6:17 p.m.

What you boys and girls don't understand (except Burwell) is the Chief is a political figurehead who takes the heat and or gets the credit. The actual day-to-day operations of the Department are, in fact, distributed amongst the assistant chiefs (Zimmerman et. al.) who in turn report to the Executive Assistant Chief. So, for all intents and purposes, the Department is run by this Cabal, known as C.E.C. or Chief's Executive Council with the Chief at the helm. It, the cabal, produces the policy and procedures that are used as the guidelines that govern the organization.

With all of that said, there, of course, is one additional control. Well let's not call it a control, because there's little of that element in it. It's POLITICS. Chief Lansdowne for the most part knew how to play and it certainly appears our new Chief does too.

As to comment regarding Zimmerman ..."looking the other way all along" ...well let's just say she was too busy looking out for herself to be worried about two miscreants.

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Don Bauder March 1, 2014 @ 7:45 p.m.

JustWondering: That may be true of Zimmerman. I don't know. But I know it is true of most executives who climb to the top rung. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:20 a.m.

Shez~ so going by the credibility of your source of information, The Red is already into the Grey?

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:29 a.m.

viewer: Not sure I understand that comment. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:43 a.m.

Reading Burwell's comment:: (whom I comment as having a profile of) Red -- has now turned the status of Grey. Due to Burwell's comment. As grey be the color of neutral. Burwell has removed her positive, that I & the earlier ones gave ~Shez.~

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:46 a.m.

viewer: Again, you are not getting through to me. Maybe I am dense and you are a genius. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:59 a.m.

I wonder if she would have been Jose Susumo Azano Matsura's choice if his scheme had worked?

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:51 a.m.

Murphyjunk: How do you know Azano's scheme didn't work? He wanted a new mayor and all he wanted was that mayor to name a new police chief. There was a new mayor who named a new police chief. Coincidence? Or.....hmmm. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:48 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Emphasize it: hmmmmmmmmmm. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 8:07 a.m.

When's Don' gonna do a SDR report, based on the comments of Don's reply to Burwell?

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:52 a.m.

viewer: I will keep that a secret. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:26 p.m.

~You're funny~ Now you're gonna be another Bob Filner -- about it? It's just news. [but] News is factual, depending on its source.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:35 p.m.

viewer: Now that is profundity: News is factual -- if you can trust the source. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:02 p.m.

That is what my intended context was: depending on the credibility of its source.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:50 p.m.

viewer: We always consider the source. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Feb. 27, 2014 @ 9:14 a.m.

Here's a question... Is Zimmerman participationg in the City's DROP program? If so, how much time does she have left is the "irrevocable" DROP contract?

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:54 a.m.

JustWondering: You have asked a critical question that the Reader is already trying to find the answer to. We have lots of calls out and will post something by day's end, even if we get no definitive answer. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:14 p.m.

ZIMMERMAN IS DEFINITELY OUT AFTER FOUR YEARS. Please see Matt Potter's excellent post on this question. Zimmerman signed up for the DROP program effective March 2, 2013. Therefore, she is no longer an employee in four years. So she has only four years at the helm.

The only way she could change this is if she claims that her original DROP contract was defective in some way. If she or the City tries this ploy, people should raise holy hell. The DROP program is a blatant double-dipping arrangement. No one should be allowed out of it once they sign up. If the City gets smart and drops DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan), it should not be able to ex post facto eliminate those who have already signed up and are in the program. Best, Don Bauder

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Darren Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:47 a.m.

* This just in to the breaking news desk * Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been appointed to head the San Diego Police Department's internal affairs sex crime unit. Film at eleven...on the new U-T digital platform SexFlix or was that NetGrope?

Frisky Bob is back to work!!!!

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:39 p.m.

Darren: How can he do that job while he is under house arrest? Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:31 p.m.

Doesn’t this comment belong in the “Almost Factual News” section of the Reader?

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:52 p.m.

Ponzi: Some of those comments wander over here. Best, Don Bauder

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Darren Feb. 28, 2014 @ 2:03 p.m.

That's what I love about you Sir Bauder---you have never backed down from a good news story! :o)

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Don Bauder March 3, 2014 @ 12:05 p.m.

Darren: But it has to be news, not fiction. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:26 p.m.

This stinks. The town is so stupid sometimes. Obviously the choice of an insider should have been delayed until an audit was completed. Obviously the choice was made before Lansdowne's decision was made known, and he was forced out to make way for her. The timing suggests this is a planned result of the election. Who decided this, when did they decide this, where did they consult, why are they avoiding outside scrutiny. As of now, we only know that we have been told nothing.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:46 p.m.

Psycholizard: Was it Lansdowne's decision to step down? To name Zimmerman as his replacement? Did Azano play a role? Best, Don Bauder

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Wabbitsd Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:56 p.m.

I tend to agree with your assessment. She's been there a long time. Did she ever speak up? It's hard to believe NO ONE knew these guys were doing what they did...I'll give her a "wait and see," but I am not expecting much.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:27 p.m.

Wabbitsd: You pose a poignant question. Did she ever speak up? And since we now know she will only be around four years, was she just an interim appointment? Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Feb. 27, 2014 @ 1:33 p.m.

If you were not aware, Chief Zimmerman and Mayor-elect Faulconer are VERY close friends. People can make and will make their own conclusions on how this influenced the decision.

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patflannery Feb. 27, 2014 @ 1:52 p.m.

I'm not sure how close Shelley Zimmerman and Kevin Faulconer are but I don't think Katherine Stuart, Kevin's wife, has much to worry about - Shelley is gay.

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:08 p.m.

Does this "close" relationship have anything to do with the side-to-side road cycling that Zimmerman & Faulkner were doing. Wearing 'CAF' blue/white cycling jerseys. Sheez~

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 8:01 p.m.

viewer: I trust it was not a bicycle built for two. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:56 p.m.

Pat: Wow. If true, that makes three of San Diego's top law enforcement officers gay. There is nothing wrong with this; it's just interesting. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:29 p.m.

JustWondering: This is important information. I hope you saw my post above that since she signed up for DROP a year ago, she is only a four-year appointee. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Feb. 27, 2014 @ 1:41 p.m.

I see from the newest story in the News Ticker from you and Matt Pottter that Zimmerman is already in DROP with four years left after Lansdowne official last day with the City. Does this make her a lame duck Chief? Was this "decisive" move by our Mayor-elect really a smart one?

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:33 p.m.

JustWondering: Yes, she is a lame duck. Credit Matt Potter with terrific reporting. I only helped by making a bunch of calls and sending emails. She will limp through four years as chief. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:09 p.m.

Wasn't is said that O'Conner was too -- in her later time? (sorry to hear)

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:34 p.m.

viewer: No, O'Connor was never a lame duck. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 3 p.m.

It was just the gambling. Laundering. Had Maureen not done those & else: going by Don's personality --- it seem that Don Bauer been an interesting AID for O'Conner. I estimate they'd been in the same age generation of people.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 6 p.m.

viewer: Gambling got Maureen in trouble long after she left office. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:12 p.m.

Correct. I hilited the behavior in had Maureen not done it, she/Maureen would have a cleaner profile on record -- of her history.

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Don Bauder Feb. 28, 2014 @ 7:10 a.m.

viewer: Obviously, Maureen regrets her gambling addiction. Best, Don Bauder

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patflannery Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:46 p.m.

I think he meant was O'Connor gay. Shelley would know, she was her driver and bodyguard for several years and knew everything that went on. Mayor "Mo" mixed with the top society so Shelley would have learned who is naughty and who is nice about town. Good stuff for an ambitious gal to know. Now no doubt Kevin will put it all to good use. Knowledge is power.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 8:14 p.m.

patflannery: Yes, Pat, I tried to ignore viewer's implication by shifting the discussion to lame duck. I do not believe Maureen O'Connor is gay. That rumor goes around about any woman who is powerful -- and in her case, one who was a gym teacher. She was devoted to her late husband, Bob Peterson, although they did have some problems. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 7:22 p.m.

I could not say further. Times were different, back then. Behaviors in general were different back then. Nowadays, what we hear about the PD chief be the norm & be expected to be repeated with the next; (Frequency of). Not to be surprised if/when controversy come about mayor/coucilmembers in the recent decades. With Maureen, times were not as advanced. The pace be so different then.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 8:18 p.m.

viewer: I have known and deeply liked Maureen O'Connor for a long time. Her falling into gambling addiction was tragic. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:38 p.m.

Pat Flannery: Maureen would be the one to teach another lady how to succeed in a man's world. That's important information. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:41 p.m.

John Jusko: Lansdowne was more of a politician than a police chief. In the end, his spending time on politics and neglecting his duty to keep the force in line finished him off. Best, Don Bauder

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:49 p.m.

Why did one of the above delete MY FACTUAL COMMENT of Zimmerman cycling side-to-side, on road bike, with Faulkner? Wearing their blue & white 'CAF' endorsed jerseys. Was this because of lack of source??? Just ask. Whoever 'CAF' be -- won't be revealed to the public; what 'CAF' have got concealed? Removing of my factual comment shows how bias, other ones are of the SDR -- here. That side-to-side cycling shows a direct relationship. If Zimmerman had blonde hair even more bias, FOR her would have been received.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 6:02 p.m.

viewer: I don't know anything about a deletion. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Feb. 27, 2014 @ 5:25 p.m.

They should have conducted a nationwide search and poached an up-and-comer with an outstanding reputation. I don’t know anything about Zimmerman, but I do believe the bottle-neck is always at the top of the bottle. She was just below the cap. The problems the department has exhibited will not easily change with an entrenched insider. A fresh outsider would have sent a message that status quo was going to be disrupted and there’s a new sheriff in town. If these hastily made, lazy decisions are an indication of the Faulconer leadership, the voters will be getting a lot less than they deserve for a mayor.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 6:04 p.m.

Ponzi: The quickness with which a top aide was named to the top job does raise questions. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard Feb. 27, 2014 @ 8:24 p.m.

I'm reading that they are calling the latest busted officer's conduct, "solicitation of a sexual bribe.". It was not, it was rape by threat of continued imprisonment. This town is complicit in the crimes, as the ones holding the victims for the rapists. Whoever is writing these press releases should be released from their employment. The whole top police management should be fired, they can't even pretend to respect the victims.

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viewer Feb. 27, 2014 @ 9:25 p.m.

The Psycholizard's last 2 sentences are more topics [in future articles] for Don. Gotta keep Don's mindset generated.~

But a good modification, for reasons in an updated society, to the Pscholizard's last sentence: "respect the disabled victims."

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Don Bauder Feb. 28, 2014 @ 7:15 a.m.

viewer: Possible those two last sentences will become columns. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 28, 2014 @ 7:14 a.m.

Psycholizard: Public relations practitioners only know how to write euphemisms. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard March 1, 2014 @ 2:53 p.m.

The trouble is, we hear of violent rape of prostitutes treated as an unenforceable civil matter, non payment for illegal services. These statements seem to confirm this sick reasoning. I heard many complaints in the cab days that the police were the worst perverts on the stroll. I believe them now.

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Don Bauder March 3, 2014 @ 12:13 p.m.

Psycholizard: To find out if the cops were the worst perverts of all, we need an investigation. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard March 3, 2014 @ 2:54 p.m.

We know now the prostitutes had legitimate complaints, at the time I gave them no credence. Those who rape with guns and handcuffs are the worst, no question there. An investigation will clear many police, it can't be too soon or too thorough.

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Psycholizard Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:54 p.m.

This is just what we know about. I hope these new lawsuits result in subpoenas for the entire police brass. Jan Goldsmith, as usual, competes for the title of most nauseating. He investigates victims for smear purposes, and denounces victims as prostitutes. For every prostitute that would report any rape, let alone police rape, many times that are raped. Where is the solicitous attitude that treated every date request by the former Mayor as a crime. This is loathsome, and Faulconer's quick appointment of an insider suggests continuing cover up that includes the new Mayor himself.

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Don Bauder Feb. 28, 2014 @ 7:19 a.m.

Psycholizard: You are right about Goldsmith. Solicitation for a date became a crime. Reason: Goldsmith's backers, the corporate welfare crowd, were afraid that Filner would strip them of their monopoly powers (despite their minority status with the voters). Best, Don bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 28, 2014 @ 9:21 p.m.

Margo Schwab: That is a ringing endorsement that should be taken seriously. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK March 1, 2014 @ 7:45 a.m.

I wonder if the cities plan to delete all email one year old or more has anything to do with covering up some half baked plots?

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Don Bauder March 1, 2014 @ 9:32 a.m.

Murphyjunk: The plan to delete emails after one year is an attempt to thwart the press in tracing corruption. Period. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh March 2, 2014 @ 4:11 p.m.

The Facebook posts are all laudatory for some reason. I'd just like to remind some people of the rejoicing in 1993 when Janet Reno was appointed Attorney General. Just because she was female didn't mean she was good or decent or fair or competent.

Burwell, Psycholizard and some others are pointing out some salient facts that are anything but laudatory. While I knew nothiing about the woman before this announcement, I would have been skeptical of it because she came up through the same dysfunctional department that now needs to be fixed. That she rose to the highest ranks in the SDPD without ever giving any indication of being a reformer from within means that she isn't part of the solution. She was part of the problem, just like all the other assistant chiefs.

A far better choice would have been a respected and experienced chief from one of the smaller cities in this county. Sadly, while there may be one or a few such folks, I cannot think of one.

That department needs new blood, and an outsider chief who is charged with reforming it would immediately run into entrenched resistance. We will soon know if she is capable of anything more than the "same old same old" ways of doing things, because if she attempts any real reform, the rank and file will screech like banshees. A reformer who would really attempt reform would not be held back by lame-duck status, and it might actually be an advantage.

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Don Bauder March 2, 2014 @ 4:23 p.m.

Visduh: Many people agree with your view that the SDPD is so mismanaged and corrupt that a new leader should have been brought in from the outside. But how much reforming could that new leader do? Would he or she begin by recognizing that police pensions are far too generous? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 2, 2014 @ 4:24 p.m.

Patty Elkus: Your view is opposite that of Visduh. That's what makes markets. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnERangel March 8, 2014 @ 8:12 a.m.

Two stories recently appeared on the same local news broadcast. One was the Shelly Zimmerman story. The other was of a border patrol agent named Michael Flanders. Agent Flanders had gone public with civil rights violations being committed by his fellow agents at the I-8 checkpoint against his fellow American citizens. By doing so this brave young man was removed from duty at that post (while those he accused of misconduct remain). He also no doubt ruined his career in homeland security. Visduh and Ponzi were right on with their assessment. Zimmerman should have remained interim chief until a larger search was conducted. I'd of started with a guy like Michael Flanders.

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