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A luxurious glass house in Pacific Beach has gone on the market for $5.995 million. "Press a button and part of the roof — 30 feet above the floor at the house's entryway — retracts to expose the sky," gushes the U-T in a June 3 story.

But the U-T doesn't mention that the 3709 Ocean Front Walk property is a project of Ocean Pacific Companies, run by Ken Cornell and his wife Beth Molasky-Cornell. The couple has homes in San Diego and Las Vegas. She is the daughter of Irwin Molasky, one of the developers of La Costa with the notorious late hoodlum Moe Dalitz and Merv Adelson and Allard Roen.

As Matt Potter revealed in detail, Molasky's company won a $223 million construction contract for the FBI. Irwin Molasky's Las Vegas operation is a prominent partner in Ocean Pacific Companies.

Molasky has been a generous donor to Carl DeMaio, the former mayoral candidate now running for Congress. As Potter revealed in his 2011 cover story, Ken Cornell pleaded guilty to fraud charges resulting from a telemarketing boiler-room swindle in 1994.

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shirleyberan June 4, 2014 @ 4:31 p.m.

The Las Vegas Mafia is Coming! The Las Vegas Mafia is Coming! Lock up your daughters!

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Don Bauder June 4, 2014 @ 9:04 p.m.

shirleyberan: Where have you been? Money from mobsters built La Costa. Irvin J. Kahn built Penasquitos with mob money from the Teamsters as well as from the Cosmos Bank, a mobbed-up Swiss bank closed in the 1970s. The Cosmos Bank loaned money to U.S. Financial, a San Diego scam whose top executives wound up in prison. Teamsters mob money was all over San Diego at one time. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 5, 2014 @ 8:15 a.m.

Duhbya: Glick should have been mentioned. And how about the pro sports team owners with mob ties? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 6, 2014 @ 7:25 a.m.

Duhbya: I expected that. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan June 4, 2014 @ 10:02 p.m.

Guys who build glass houses in P.B. shouldn't throw stones, now they're about a stone's throw away from my neighborhood.

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Don Bauder June 5, 2014 @ 8:21 a.m.

shirleyberan: Long ago, there was a humble king of a Far Eastern tribe. He lived in a thatched hut and wouldn't let the tribe members bestow any riches on him. But they insisted and gave him a throne. Because he was so humble, he put it in his attic. It fell through and killed him. Moral: those in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 5, 2014 @ 4:22 p.m.

Duhbya: I refuse to believe you never heard it. I assumed you made it up. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya June 5, 2014 @ 7:49 p.m.

"Honey, we've lost Bauder. I'm not sure, but he said something to the effect of 'people who live with crass spouses shouldn't show groans'". That's all I've got, Don, as weak as it is. I seriously never heard or saw the one you referenced.

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Don Bauder June 6, 2014 @ 7:27 a.m.

Duhbya: I'll take your word for that, but I don't know why. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya June 6, 2014 @ 9:13 a.m.

Ha! Have I ever lied to you before? That you know of, right? Fair enough, then.

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Don Bauder June 6, 2014 @ 9:14 p.m.

Duhbya: Punsters have to tell lies. It goes with the territory. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel June 5, 2014 @ 1:18 p.m.

Are you suggesting that a prospective buyer should perhaps avoid purchasing this house simply because of alleged "mob-associated ties"?

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Don Bauder June 5, 2014 @ 4:24 p.m.

danfogel: What I am saying is that the developer of that house, and his/her associations, should be revealed. Matt Potter has done a great job exposing the senior Molasky and his activities -- and how the FBI gave him a fat contract, despite his associations and his past. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan June 5, 2014 @ 3:36 p.m.

Not a big deal if you don't mind wondering if there's a body or two buried in the cement foundation. Don't know what it's really worth, apparently waterfront.

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Don Bauder June 5, 2014 @ 4:26 p.m.

shirleyberan: Nobody to my knowledge has suggested that anyone is encased in that cement. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard June 5, 2014 @ 3:53 p.m.

It's on the Boardwalk in North Mission Beach. Asking and getting are different.

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Don Bauder June 5, 2014 @ 4:27 p.m.

Psycholizard: Yes, asking and getting are different. It's the story of my life. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell June 6, 2014 @ 8:05 a.m.

It's unfortunate that a guy in your situation has to pay for it.

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Don Bauder June 6, 2014 @ 9:16 p.m.

Burwell: Pay for what? Glass houses? Grass houses? Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell June 7, 2014 @ 5:16 p.m.

I meant "paying for it" in the sense that Tony McCune paid for it.

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Don Bauder June 8, 2014 @ 10:18 a.m.

Burwell: I feared that's what you meant. Not as a married man. But then there was college. Ever heard of Kankakee, Illinois? Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan June 6, 2014 @ 11:37 a.m.

People who work naked shouldn't live in glass houses.

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Don Bauder June 6, 2014 @ 9:17 p.m.

shirleyberan: Hookers often work naked, I am told. And some operate out of hotels made of glass. Best, Don Bauder

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Psycholizard June 6, 2014 @ 11:46 a.m.

This is on a 25'x100'+ lot. If this sells at that price, I would suspect money laundering. At that price, most ladies plan to tear down and rebuild, and South Mission is the pricier side of the Roller Coaster.

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Don Bauder June 6, 2014 @ 9:18 p.m.

Psycholizard: Six million bucks is a lot to pay for a tear-down. And how would you haul away all that shattered glass? Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan June 6, 2014 @ 12:57 p.m.

Those who live in mafia houses shouldn't store bones.

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Don Bauder June 6, 2014 @ 9:21 p.m.

shirleyberan: It's much more efficient to put the enemy in cement boots, and let Davy Jones store the bones. Best, Don Bauder

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