Ponzi: You may be right on that. Congress is a different keg of nails. Possibly Filner does not have the personality to administrate. He may make snap judgments. However, these are not reasons to bounce him. He can't be as bad as Sanders and Murphy. Best, Don Bauder
Whatever Bob Filner has done, this circus is disgraceful. The idiotic pretense of concern for the victims privacy should fool no one. This story will be known, and I tend to believe accusers in these matters, but those who admit to hiding important facts should spare us their opinions. Let any accusers come forward with facts, and let's respect those accusers. I can't respect those who demand resignation for a secret crime, and the public threat to share secret facts unless demands are met disgraces completely. If these facts concern a crime, they can't be lawfully withheld. And if they don't, what are we talking about?
Until Filner became mayor, I never understood how the Democrats in City Hall are just as horrible and craven as the Republicans. That's why they hate him so much, because Filner shows that they are Dinos, just like you said.
Ponzi, that is a good summation.
What I dread, but have already accepted, is that what Briggs has to say is true. While Filner has done good work upsetting the apple cart of the powers that be, he's simultaneously participated in the same old wheeling and dealing that has made San Diego infamous.
That's worthy of resignation, or worse...but the focus should extend to the city council, former mayors and others as well.
When I saw that skulking miscreants like Fred Maas (how I hate that he sullies our shared peaceable name) where attending Filner's fundraisers, I felt the bile rise in my throat. (Thanks for reporting that Matt Potter.)
I've recounted more than enough times my own personal encounters with Filner, and how revolting his behavior can be. I still support his agenda of challenging the oligarchs downtown, and he's done more than I expected.
Now his agressive, myopic, narcistic, and power-perverted behavior is going to sabotage all he's accomplished, and all we hoped for? I hope not.
But it sure would be typical of San Diego to endure just this fate, and see a subservient lackey of the oligarchs take over and doom the city to further failure.
Problem with Filner is that he gives a lie to the third way Democratic Party mode that's been so popular since Bill Clinton. Filner is actually interested in serving the City of San Diego and he fights to do it. I can't stand the Tea Party and their hangers on, but they are aggressive about whatever awful things they want.
I'd kill to see the Dems get so energetic about financial reform or health care. And Occupy doesn't count since they stayed so far above the fray they died from from lack of care and feeding (coordinated law enforcement efforts against the groups that hadn't broken any laws didn't help).
I'm reminded of what Abraham Lincoln once said about General Grant, "I can't spare this man, he fights."
San Diego has precious few leaders that actually fight for something worthwhile.
Filner so far has fought off the crooks, jumped on the train, and applied the brakes, the City is still tied to the railroad tracks certainly. He has stopped some expensive fiascos, and made some powerful enemies. The City's train wreck is gravy train to some.
You should have said so in your story. Have you checked it out?
I think factual accuracy is a Reader strong suit. This reporter knows this source, but accorded her anonymity for the purpose of getting the story. He also was told the date of the alleged incident, but he didn't share it with his readers, and whether he's had a chance to check its veracity is unknown. Obviously, that's important and probably will happen when City Hall opens for business tomorrow.
Otherwise, beachcam, I am with you: until a victim goes on record and files a complaint, it is all gossip and speculation -- and maybe keeping it there is where Filner's enemies see their greatest advantage.
Just ask Willie Blair if he was asked to leave. He should remember the alleged encounter since the "once a month" Meet the Mayor event has happened only a few times since Filner has taken office.
Stop defending the blogger for his mistakes, he doesn't need to vet/verify/confirm anything because there is no Consiquence anymore for posting false/speculative information on a blog site. This blogger got what he wanted, his "exclusive" is being mentioned/re-posted on/in main stream media. And the Reader gets more hits. So everyone gets what they want except its still spectulation and rumor. The Daily Mirror, NY Post and the other tabloids are in good company here in San Diego.
The women would never be mocked. There is nothing to fear.
The only person being scorned as a slut and shamed is the Mayor for inappropriate behavior.
If sexual harassment occurred or is occurring please call 911 and file a criminal complaint with the Police.
If lessor harm has come to women, please fill out a Civil complaint with the Office of the City Attorney.
Come on Dorian! You can't call this reporting. The anonymous Women must come out and deal with the consequences of their accusations. Don't get defensive about this. You are contributing to this "anonymous" lynching of the Mayor. Last time anyone tried to kiss me or touch me without consent they got a good slap. Give me a break, they better have more than this. We will see what happens later today.
Anybody want to tell the whitehouse what you think is happening here so he is informed and can weigh in?
Not looking forward to next few weeks in San Diego politics. Especially not looking forward to seeing and hearing Nathan Fletcher's self-important announcements. I hear he promotes himself as a "UCSD professor" now. Guess he doesn't understand what a professor "of Practice" really means. Would think the real profs would find him totally galling. Thanks for the heads up. A round the world cruise is sounding very appealing right now.
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It wouldn't surprise me if Young set up Hueso in the first place, nor does it surprise me that he left Hueso holding the bag. Or tried. Everybody on the City Council at the time, including your beloved Donna Frye, will have a lot to answer for. Todd Gloria, Tony Young, Marti Emerald, and Ben Hueso. Especially Gloria and Emerald, who were so eager to force the mayor to resign, yet didn't report or call for an investigation into an act being repeatedly committed by one of their colleagues, an act they knew was criminal.
I think there is a lot more serious fall-out to come from this story. Jerry Sanders, a former top law enforcement officer, knew about this, and knew it was a crime. Instead of acting upon the information, he chose to hold it in reserve as a secret weapon for political advantage. That to me is seriously dodgy conduct.
The same goes with Goldpelt. What did he know and when did he know it? Why did these two men choose to endorse DeMaio, if they knew about this? It looks verylike they were covering up a crime for political advantage.
The thing that was disturbing wasn't what he did, it was why and when he was doing it.
He might have claimed a medical condition, priapism or something, that would have looked bad but been innocent. Young men have their embarrassments. He might have said Ben Hueso was confused, imagining he saw something he did not. But Carl DeMaio decides to call Ben Hueso a liar. Never attack a reluctant witness.
Excellent piece. Many important points. Especially appreciated is the reminder of the "human-free" comment by Jacobs. Reminds me of when they wanted to privatize the Balboa Park gardeners. As if you could buy the dedication people had who worked in the Park. And the value of human beings to a City. I hope that "human-free" reference is used generously by opponents of Fletcher, as a reminder of "what" the City is dealing with working with Jacobs.
Is Bruce Coons a registered Republican? Democrat? Decline-to-state Independent?
(Please god, let him not be a registered Green Party person, so that he is not thus automatically discredited as being fringe-y.)
In any event, Coons represents a formidable viable mayoral candidate who has personal integrity, truly understands land use and would appeal widely to voters of all persuasions, with a special appeal for so many who know and enjoy Balboa Park.
Coons could be the antidote breath of fresh air to our hyper-sexualized professional politicians, which includes the superficially glamorous and macho Nathan Fletcher.
Dorian Hargrove 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21
Scott Marks 5 p.m., Oct. 21
Susan Luzzaro 4:30 p.m., Oct. 21
Matt Potter 2:31 p.m., Oct. 21
Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Oct. 21
Ken Leighton 1 p.m., Oct. 21
Don Bauder 10:30 a.m., Oct. 21
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