Burwell Nov. 12, 2013 @ 9:24 p.m.

I think it's obvious at this point that Faulconer cannot win. David Alvarez is going to get out of the race and shift his support to Fletcher and put him over the top. In exchange, Fletcher will have to agree to appoint a lot of Hispanics to important positions and support living wage and rent control. Faulconer is too dumb to be Mayor. His college grades were atrocious even though he took light weight classes. He has a history of incompletes, unauthorized withdrawals, and no credits which are really failing grades. This shows he has no discipline and could not complete his courses. He may have drank his way through college. With his academic record he could never be admitted to the USD law school or a decent graduate school. I don't see how he ever got a job in public relations with his grades.



Diogenes Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:12 a.m.


Russian mail order bride lives in condo complex. Newly wed husband comes home and asks whether she learned any new English words.

"Yes," she replied, "half!"

Papa has a pre-nuptial agreement, no doubt.

He and Filner both wanted much younger brides....

When you fast-forward these December-May unions you have an Anna-Nicole Smith situation. Huge Hefner believes his brides enjoy changing diapers.


Some facts about 18th accuser, Dianne York

Eviction of her business that went into bankruptcy. Personal bankruptcy attempt

CNN and the Union-Tribune reported today (Aug. 21) that an 18th female, Dianne York, has accused Mayor Filner of harassment-related ...

aardvark Aug. 22, 2013 @ 9:15 a.m.

LOL--I am POSITIVE this will never be seen in the U-T, but I would bet some of the rank-and-file that still work there are rolling on the floor in laughter at this.


swell Oct. 6, 2016 @ 7:05 a.m.

Every civilization has had two constants: religion and drugs. Legislate all you want, you aren't going to change that. China is trying to wipe out a religious movement, as the USSR tried a while back- it doesn't work. No country has ever prevented drug use either, although some Arab countries come close. (Maybe the Philippines will succeed?)

Pot is a good alternative to alcohol. Some people get violent with alcohol, as domestic abuse sufferers know. Few become violent under marijuana. That alone speaks well for legalizing it and encouraging a switch.


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


AlexClarke Sept. 21, 2014 @ 8:58 a.m.

LOL! The U-T as a non-profit rag. It has been non-profit for years. It is nothing more than a right wing political rag with no purpose but to promote the same policies that has resulted in the elimination of the middle class.


Visduh March 12, 2014 @ 4:14 p.m.

This is another example of how profitable and cash-rich some companies are. The guy bleeds two and a half million bucks out of the operation, and it still has its doors open? How that can happen is a total mystery to me, because these embezzlers usually aren't that clever, but they do spot a chink in the armor and exploit it. Maybe the owners and/or top management just never bothered to look at the finances, after all, it is boring stuff, nothing but numbers on paper. But if they want to get rich and successful, it takes money and money requires knowing what makes the business tick. Sheesh!

He's going to pay the money back? How? Most of it is dissipated, not invested and growing, because that's what high-living embezzlers do, they spend it. I did a 'net search on this company and found that neither of its websites was up. Too embarrassing?


Psycholizard March 19, 2014 @ 11:13 a.m.


I'm as shocked as anyone about this, but my amazement is tempered because there was little chance he could get a judge to agree, and because it's very difficult, perhaps impossible, to completely erase a cyber trail, even if you can pull a judge out of your pocket.


Don Bauder March 19, 2014 @ 11:25 a.m.



Don Bauder March 28, 2014 @ 9:16 p.m.

SAN DIEGO'S PRIORITIES ON DISPLAY: CITY STARTS DISCUSSIONS WITH CHARGERS AS OPERA ANNOUNCES IT IS CLOSING As the San Diego Opera is attempting to close, the City chose today (March 28) to open discussions with the Chargers on a new stadium.

According to ESPN, Mayor Kevin Faulconer proclaimed, "My main priority is going to be ensuring that any proposal that moves forward protects us as taxpayers here in San Diego."

This is a baldfaced lie -- one that precedes any deal for a stadium in any city. Leaders in government proclaim that taxpayers will be protected, but studies show that taxpayers pick up 70% to 80% of the tab.

Faulconer is announcing his alliance with the Chargers at the same time it has come out that San Diego Opera repeatedly tried to get relief of $750,000 annual rent at the Civic Center, but was always turned down. Best, Don Bauder


dwbat April 14, 2014 @ 1:40 p.m.

Ian's ex-wife was in charge of marketing, and was highly paid. She failed miserably at her job, and Ian should NEVER have hired her in the first place. Ask Ian to look up the word "nepotism" and then report back. His unethical decision should have been overruled by the wishy-washy Board. For this and other self-serving behavior, he should be fired immediately and not rewarded with a payoff as he packs his bags for departure.


Don Bauder April 29, 2014 @ 4:17 p.m.

JustWondering and dwbat: In late April, the Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines that should make thousands of drug offenders eligible for sentence reductions, according to Reuters and the Department of Justice. Inmates who were sentenced under laws that have since been changed, and have served at least 10 years of their sentences and are non-violent, may receive clemency from the president.

For example, a 2010 law lowered the terms for crack cocaine possession. Those sentenced under the old law would be eligible for clemency if they meet the other guidelines, such as no record of violence.

I do not know if these changes affected the sentencing of Minkow, who blames drug addiction for his problems. Frankly, I doubt it. The charges were all fraud-related, although it's possible the judge took addiction into account. Minkow is a very special kind of conman who, as I have said, should be a good study for psychiatrists.

These drug clemency initiatives are long overdue. Our prisons are packed because of excessively harsh drug sentences. The private companies that manage prisons push for the harsh sentences to boost their top and bottom lines. Best, Don Bauder


dwbat Oct. 7, 2014 @ 11:29 a.m.

I was finally informed today by Todd Gloria's office that Code Enforcement "issued a $1,000 dollar fine and have noticed the property owners to procure permits at their earliest opportunity. It appears the work being done did require permits, so per the City’s process, they will be required to get approval from the Cty before doing additional work."


JustWondering Nov. 10, 2014 @ 8:30 a.m.

All of those behaviors are a reflection of, first, the times we live in where crooks have more firepower than the cops. And, secondly, top down leadership or should I say the lack of it.


Visduh Dec. 23, 2014 @ 9:43 a.m.

We've all noticed that gasoline prices close to the freeways are uniformly higher than a few blocks away. That is due to the convenience factor you mention. There's another factor at work with some stations, and that's the expense account driver who has a rental car, or his/hr own car, but puts fuel on the employer's card. They seldom care a bit about the price. Oh, and one other factor is that the few Shell stations I see normally are higher than the other guys, often higher than even Chevron.


Don Bauder Jan. 19, 2015 @ 12:38 p.m.

Ponzi: This is classic. Look how the word "expansion" is spelled. No wonder more than twice as many respondents want money spent on a Chargers stadium than on education. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Jan. 28, 2015 @ 2:36 p.m.

Gary Hjelm: Salt Lake City is "just north" of San Diego? That is true of Escondido and Encinitas, perhaps. So if the Romneys move "just north" of San Diego, they might be in Escondido, but I am not sure they would want to hobnob with the hoi polloi. Orange County is "just north" of San Diego County. The Romneys would feel more at home there. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Oct. 14, 2016 @ 7:54 p.m.

The abuses by Wells that we've heard about actually earned the bank nothing, and cost it plenty. They represent a current approach to business that pressures the front-line people to accomplish super-human goals.

As I look at the accounts of the things that were done, all seem so obviously stupid and counterproductive that is hard to imagine how they started, let alone how they persisted. Did the guy at the top know? Maybe not. After setting the stage for these things, he might have just let field managers figure out how to make it happen. And they did, but not in any way that benefited anyone, except to keep the pressure off for a few more days, weeks, months or years.

As to your anecdotal evidence, there are always cases of deaf management. For a long time we have avoided the big banks, dealing with a local credit union, and getting credit cards through offers, or other affiliations.

For anyone seeking a local "bank", I'd strongly suggest finding a credit union. Steer clear of any of the big banks, and be skeptical of the smaller banks.


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