SurfPup: The 1% that elected Goldsmith, and to whom he genuflects, have different standards than the rest of us. Best, Don Bauder
aardvark: Witt or no Witt, David Dodd's question does raise another titillating question: If a battered wife writes in chalk outside her home, "My husband has not stopped beating me," will she go to jail and the husband go free? It could happen. Best, Don Bauder
SurfPup: You are exactly right. The current charges against the mayor, as of July 15, involve nothing that is DOCUMENTED. Best, Don Bauder
I disagree with you- Filner beat Demaio fair and square and until legit and verifiable claims of misconduct are raised I will give him the benefit of the doubt-and if you have spent ANY time around this web site you KNOW I am not a fan of the public employee establishment, which Filner certainly is.... he has been in office only a few months, give it more time
And I agree with you. Was being fecetious (heavy sarcasm is my trade!!) I would cast my vote for Bob Filner three times over before givng a vote for any of the usual clowns/turds that surface (talkin to you now Sanders!!). SD gub-ment is long long overdo for ANY type of shake up. So he sometimes presses the wrong buttons. So he likes the ladies. Define sexual harassment, Donna Frizzle!!
Bob yells, I like that.
Is this why Todd Gloria has turned so hard to the right since the election? Did he know that people of both parties were trying to get him in this back door to being Mayor? And you are correct, his first moves will be to hand off Balboa Park to Jacobs' developer friends. They can't stand the idea that Filner got to work so quickly to screw them out of their entitlements. They worked so hard at it too: sitting through boring museum board meetings that they were planted in and everything.
Thanks for the eye opening info. I was watching the press conference this morning and I'm still in shock. From the minute Mayor Filner took off the gloves its been one attempt after another. Now it all makes sense. I wonder if thats why his ex jumped ship as well. I sure hope they don't get their way and the truth comes out that it was in fact a set up. So here we go with the smoke and mirrors while nothing is accomplished, and of course they'll try to sneak something by the voters while we're distracted by the circus. Man this is depressing. Just when some headway was being made.
I predict that Mayor Filner will surf this harassment issue to the highest approval ratings of any recent Mayor (because he has been honest with voters, from the beginning, about his actions), while at the same time insuring that everyone in San Diego, not just the Wealthy are given a voice at City Hall.
My advice is BEWARE THE MAYOR WANNA-BE's,
San Diego cannot afford any more influence peddlers or their $TADIUM deals, that leave voters holding nothing but a bag of debt that we cannot afford.
I don't know if he is being set up but I certainly do know that he is being denied his due process. Without the specific allegations and the accusers how can anyone know what is the truth. Who are these folks to set themselves up as judge, jury and excutioners. If they ahve irrefutable evidence show it to us and let the courts decide. To ask him to resign will bring disaster upon San Diego.
Somebody needs to get a leash for Donna Frye quickly . I thought the dog was going to start foaming at the mouth at the press conference yesterday . Look like she is trying to get ready for a run at Mayor again. WHAT A LOSER SHE IS............................
She said that two years ago she reported hearing stories of Filner mistreating women to the head of San Diego County's Democrats. Well, if the claims were baseless and none of those claims were ever put on record then Filner has a good defamation case against her
There is NO defamation case as Filner is a public figure and MALICE would have to be proven up, won't happen. .............see NY Times V Sullivan and Gertz v Welch.....
i think he could prove malice. Think of it like a tabloid and a celebrity. They have to show reckless disregard for the truth and Saldana def showed reckless disregard by coming forward to proclaim gossip and present it as truth. You can not do that even w/ a public figure.
And w/ Cory Briggs and Marco, its a slam dunk. there is obviously malice and motive and that would emerge in a civil trial which would be excellent for us.
Also posted today on this blog:
San Diego's future will be for told by what happens in North Park at the Jack in the Box construction site where instead of remodeling the existing building as directed by the Planning commission, Jack's builders scraped it and installed a new foundation, thumbing their nose at the City.
Now Mayor Filner and a host of other local activists have cried foul.
If Jack gets away with this developmental fast one, then San Diego is doomed to whatever Big Money interests want, because it now seems that they can do what ever they want while the City just looks the other way!
In $an Diego rules are for the little people to obey because they don't seem to apply to the Wealthy who are free to enjoy themselves doing what they wish with little to no interference from anyone in City Hall!
Even if they get enough grease, it would make an impact if the neighborhood simply boycotted the restaurant. In their eargerness to turn a profit, they thought they'd get one past the people and now they thumb their collective clown noses at North Park by attempting to convince city hall. Shame on you Jack! Take the loss, build the neighborhood what it wants and get some good press outta this. Seems the logical thing to do captain!
It is always about the public's money. In this case the $1 Billion in Successor Agency assets of the former CCDC Redevelopment Agency (RDA) under operational control of Civic San Diego and Council President Todd Gloria.
Will Civic San Diego help truly needy?
Since the end Redevelopment, our $293 million (2010) in unspent and hidden Affordable Housing assets should have been transferred into the City General Fund Reserve, and then into the San Diego Affordable Housing Trust Fund (HTF) under control of the San Diego Housing Commission.
Linked above is our solution to the problem which requires our Strong Mayor Filner to bypass the City Attorney and City Council through a Mayoral Executive Order to move all $292.9 million is Successor Housing Entity assets into our San Diego Affordable Housing Fund and/or the Housing Trust Fund (HTF). This will move operational control of our housing assets to the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) from Civic San Diego's self-serving administration. Then Mayor Filner will need State approval from Sacramento, instead of hoping Goldsmith's several legally flawed RDA lawsuits filed in our capitol will prevail.
Currently the remaining $700 million (2010) in non-housing assets are still being frozen by the Department of Finance (DOF). By law the non-housing former RDA assets should be deposited into the City's General Fund Reserves.
But starting on January 1, 2014, Civic San Diego and Council President Todd Gloria will have unlimited access to these public funds by keeping the money separated.
Why has this episode thrown such a vast number of people into the inquisitor's judgement seat? There is a ferocious, rabid aspect to all of this, as if extreme intolerance and merciless condemnation have set forth across the land like one of our recent backcountry firestorms. What foul wind is driving these flames? Is this but a lesson in human nature, that is, that baser instincts are quickly sparked with the mention of base behavior in another? Or are there hidden, malicious manipulations at work , playing upon our sympathies for reported victims we cannot see and fanning our disgust into monstrous proportions--ravaging our civility in equal measure to the monster we believe we've found?
The Mayor has the right to confront and cross-examine the witnesses against him.
The fact that attorneys have taken a case does not prove the allegations.
These "smart lawyers" want fees from the City and the Mayor. Both have collected fees from the taxpayers before. The fireworks suit cost $750, 000 in attorneys fees from the taxpayers.
These lawyers are environmental attorneys, not lawyers who hold the record for the greatest number of plaintiff's verdicts, nor size of verdicts.
Filner kissed an adult woman in an automobile. He is abrasive at times.
The smart attorneys wanted to try the Mayor in the press. I suspect that none of the cases have much value unless the Mayor resigns. Plus, there is a good chance that they have other agendas, political and professional. Otherwise, they would have advised their clients to contact police or h6man resources.
Bob Hudson: Saldana is talking about the possibility of either civil or criminal conviction and says she does not see adequate evidence. I think that is pretty straightforward. Best, Don Bauder
Twister: I appreciate your comments. Here's one: there was a meeting in Washington DC featuring all the world's experts on various topics in various disciplines. A guy says he is THE expert on goldfish. Says another: "You're just the one I want to see. How do you tell a male goldfish from a female goldfish." Replies the goldfish expert, "Well, that's difficult for you laymen. But as an expert, I can say that the male goldfish dives down to the bottom and eats male worms, and the female goldfish eats only female worms."
"OK," says the other guy, "How do you tell a male worm from a female worm."
Shouts the goldfish expert, "Hey! I said I was an expert on goldfish! I never said I was an expert on worms!" Best, Don Bauder
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