Only a fool would want the brain damage it would take to run and fix the mess.....don't blame you.
Wow! "Confessions". The unions confess their sins of avarice, greed and gluttony, and all will be better. (SurfPup, ya' gotta check your typing before you "Post Reply.") I'm rolling on the floor. Whooee.
aardvark: Those who make confessions soon make concessions. Best, Don Bauder
aardvark: You are quite correct: that is exactly what subsidized stadia for billionaire owners are: holes in the ground that governments throw money into." Remember, Mark Twain defined a gold mine as a hole in the ground with a liar on the top. That also describes San Diego plans for a Chargers stadium and convention center expansion. Best, Don Bauder
Fred: A sagacious statement, as always. The only place I would argue with you would be where you say that building the addition would prove that the city spends money so unwisely that it cannot be trusted with public funds. That was proven long before this expansion was proposed. Best, Don Bauder
Todd Gloria, as usual, avoids the actual issue of the legality of the TMD mechanism. The twisted construct used to bring the TMD about involved a voting process and a timeframe that violate two different State laws. Gloria knows this.
His statement that "the City Council approved the renewal of the TMD by a vote of 7-1" is a useless fact. They've voted to approve all sorts of illegal things. Gloria, in particular, is the worst, most disingenuous sycophant on the Council. Emerald runs a close second, but she's a bit dumber.
First, THANK YOU, Don Bauder for this post, and for all the other great investigative journalism work you have done over the years. As someone who worked at the CPUC for 20 years, leaving as the catastrophic Electricity "Restructuring" (Deregulation) Policy was rammed through by then-Governor Pete Wilson's appointed majority on the Commission ... this is the latest in a long, sordid tale of collusion between the regulator and regulatee(s). That disastrous policy was affirmed unanimously by the CA Legislature in an 11th-hour vote; Peevey was originally appointed by the hapless Gray Davis and reappointed by his successor-in-recall $chwarzenegger, and has been shielded in part since by his Assemblymember-now-State-Senator wife, Carol Liu, who up until last year chaired the Senate Appropriations committee responsible for the CPUC's budget. MORE conflict-of-interest.
Gov. Brown CAN strip Peevey of the Presidency of the Commission on his own, and appoint another of the 4 CPUCommissioners. As you have pointed out here, it should NOT be Carla Peterman given her failure to stick to her instincts about the conflict of interest inherent in voting on Pio Pico as a CPU Commissioner when she authored a favorable report on the same project as a CA Energy Commissioner.
Public Utilities Code Sec. 305: "The Governor shall designate a president of the commission from among the members of the commission. The president shall direct the executive director, the attorney, and other staff of the commission, except for the staff of the division described in Section 309.5 [NOTE: Division of Ratepayer Advocates], in the performance of their duties, in accordance with commission policies and guidelines. The president shall preside at all meetings and sessions of the commission."
Of great import to this topic -- this past Monday, State Senator Jerry Hill of San Bruno unveiled Senate Bill 611, reform legislation prompted by the CPUC's decision last October to abruptly suspend public hearings that were to determine how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will be fined for the fatal San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.
"The CPUC’s decision to close the curtain on the hearings after two weeks of testimony – and bring in former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to mediate – was roundly criticized by Hill and Ruane as an affront to transparency and the residents of San Bruno, and Mitchell ultimately stepped aside.
"Hill’s bill would erect an ethical wall, separating the CPUC prosecutorial and judicial functions --just as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the CPUC’s federal counterpart, separates these powers. This provision was crafted in response to CPUC President Michael Peevey’s decision to direct the commission’s staff, through the commission’s general counsel, to force the parties in the San Bruno proceedings to settle in private with PG&E.
laplayaheritage: The ballot language should tell the truth: a combined stadium/convention center would be a complete waste of taxpayer money. There is a surfeit of convention center space in the U.S.; centers including San Diego's are slicing prices. There is no need for an expansion. Similarly, a subsidized stadium for the Chargers is a public ripoff. If the Chargers want a stadium, they are free to pay for it. Best, Don Bauder
aardvark: Trouble is, teams begging for taxpayer money put up a plan -- but it isn't an honest plan. Exhibit one: the ballpark that is now Petco. Best, Don Bauder
Start calling these meeting a conclave, and emphasis on the con part.
Hey Don isn't that your age too? Two humble and simple men still working hard and giving back. But now the other guy gets those fancy red pope slippers but has to pray for 1.2 billion souls. You, on the other hand, get to prey on those who would do us harm. Journalistically speaking.
I hope both of you find success for many many more years.
JustWondering: But I don't have to take a vow of chastity. Best, Don Bauder
HERE'S A LIMERICK TELLING THE CHARGERS SCAM TALE. THE AUTHOR'S FIRST NAME IS DAN.
"You have to feel sad for the rich/
They've got them a terrible itch./
To have bigger mansions/
Gold towering expansions/
If you fall for their stadium pitch./
Best, Don Bauder
football has its season, but b.s. is all year around.
aardvark: Man! You are hot, aardvark! Probing question, indeed. Get thee to a nunnery! And watch your step. Best, Don Bauder
HonestGovernment: I thought you were going to say I should change my motto to "All the news that's s**t to print." Best, Don Bauder
Visduh: Well, you have to admit that the U-T had a financial news staff that tried valiantly to fight the pro-business-no-matter-how-corrupt mentality of top management. We fought, and paid personal prices for fighting, but at least business coverage was much more honest than coverage of the plutocracy in the rest of the paper -- say, on the political and editorial page sides. Best, Don Bauder
I hear they'll be playing "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys!
It's also disturbing that Goldsmith denied a claim from the condo owners that, had Goldsmith acted competently and timely, apparently would have been paid by the insurance company and not the city. Someone should file a complaint against Goldsmith and his lieutenants with the California Bar Association. Goldsmith and his lieutenants should lose their law licenses over this. Aguirre never would have screwed up like this. Goldsmith is not on top of things. He's not doing his job.
SportsFan0000: Excellent summation. It frustrates me that San Diegans, asked how big a subsidy Moores received, will say "$300 million." They are forgetting, or do not know, that Moores picked up $700 million to $1 billion from the city giving him land for early 1990s prices. Best, Don Bauder
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