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Don Bauder April 25, 2013 @ 4:05 p.m.

tomjohnston: One example: SDGE, PG&E and SCE are trying to end net energy metering, which gives consumers fair credit for the solar power they deliver to the grid. That effort should be stopped. The California Solar Initiative is supposed to provide incentives for ratepayers to install solar, in conjunction with the big utilities. But the incentives are not good enough. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 30, 2013 @ 9:38 a.m.

jnojr: Maybe because I have been in the media business 50 years -- 53 years if you count PR and advertising -- it pains me to use a newspaper for such purposes. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 4, 2013 @ 6:31 a.m.

aardvark: Then the Austin paper would be the only media outlet in the nation calling Gov. Rick Perry an intellectual. Best, Don Bauder

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa May 6, 2013 @ 1:39 p.m.

I like going down there for the excitement of being in another country, another culture. As I'm not a drug dealer, user, or smuggler... and because I'm too poor to be a kidnapping target, I feel pretty safe. And I've never been pulled over in many trips.

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Don Bauder May 15, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.

aardvark: Admit one other thing: you looked at the young ladies in bikinis doing their thing. Do you suppose they are: 1. hired for the occasion? 2. social friends of Papa Doug? 3. Reporters from the Union-Tribune? If No. 3, I can see that I left that newpaper too soon. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 14, 2013 @ 7:14 p.m.

HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS WOULD HAVE PUT TO FAULCONER. Candidate Mike Aguirre made a brief appearance after a Faulconer/Sanders show this afternoon.

According to Aguirre, these are the questions the League of Women Voters intended to ask Faulconer in the debate that was abruptly canceled when Faulconer backed out: 1. What is the real financial status of the City at the present time...are we in the red or black? 2. What are your plans to stop deferring normal operating maintenance and cover such costs within the City's annual operating budget? What services should be cut back to stay within the budget?

  1. How do you think we can best address San Diego's large infrastructure deficit? 4. Do you support the City funding a homeless shelter year-around. How will you pay for it? 5. What an be done to address the City's affordable housing needs beyond the affordable housing fee which was just adopted? 6. If elected, will you agree to include all future city obligations, including contributions for health and pension obligations, their actual funding or underfunding status, and the actuarial assumptions in one budget document that may be understood by voters?

Understood by voters? No wonder Faulconer chickened out. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 15, 2013 @ 6:49 a.m.

aardvark: There is controversy on how much Petco costs the taxpayers each year. There is no controversy about this: it's a lot. Best, Don Bauder

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Fred Williams May 31, 2013 @ 10:16 p.m.

It is specifically prohibited for redevelopment money to be spent on beautifying existing government buildings. State law is clear on this.

It's also prohibited to transfer tax increment funding to outside the boundaries of a redevelopment area.

The County wants to spruce up the Administration Building on the waterfront.

The City wants to re-shape the C Street Trolley Corridor.

So they hatched a plan:

  1. Transfer over $30 million of Grantville's redevelopment funding to the C Street Trolley, with the flimsy excuse that the Trolley connection (45 minutes away) to Grantville creates a "nexus" by which the two redevelopment projects are connected.
  2. Transfer an equal amount to the County as part of a "settlement" so they wouldn't object to this blatant mis-allocation of public funds. The County is free to use this money to renovate their Administration Building.

The individual steps of this arcane scheme (much more complex than I'm describing) were kept quiet, and only Grantville Veterinarian Brian Peterson stood up to object. Well educated, well informed, taking countless hours from his personal and professional life, Brian attended all the meetings he could, objecting, even paying for lawyers to help him fight this clear injustice.

And the courts found that, while the overall effect is clearly illegal, because each baby step in the process was either technically allowed or, found no objection at the time -- hocus pocus, it's all somehow legal. By myopically focusing only on the details, and willfully refusing to acknowledge the big picture, and public policy implications, the judges have disgraced themselves and the legal profession.

Should the Grantville Action Group continue the fight? Take this to a higher level?

Or will Mayor Filner and the City perhaps reconsider this folly with the trolley, and restore justice and common sense to redevelopment.

Filner has made it clear he stands for the neighborhoods. Here's a good test case. Grantville's money should be spent in Grantville, not downtown.

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speedman June 1, 2013 @ 1:14 p.m.

What I hear and assume is that what REALLY matters is the bottom line...PROFITS FOR THE SHAREHOLDERS...who cares what the customer's want...They think by having a person greeting you IS, customer service. Twice, in the last week I went to that store and the one off the 78 and College. At the Encinitas store, I asked if they carried a partilcular item and was told my two associates, "we don't have that", when in fact they did. I had to spend 35 minutes finding it myself. At the Oceanside store, I went to the plumbing dept. and asked an associate if he carried this item...he said, "yeah, I think we do, if we have it it'll probably be either the next aisle or we don't have it" Why didn't he walk with me to help me find it? In both cases, their customer service, except greeting me at the main entrance, was horrible. The guy they made leave (Dog House Diner) should be hired by HD to teach customer service classes to the associates...They gave AMAZING customer service. The Encinitas store put up a big sign after DH left that says "we appreciate your business" It should say, "we appreciate making money for our shareholders" Wake up Home Depot swollow you pride and greed and ...bring back the Dog House Diner That will make a lot of your customers and many of your associates very happy

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Don Bauder June 3, 2013 @ 12:15 p.m.

aardvark: Dylan Thomas wrote a poem about you: "Some few small ants, not wanted in the kitchen nor anywhere else for that matter, sat on the very edges of their chairs, afraid to break, like faded cups and saucers, just waiting for aardvark to lick the saucers." Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Nov. 6, 2013 @ 7:21 p.m.

Don, a great piece that sums up the current newspaper situation in a few thousand words. I've not seen anything in the financial press that brings the industry into focus better, or more concisely. And as an individual investor, I'm not the slightest bit interested in buying the stocks. (Yes, there may be opportunities for short-term profits in some of them, but I don't look for that kind of deals.)

I fully agree with Bob Hudson's remarks above, except that I would not equate the Reader with a liberal community. I'm sure not a liberal, and Don Bauder and I agree far more often than we disagree. "Truth seekers" would be a more apt description.

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Don Bauder June 3, 2013 @ 10:28 p.m.

tomjohnston: Midnight Cowboy does ring a bell. Admittedly, I have gone through life without watching sitcoms or going to many movies. Nor did I watch Seinfeld, but I do know who he is. (It seems to me I did watch part of one show and couldn't figure out what was funny.) At least, I admit I am not up on popular culture. I remember one time at the U-T. Somebody had written a book with a title something like "Invest Like Warren Buffett, Live Like Jimmy Buffett." I went out into the financial department and asked if anyone had ever heard of Jimmy Buffett. They howled. Best, Don Bauder

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Brian_T_Peterson_DVM June 19, 2013 @ 8:30 a.m.

“Centre City ‘was often criticized for keeping all of the downtown tax-increment money downtown, yet the critics choose to ignore that it was illegal to do otherwise,’ bristles Graham.’’ But wait. The Fourth District Court of Appeals just ruled that it is legal to take money out of Grantville redevelopment and send that to downtown. Over $31 million! This suggests if CCDC or The Downtown Cheerleaders had the will, they could have transferred downtown tax increment to other communities. They wanted to keep all the Centre City money downtown, plus suck it in from other communities. Besides, Katheryn Rhodes is correct. California redevelopment law allows TI for affordable housing to be spent anywhere in the region, not just within the project area.

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Don Bauder July 2, 2013 @ 9:25 p.m.

aardvark: Austin is a good city -- the best in Texas, say informed sources. I don't know that mimicking San Diego will help it. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 7, 2013 @ 6:52 a.m.

aardvark: This reminds me of the joke that went around San Diego many years ago, probably in the early 1990s. Statement: "There is someone who can overthrow Saddam Hussein." Audience: "Who?" Answer: "Billy Joe Tolliver." Best, Don Bauder

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Brian_T_Peterson_DVM July 12, 2013 @ 6:32 a.m.

Fred, Thanks for your comments here, and elsewhere, helping to keep eyes on the ball: The issue is not sexual harassment. It is the ongoing corruption and abuse of power at City Hall. Sexual harassment just happens to be one thing that everyone, including “The Conservatives,” can appreciate as wrong. One of the reasons the City Council approved the Sunroad deal is that The Conservatives thought that the $100,000 payoff was “a good business deal.”

Don, Regardless of the dollar amount involved, you must agree that cutting special deals to fund a project in one community, so a development can happen in another community, is bad government. This is just like the Grantville money transfers, using $46 million of Grantville’s property tax to fund projects elsewhere, just so redevelopment can happen in Grantville. Sure, the dollar amounts of Sanders’ backroom deals probably far outweigh anything Filner would consider. But, Filner’s smaller deals are still a betrayal to those who voted for him. This is the mentality of corruption that permeates City Hall. In addition to sexual harassment training, let’s give the Mayor and his staff corruption training. The government should not be in bed with big business.

Brian

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