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Pat Flannery's blog, www.blogofsandiego.com, tells in its Friday edition how he was booted out of the press conference in which District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, flanked by Sheriff Bill Kolender, told how long-time Poway politician Jan Goldsmith would make a wonderful city attorney, and the current incumbent, Mike Aguirre, is divisive, among other things. (Aguirre has been pursuing financial finagling by both business and labor, and hence is a target of establishment lackeys such as Dumanis, Kolender, and the Union-Tribune.) The blog shows how Flannery was ejected. As he was shooting the event with a camera, "I felt myself being manhandled from behind," he says. Pretty soon he was out the door, and -- click -- the door was locked. "Sanders and Dumanis are turning this City into a police state," says Flannery.

HERE IS HIS VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT AND COMMENTS:

Here is the video clip from when I started getting pushed around to when the door was closed - with me outside

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Comments

Anonymous Feb. 16, 2008 @ 1:43 p.m.

Everybody together now, video cameras at the ready. Time to tape every moment of these (soon to be) miserable people's lives.

If you don't have a video camera handy, use your camera phone. Quality doesn't matter so much as catching these people in the act, regularly, routinely, every day, every moment.

They work for us.

They are our employees.

We have a right, actually a responsibility, to monitor their job performance. This is clear since it's our duty to hire and fire them through the election process.

I look forward to many enjoyable evenings with youtube, watching the zany antics of our elected "leaders".

Bonnie...

This is to you personally.

I knew you.

I respected you.

I worked with you and supported you when you were first starting out, just as you worked with and supported me.

What happened to you? What would your mom say now?

(yet another sdblogger)

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Don Bauder Feb. 16, 2008 @ 10:28 p.m.

Response to post #5: I disagree with that observation. Her ill behavior has nothing to do with her sexual orientation. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 16, 2008 @ 3:16 p.m.

Response to post #1: Excellent points. These pols are supposed to be our servants. However, like Dumanis, Kolender and Sanders, they get most of their money from the real estate and tourism industries. So they really represent those industries and not the people. This obeisance to the establishment is naked in all of their cases, but the public never seems to catch on. Best, Don Bauder

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2008 @ 3:27 p.m.

Where was our esteemed Police Chief hiding - the "law enforcement" Republican rat pack isn't falling apart is it?

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Don Bauder Feb. 16, 2008 @ 5:01 p.m.

Response to post #4: The police chief wasn't in the picture, but he might have been there. San Diegans should never forget that when the city attorney's office got court approval for a search warrant on Sunroad, the police ran to the mayor -- who had been financially supported by Sunroad -- and refused to serve the search warrant. Then the story was given to the U-T, which lauded a disgraceful performance that should have landed the police chief in prison. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 17, 2008 @ 3:59 a.m.

Response to post #6:

Actually it is Dumanis's corruption and the corruption of far too many San Diego judges that is the root cause of Aguirre's, Frye's and San Diego's problems.

Great column Don, it's time to purge legal and judicial corruption that is destroying the San Diego system of justice.

Corrupt lawyers like Dumanis are among the biggest threats to public safety in San Diego. They prevent our fire and policemen/women in Harm's Way from doing their jobs placing everyone at increasingly unacceptable risk to our lives, health and property.

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Don Bauder Feb. 17, 2008 @ 5:58 a.m.

Response to post #7: You are absolutely correct to pin much if not most of the blame on San Diego's prosecutors and judges. They sleep with the development/tourist establishment, which rules the city politically. Dumanis is for sale to these people, many of whom launder political donations through the Lincoln Club, as the U-T and other media look the other way. San Diego will only wake up when a critical mass of people want to get to the ROOT of the corruption. Best, Don Bauder

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JF Feb. 17, 2008 @ 6:37 a.m.

Maybe if the people donated to pols more, the power of big business wouldn't be so big. Only 65% of registered voters participated in the primaries, and that's considered a huge percentage. How many of those do you think donated? Put your money where your mouth is, as they say.

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paul Feb. 17, 2008 @ 7:41 a.m.

Isn't what they did to Pat Flannery technically a crime? Perhaps misdemeanor battery, which would fall to the City Attorney to prosecute?

That would be entertaining.

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Anonymous Feb. 17, 2008 @ 10:04 a.m.

So much for open government. There are too many closed and back room deals in San Diego. They should allowed recording, video and audio, of all public meetings - and meetings should be public.

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Anon92107 Feb. 17, 2008 @ 12:41 p.m.

Response to post #8:

QUESTION: Who is the Capo de Capo of the San Diego U-T establishment/mob?

Dumanis et al. threats against Pat Flannery are like those of a mob.

The mob rubbed out too many San Diegans by letting the 2003 and 2007 firestorms get out of control, and their continuing refusals to provide adequate resources for our fire and policemen/women in Harm's Way is a threat against everyone in San Diego.

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JohnnyVegas Feb. 17, 2008 @ 10:40 a.m.

Bonnie Dumbass better be careful about what she is doing and whom she is booting from her press conference, especially if she is using a public place/building to give such press conferences.

She is an elected public official, and I am going to assume she was giving this press conference in a public place/building/area.

The public has a right to attend any public function that a public official is giving that affects the health, safety and welfare of the public, especally if it is in a public place/building.

This could very well be a violation of civil rights, specifically a violation of the 1st Amendments to right to free speech, in as much as Dumbass was intentionally interferring with the press/public in a public place/building and appears to doing so to intenionally intefer with a pubic blogger.

It could also be a violation of the 4th Amendments right to be free from unreasonable seizure of the person, since this appears to be a public place and Flannery was in fact "siezed" when he was forcably removed from the public place/building.

So, this could be an easy federal lawsuit, filed under 42 USC Section 1983, which would force Dumbass to pay the legal fees of Flannery should he win, which he likely would under these circumstances. Of course the taxpayers would ultimately pay the liability of Dumbass-but that would be fine becaause it would stop Dumbass from violating civil rights.

When an attorney does not know the law, especially the DA, then I think it is safe to say that attorney should not have a law license, much less be in charge of filing criminal complaints.

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2008 @ 11:09 a.m.

Bonnie is a good lap dog. But the downtown boys like obedient dogs.

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Don Bauder Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:12 p.m.

Response to post #9: Good point. One question: what money? Wealth and income are so unevenly distributed in favor of the superrich that ordinary voters don't have the money. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:16 p.m.

Response to post #10: I don't know that it's technically a crime. But I agree it is a fascinating question. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:18 p.m.

Response to post #11: Agreed. A lot of City meetings are online. But they still go on behind closed doors. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:21 p.m.

Response to post #12: The booting took place at the Westgate, which is private. However, since she was touting a candidate for public office and slamming an incumbent, the subject was definitely public. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:24 p.m.

Response to post #13: Read my column this week. It goes online Wednesday and will be in print Thursday. It might give you some hints. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 19, 2008 @ 7:31 a.m.

Response to post #20: People should read that USA Today story, and also see how this study was handled by local media. It will tell a lot about San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 19, 2008 @ 12:44 p.m.

Response to post #21:

Don, you’ve been talking about the corruption in San Diego forever and a day, San Diego corruption has indeed provided you with a career that never ends. And now proof of the consequences of the U-T Mob (formerly known as establishment) and their puppeticians Golding, Murphy and Sanders causing death and destruction by firestorms is in the international spotlight of infamy.

USA Today at least provides warnings to tourists to beware of death and destruction in San Diego as long as the U-T Mob continues to control life and death in San Diego. At least they didn’t put out a contract on Bowman after he told them what must be done after the 2003 firestorms death and destruction, but they completely marginalized him until he was proven tragically correct again with the U-T Mob firestorms of 2007, and the U-T Mob is now exposed internationally at last.

It appears that Bowman, Aguirre, Frye and the San Diego Reader are the only champions fighting for the citizens of San Diego because they are constantly attacked by the sycophant press that the U-T Mob controls.

The sooner the San Diego Reader replaces the Union-Tribune the better, before the U-T Mob corruption and larceny kills and destroys even more.

I can't wait for your column exposing the U-T Mob tomorrow that you mentioned in post #19.

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Don Bauder Feb. 19, 2008 @ 2:54 p.m.

Response to post #22: San Diego is in a difficult situation geographically. It is in a fire zone. But it is short of water, and will get desperately so in a few years. So people shouldn't plant some of the water-intensive plants around their homes to ward off fires. Best, Don Bauder

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Sparky Feb. 20, 2008 @ 9:15 p.m.

Don, why do you not address Johnny Vegas in post 12? He is so far off the page and you remain mute? This press conference was not in a public place; she had nothing to do with Norman being removed from the venue; there is no 1983 action (Thomas Jefferson Law? Really?); 4th amendment violation? You are kidding right?; "the public has a right to attend" where did this come from?? Come on Don. I thought better of you. Why do you allow this kind of post without setting the record straight?

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Don Bauder Feb. 21, 2008 @ 6:39 a.m.

Response to post #24: I did point out that the event took place at the Westgate, which is private. However, it was a public meeting: Dumanis was touting a candidate for public office and using her position as DA to slam one opponent, an incumbent. Are you sure she had nothing to do with Flannery being removed? How do you know? Flannery has a very good blog this morning touching on Dumanis. It is worth reading. www.blogofsandiego.com. She is out of bounds -- far out of bounds. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas Feb. 21, 2008 @ 12:35 p.m.

Great, now we have Fireman Sparky telling lawyers the law.

Sparky-you’re a little out of your league here but I am going to give you the straight scoop.

First off, this was a PUBLIC PRESS CONFERNCE by a PUBLIC OFFICIAL. I did not know where it happened at, and naturally thought it was at the DA’s office, a PUBIC PLACE. But no worry, the Westgate is a limited public place for the purposes of a public press conference.

As for it being at the Westgate Hotel, that does not indemnify Dumbass from liability, she was giving a PUBLIC PRESS CONFERENCE, during WORKING HOURS, for a PUBLIC OFFICE. As such it really does not really matter where Dumbass gave her propaganda pep talk, it was a PUBLIC ISSUE being discussed by a PUBLIC OFFICIAL-so the notion that she can shield herself by conducting a public press conference in a limited public place makes no difference. Clear violation of First Amendment rights.

Second, Flannery was PHYSICALL DETAINED and “seized”. Clear violation of Fourth Amendment rights.

But hey, I bet you already knew all these things, being a fire fighter and all.

Tell you what Johnny Cochran Junior, aka “Sparky”, next time Dumbass holds one of these goofball press conferences at the Westgate, you let me know beforehand, and I will be SURE to show up with a camcorder and I DARE you, no, I DOUBLE DARE you to try that nonsense with me.

Just make sure your legal liability insurance is paid up, along with your health insurance, because you will to be spending the next 4 years in federal court. That’s a promise Sparky.

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Don Bauder Feb. 21, 2008 @ 12:47 p.m.

Response to post #26: If public officials were allowed to throw reporters out of press conferences when the conferences are held in private locations, all such conferences would be held in private locations, and only friendly reporters would be able to attend. You make good points. Sparky claimed that Dumanis had nothing to do with Flannery's being booted out. I asked him how he knew that. He hasn't replied yet. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas Feb. 21, 2008 @ 3:59 p.m.

Don,

It was the DA's press conference-correct?

I know Kolander was there in the background, but it is my understanding this was a DA press conference to promote the Republican judge for City Attorney.

So if it indeed was the DA's press conference, then only she would have the authority to throw someone out. Right? She was the one running the show, so there could be no other person that could give the authority to toss a citizen out but her..... IMO.

Her actions -especially for an elected PUBLIC official- were/are dispicable.

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Don Bauder Feb. 21, 2008 @ 8:42 p.m.

Response to post #28: Yes, it was her press conference, although I am not sure that only she would have had the authority to throw someone out. One of the law enforcement folks she surrounded herself with might have felt he or she had the authority to pull the trigger. It would be interesting if Flannery or somebody else sued, so these people could go under oath and describe what happened. Best, Don Bauder

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