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Real estate developers have already plunked $228,345 behind 2008 City candidates -- by far the largest amount among various industries. This is according to a study by the Center on Policy Initiatives. The study is of donations through the end of December, reported Jan. 31. Developers have given $90,803 to Mayor Jerry Sanders and none to opponent Steve Francis, who is not taking special interest money. High tech/biotech has given $23,060 to Sanders; tourism has given him $21,773. In the city attorney race, developers have given $3,650 to Jan Goldsmith and $400 to Mike Aguirre. In District 5, developers have given $49,970, and $46,970 of it has gone to Carl DeMaio. In District 7, developers have given $40,851 -- three-fourths to April Boling and the rest to Marti Emerald.

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Anon92107 Feb. 28, 2008 @ 1:11 p.m.

At least their "contributions" provide us with a list of who the most corrupt politicians in San Diego are.

You might start a follow the special interest money list for us to refer to for each election, it would be a counterpart to the U-T's "Ballot Recommendations" which also provides a list of the most corrupt politicians in San Diego.

Just read that for the first time in U.S. history more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison.

The way things are going today it seems that number would double if we put all the corrupt politicians, judges and special interests who corrupted them in jail also. Too bad our courts are so corrupt that will never happen even though Justice O'Conner exposed the out of control judicial corruption throughout America from Washington to San Diego.

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Don Bauder Feb. 28, 2008 @ 2:41 p.m.

Response to post #1: Go to www.onlinecpi.org and go down the left hand side. Click "Follow the Money." You'll be able to check various politicians. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 29, 2008 @ 4:06 a.m.

Response to post #2: Talk about Open Sesame, CPI's “Follow the Money” opens the lid over the San Diego political cesspool. But it was most interesting that John Davies doesn’t seem to have contributed anything under his own name to the 2008 election.

Current realities make it appear that CPI champions need their own champion like The Reader to chronicle their work loud and clear, along with the work of Aguirre, Frye and Francis in every issue during this election year so that everyone knows they are out there to help us and what they are doing to make the right things happen so we can support them to help us.

One root cause of our problems needs eradication though, at the conclusion of “Brash Cash” you wrote ‘San Diegans for City Hall Reform Committee had $36,826.42 in cash. On January 31 of this year, it said its new mission is promoting “accountability, checks and balances in city government.” “That’s a joke — like saying war is peace and black is white. What they want is checks written to themselves and the balances in their checking account,” harrumphs Steve Erie, --- This is the best little town that money can buy.”’

Further toward identifying the root cause, in your “Brash Cash” post #2 you stated “Davies ---is one of the most powerful people in San Diego, particularly in the selection of judges.”

Right now it appears that corrupt San Diego judges are defeating all efforts of all honest people in San Diego to end corruption and produce a “fair economy in which economic opportunities are accessible to all and no one who works lives in poverty.”

The reality is that when it comes to producing corrupt mayors and judges that San Diego voters are held in check-mate by Davies et al. because we have now had three corrupt mayors in a row with no way to stop Sanders from continuing to destroy San Diego.

QUESTION: What do we do to eradicate corrupt judges that are enabling corrupt lobbyists like Davies and corrupt puppeticians like Sanders to destroy San Diego?

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Don Bauder Feb. 29, 2008 @ 6:58 a.m.

Response to post #3: Superior Court judges are elected, often without opposition. Most voters don't know who the judges are. Groups like the League of Women Voters try to give information to the public. But right now, the selection of judges is a rigged system. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 29, 2008 @ 12:48 p.m.

Don, the pervasive judicial corruption throughout America and San Diego that you and former Justice O’Conner have exposed really appears to be the #1 threat to American Democracy today.

Corrupt judges who don’t perform their balance of power function in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, corrupt judges who negate laws and favor exclusivity of the rich and powerful over the rest of society threaten San Diego with massive social instability/chaos as the CPI website information indicates .

Until we put destructively corrupt judges such as Dick Murphy in jail San Diego will continue to decline and fall back to the era described in the latest Reader cover story “When Ira Clifton Copley of Aurora, Illinois, first saw San Diego --- in 1891, it was a dingy town on the southern fringe of California, a quick stopover on runs to the Mexican border, a bordello-filled paradise for Pacific Fleet sailors, a dead end for the railroad ---“

As long as San Diego puppeticians are controlled by the likes of “Davies --- one of the most powerful people in San Diego, particularly in the selection of judges” they threaten all San Diego families.

And considering the hellaciously destructive public safety consequences we are experiencing today because of pension corruption, judges are Public Enemy #1 in San Diego for allowing it to continue out of control.

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Don Bauder Feb. 29, 2008 @ 1:06 p.m.

Response to post #5: Should you and/or some other San Diegans want to launch a campaign to clean up the local judiciary, you would be doing the citizens a great favor. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 29, 2008 @ 1:33 p.m.

Response to post #6:

That's an excellent idea Don.

The paramount problem, and highest priority for making the right things happen, as former Justice O'Conner defined "We must decrease the influence of money and politics on judges" has made it almost impossible to fight back so far considering the hellaciously successful attacks by San Diego’s most corrupt forces against Aguirre for daring to try to champion the people of San Diego.

That's why I keep trying so hard to get The Reader to take the lead and champion your readers along with Aguirre, Frye and Francis by taking the fight directly against those who are most corrupt, and most responsible for the hellaciously out of control public saftey consequences we are experiencing. Right now, we only have The Reader to force accountability.

We at least need a continuous series of "Brash Cash" exposes of the most powerful corrupt lobbyists, judges and politicians like Davies, Murphy and Sanders.

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Don Bauder Feb. 29, 2008 @ 1:56 p.m.

Response to post #6: There will be more columns with the tone of "Brash Cash." Such columns have more punch if they are spread out. If I did one every week, they would lose some sting. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 1, 2008 @ 7:21 a.m.

Response to post #9: Cleaning up the San Diego judiciary is one of the most important tasks at hand. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 March 1, 2008 @ 3:34 a.m.

Response to post #8:

Don, I have always appreciated the excellent investigative reporting you and the Reader have done to expose the out of control corruption of San Diego government that has resulted in hellaciously out of control public safety failures and threats.

The Union-Tribune has been abusing their power of the press by producing the most destructive governments in San Diego history.

The Reader is the only San Diego journal that uses their power of the press to protect and defend San Diego families by exposing the Davies/U-T forces of destruction.

The Reader is the best way we have to “clean up the local judiciary,” lobbyists and their puppeticians. You are doing the citizens a very great favor with your campaign to make the right things happen and I Thank You Very Much.

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Anon92107 March 1, 2008 @ 12:58 p.m.

Response to post #10:

You know Don, the more I read about local lawyer/power brokers and their puppets Golding-Murphy-Sanders-judiciary the more I am reminded of the relationships between defense contractors and Cunningham. There has got to be a Pulitzer for the Reader for exposing what's going on right under the U-T noses again.

BTW, what is the status of the pension board trial? Are they waiting in hopes that they can kick out Aguirre with their deranged rant editorials and op-eds against him? I would expect they would run a Davies judge against Aguirre who would throw out all the charges against the pension board if they haven't already.

However, I was overjoyed to read the "Tell Us About It" poll in the U-T this morning that showed 63% response for "Yes, he will be re-elected" which I hope indicates the beginning of the end of the Davies/U-T era of corruption and destruction in San Diego.

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Don Bauder March 1, 2008 @ 3:36 p.m.

Response to post #11: Aguirre's pension board case -- which, actually, was a cross-complaint following a suit by SDCERS -- is on appeal after having been gutted at the trial level here. Yes, the cozy relationship of judges and real estate developers is analogous with the Cunningham/defense contractors love affair. I have not seen "Tell Us About It" poll in U-T and didn't know such a thing existed. I will check it out. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 March 2, 2008 @ 3:46 a.m.

Response to post #12: The Aguirre Tell Us About It poll was on the front page of Currents Family yesterday:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080301/news_1c01tellusm.html

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Don Bauder March 2, 2008 @ 6:58 a.m.

Response to post #13: Yes, 63 percent said Aguirre would be reelected and 37 percent said he wouldn't be. There were 2,357 responses. The trouble is that polls like this are not considered very scientific. Nonetheless, it's good news. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 March 2, 2008 @ 1:11 p.m.

Response to post #14:

That's why San Diego now depends totally on the Reader to end the era of U-T corruption by informing and igniting your readers to fight for what is left for their future.

Your young readers are the only ones who can save San Diego from the older brain-dead electorate that votes slavishly for whatever the U-T "Ballot Recommendations" tell them to vote for.

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Don Bauder March 2, 2008 @ 2:22 p.m.

Response to post #15: Nationally, young people are coming out for the Obama campaign. Locally, it would be wonderful if they came out to fight the overlords' control. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 March 3, 2008 @ 2:52 a.m.

Response to post #16:

Since the U-T is disappearing before our eyes it's time for the Reader to replace the U-T.

The Reader should publish "Ballot Recommendations" so your young readers can eradicate the puppeticians that the dark force overlords are controlling and destroying their future with.

It's either replace the Sanderspuppet with Francis, and keep Aguirre and Frye in office, or the perpetuation of the Davies tyranny and the creation of San Diego as America's Third World Village.

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Don Bauder March 3, 2008 @ 6:37 a.m.

Response to post #17: The Reader is sharply improving its online operations. That's one step. Best, Don Bauder

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historymatters May 8, 2008 @ 4:34 p.m.

Go Mikey! Go Marty! Go francis! Go Stephen (whitburn that is)! Power to the people!

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