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Andrea Tevlin is the so-called independent budget analyst working for the council. But she has apparently been compromised. Jay Poole, head of advocacy for the National Association of Local Government Auditors, said flatly in a letter published in December that San Diego's auditor should NOT be appointed by the mayor. This month, he penned a softball letter that waffled on the issue. Civic activist Mel Shapiro called Poole and asked him why he caved. "He said, 'Andrea Tevlin asked me to,'" says Shapiro, who expresses his dismay with Tevlin. She says she only asked Poole to be sure that his position was consistent. She favors the auditor being appointed by the mayor if the audit committee is appointed by the city council, and the auditor reports to the audit committee. According to an outside auditor, San Diego's internal financial controls are inadequate and the books are susceptible to error and fraud. It is astonishing that anyone could recommend the auditor be appointed by a mayor -- particularly this mayor -- under such circumstances, no matter who appoints the audit committee. The matter will be discussed this evening (Jan. 14) at the council meeting. Mayor Jerry Sanders, who packed his charter review committee with lawyers and lobbyists for the real estate development industry, hopes that the power to name the auditor will go on the ballot, as recommended by the stacked committee.

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2008 @ 10:27 p.m.

Response to post #2: I have reason to believe Francis will work with Aguirre. Then there might be real reform. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 15, 2008 @ 4:16 a.m.

Response to: “the so-called independent budget analyst working for the council --- has apparently been compromised.” So the corrupt business as usual bunch continues to rule San Diego with court granted impunity, and people are seeing the reality of why the U-T Establishment wanted a “strong” mayor in the first place.

X & Y have a lot of work to do before the next election, first with helping Aguirre and Frye roto-rooter the sewer that runs from the U-T to the Mayor’s office.

If Francis supports Aguirre and Frye in this effort then he may be the man to make the right things happen, but it’s up to X & Y to decide because it’s their most important future that is at stake.

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JohnnyVegas Jan. 14, 2008 @ 6:10 p.m.

Steve Francis just tossed his hat in the Mayor ring-and at this point ANYONE is better than KFC Sanders.

Lets see how things shape up..... I think Mike Aguirre should run for Mayor.

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2008 @ 6:37 p.m.

Right On Post #1. And Francis (who I wrongly opposed as being a carpetbagger from Las Vegas last election cycle) gives every indication he CAN and WILL work cooperatively with Aguirre. Time to get rid of this fraud Sanders.

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2008 @ 10:26 p.m.

Response to post #1: Francis could be an attractive candidate. Let's see what his platform is. It is astonishing to me that Sanders is apparently popular. The man has not even tried to do what he promised to do. But he's not the first do-nothing politician to get by on smiles. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2008 @ 7:48 a.m.

Response to post #5: San Diego is really sick. If the recession with its plunging home prices continues, and the stock market follows (possible, but the Fed will fight it), then San Diego is in real financial trouble, as the pension deficit will soar well beyond today's intolerable levels and sales and property tax receipts will crater. And the City wants an auditor appointed by the mayor? And expects to get back into the muni bond market, which has woes of its own? Some people are living in a dream world. Best, Don Bauder

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2008 @ 12:19 p.m.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! San Diego has weathered worse and still survived. I say thars nut'n wrong with a little belt tightening from time to time. As long as we rid ourselves of all the chicken littles...

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Anon92107 Jan. 15, 2008 @ 1:40 p.m.

Response to post #6: None other than one of the few honorable republicans left in America today, Patrick J. Buchanan is quoted today: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/staticarticles/article59693.html

“Since it began to give credit ratings to nations in 1917, Moody's has rated the United States triple-A. U.S. Treasury bonds have been seen as the most secure investment on earth. When crises erupt, nervous money seeks out the world's great safe harbor, the United States. That reputation is now in peril. ---

Our political parties seem oblivious. ---- Washington drifts mindlessly toward the maelstrom. --- While all this is bad news for the Republicans, it is worse news for the republic. As we save nothing, we must borrow both to pay for the imported oil and foreign manufactures upon which we have become dependent. ----

To stave off recession, the Fed appears anxious to slash interest rates another half-point, if not more. That will further weaken the dollar and raise the costs of the imports to which we have become addicted. While all this is bad news for the Republicans, it is worse news for the republic. As we save nothing, we must borrow both to pay for the imported oil and foreign manufactures upon which we have become dependent. ----

This self-indulgent generation has borrowed itself into unpayable debt. Now the folks from whom we borrowed to buy all that oil and all those cars, electronics and clothes are coming to buy the country we inherited. We are prodigal sons, and the day of reckoning approaches.”

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2008 @ 3:17 p.m.

If the voters of San Diego actually approve the Charter changes as laid out by Mayor Sanders they have no one to blame but themselves. Apathy is the root of ignorance. As we know, San Diego voters are apathetic. Our political leaders who take their queues others count on that apathy to raid the public treasury for their own gain.

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Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2008 @ 5:03 p.m.

Response to post #7: Belt tightening? Nonsense. Sanders promised he would deal toughly with the municipal unions and has mollycoddled them. He has done nothing about the pension situation. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2008 @ 5:06 p.m.

Response to post # 8: Wholesale inflation is now running at 6 percent. It would be the height of irresponsibility for the Fed to lower rates further in this environment. But, unfortunately, it will. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2008 @ 5:11 p.m.

Response to post #9: Why do you think big-time crooks relocate to San Diego? They visit the place, see that the people are naive and trusting while their pockets are being picked; the politicians are in the establishment's pocket; real estate developers get all the subsidies they want although the infrastructure can't handle more residential expansion; the major newspaper is manipulated by the establishment, and they figure the area is ripe for plucking. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 16, 2008 @ 4:20 a.m.

Response to post # 11: Don, I really don't think it is as simple as saying "It would be the height of irresponsibility for the Fed to lower rates further" in a time when we just had a weak holiday retail season, unemployment is trending upward, manufacturing is still declining, the housing sector continues to crash and burn due to out of control personal financial defaults, and the S&P has dropped 6% in just the first half month of the new year, etc.

Things look bleak to say the least, but there are still possibilities for a weak recovery this year at least, unless you are saying that America has bankrupted itself with no hope in sight.

Anyway, people still need to have enough money to buy basics, and keeping interest rates out of reach of the majority of X & Y generations when they need to survive is kind of Draconian.

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 8:15 a.m.

Response to post #13: Lowering rates in this inflationary environment is like giving more drugs to an addict or more booze to an alcoholic. Consumers have a sub-zero savings rate. They should not be seduced with easy money into going on another spending spree. Denying dope to consumers would push us into recession, yes, but it would be a positive long term step. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 16, 2008 @ 11:56 a.m.

Well you certainly have one viewpoint from an Econ 101 textbook, but what about the Real World 101’s hideous lessons that have forced far too many X & Yers into indentured servitude because they got talked into government approved usury to buy things advertised by magazines that you might be familiar with, constant barrage of TV ads raising false expectations, U-T corrupt establishment stores, etc. screwing them into buying too much crap like all the previous generations did, making it impossible to get out of debt without having to go into default to survive.

And on top of that American “Big Business” and Washington political puppets in both parties have sold out X & Y by exporting jobs and manufacturing to communist china so chinese slave labor can create more profits for American bastard corporate executives.

So it’s time to return to homegrown small industry and small business to give the X & Yers a break in opportunities and jobs to achieve their own American dream. And those new opportunities need low interest rates to create more jobs and goods and services instead of buying from chinese slaves.

Time to give X & Y a break Don, because all the generations before them including ours have set them up with our hell on earth legacy.

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 1:15 p.m.

Response to post #15: You say that young people got conned into buying things they didn't need, and then you say they need lower interest rates. Why? To buy some more things they don't need? Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 17, 2008 @ 3:31 a.m.

Response to post #16: Don, you really don't seem to have a very high opinion of generations X & Y, when it is our generation and all the generations that precede X & Y that you should be venting your anger against. It is our generation that has caused all the problems that X & Y have today, destroying their jobs and opportunities for quality of life. And we taught them all the worst possible habits as the most profligate role models in history. Our generation has no sense of responsibility and refuses to accept accountability, which is why San Diego and America are in so much trouble today, and that is not the fault of X & Y.

X & Y need lower interest rates to:

  1. Establish small businesses of their own to make up for the fact that the corporations run by people of our generation have exported so many opportunities and jobs we had and X & Y should have had to communist china.

  2. X & Y need a chance to get out of the debts produced by the profligate legacy of our generation, and there aren’t enough decent jobs left to give them a chance to do so with existing interest rates that are the worst case government approved usury in history.

  3. Ads in magazines such as The Reader, TV, etc. have been psychologically written to suck people into doing things they shouldn’t, as has been proven by the brain-dead stupidity of our generation.

Clinton and Bush and their congresses are the worst presidents and politicians in American history. Washington and Wall Street are destroying the American way of life and we are arguing about interest rates after we have destroyed the future for X & Y.

That really sucks. You’re right about one thing Don, X & Y must cut back in the profligate spending habits we taught them, like stopping buying things they see advertised against their best interests is a great way for them to start their fight back recovery.

You might want to give X & Y some advice on How to Fight Back against the consequences of the profligate habits of our degeneration generation Don, X & Y already know that our politicians and their controlling special interests enabled by our degeneration generation are corrupt beyond redemption.

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Don Bauder Jan. 17, 2008 @ 8:08 a.m.

Response to post # 17: I have nothing against low interest rates -- except when inflation is high and threatens to go higher. And that's the situation today. But people with my view don't count: the nation and world are going to get lower interest rates. And higher inflation. This mess is going to last several years. Best, Don Bauder

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JF Jan. 17, 2008 @ 10:08 a.m.

Don, you wrote back on the 15th that Sanders has "mollycoddled" the unions. I guess that depends on whether or not you're the one who has had a -3% pay raise in the past three years and a several thousand dollar cut in your health care. I guess that depends on whether you're the one who was denied a pay raise by a city who claimed to have no money the week before the city miraculously "found" a $42 million surplus.

Oh, and you claim Sanders has done nothing to help the pension crisis. However, DROP has been eliminated for new hires and may be eliminated for all. POSC has been raised to match the proper rate. That's at least something. At least by the standards of folks who don't like the DROP.

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Anon92107 Jan. 17, 2008 @ 12:33 p.m.

I understand Don, I took grad courses in Econ. and know exactly where you are coming from. BTW, my wife gives me the same lectures you do. So let's put it another way:

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What specific, detailed for implementation recommendations are you giving to your X & Y readers so they can recover from the screwing they got because of the profligacy of our degenerations (all generations between The Greatest Generation and Gen X)?


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Don Bauder Jan. 17, 2008 @ 3:37 p.m.

Response to post #19: City Attorney Mike Aguirre wants DROP to be cost-neutral, as it was originally sold. Ditto for the purchase of service credits program. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 17, 2008 @ 3:41 p.m.

Response to post #20: Our generation was egregiously profligate. We passed the debt on to X & Y generations. Now you want lower interest rates for X & Y so they can go into debt and pass it on to future generations. I don't get it. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 18, 2008 @ 2:11 a.m.

Response to post #22: You avoided my question Don, once again

** QUESTION **

What specific, detailed for implementation recommendations are you giving to your X & Y readers so they can recover from the screwing they got because of the profligacy of our degenerations (all generations between The Greatest Generation and Gen X)?

** QUESTION **

You see Don, now that the U-T has converted itself to San Diego Sporting News, and has destroyed their Business section by laying off columnists, eliminating the Sunday WSJ columns that included Jonathan Clements’ excellent financial advice column, we now need for San Diego’s best remaining Business expert to provide financial advice to your X & Y gen readers so they can escape from the indentured servitude legacy of our degerations.

So if you don’t want to cut them any slack by reducing interest rates so they can keep from defaulting, bankruptcy, etc. due to outrageously usurious rates our degenerations are charging them, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND TO ADVISE THEM?? See *** QUESTION ** above.

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Don Bauder Jan. 19, 2008 @ 10:04 a.m.

Response to post $24: I recommend that they get off the consumption binge that destroyed their parents, and begin to SAVE. And higher interest rates will entice them to do that. I don't ALWAYS want lower rates. It depends on the situation at any given time. But I want higher rates when inflation is burgeoning, as it is now. Bernanke says the threat of recession is worse than the threat of inflation. I say he is wrong. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 20, 2008 @ 4:58 p.m.

Response to post of 12:28 p.m.. Yes, inflation is one way to pay off debt. The government has used this method before. Best, Don Bauder

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2008 @ 12:28 p.m.

Don, we all know the reason Bernanke wants inflation...it's the only way to pay off our debts.

It won't matter if starter houses cost $400k when bread costs $20.

Modern new age economists know that by inflating ourselves out of paying off our debts, we can all live happily ever after. Making our currency worthless is good business, and good for America!

As a member of generation X, who has never once in his life for even a nanosecond believed that the government will in any way support me in my golden years, I've spent the last few years saving.

But I'm seriously thinking about spending the next several months on full time politics...I'm getting pissed off.

(yet another sdblogger)

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