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Entrepreneur Steve Francis, in throwing his hat in the mayoral race today (Jan. 15), showed that he understands the cancers eating away at the City. "For too long lobbyists have controlled City Hall and the politicians have turned a deaf ear to the voices of everyday San Diegans," said Francis, pledging not to accept contributions from special interests. He promised to tap "the best ideas of all political parties." His statement provides hope: as head of a very good think tank, he has access to a polling organization. His pollsters must have picked up an indication that the San Diego public realizes how it is being manipulated by the establishment.

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2008 @ 10:21 p.m.

I like that he's saying the ballpark should be paid from re-development fees...exactly how it was promised when we voted on it. I'm so disgusted that we're giving GENERAL FUND money to John Moores, one of the richest men in the world, while cutting vital city services.

Even better would be seeing this crook, along with the Spanos crime family, criminally prosecuted for their bribery of public officials and theft of public monies. Then we might get some of our stolen money back!

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Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2008 @ 10:40 p.m.

Response to post #1: The people who arranged to give Moores's team that $300 million-plus subsidy, and also let him buy the land in the district for a lowball price, and sell it to condo developers instead of the promised hotel builders, are now living on fat pensions from the City. I'm talking about the councilmembers at the time, then-City Attorney Casey Gwinn, then-Mayor Susan Golding, etc. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas Jan. 15, 2008 @ 10:41 p.m.

Anonymous / sdblogger

January 15, 2008 at 10:21 p.m.

Even better would be seeing this crook, along with the Spanos crime family, criminally prosecuted for their bribery of public officials and theft of public monies. Then we might get some of our stolen money back!


I'll second that motion!

Corporate welfare should be abolished!

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JohnnyVegas Jan. 15, 2008 @ 10:50 p.m.

BTW- I don't know enough about Francis at this point one way or the other-BUT-I do know Colonel Sanders has been a disaster for San Diego and ANYONE will be an improvement at this point.

I know I am not the only one that thinks Sanders has done nothing-I see it every single day under the UT's comments on their web site, which can be posted at the end of the articles.

Good bye Colonel Sanders, you're on the way out, and don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

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Anonymous Jan. 16, 2008 @ 1:38 a.m.

Too bad it takes a billionaire to become mayor. Will he really listen to the rank-and-file of San Diego, or will this just be a changing of the guard from Pt. Loma and La Jolla to his buddies in Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe?

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Anon92107 Jan. 16, 2008 @ 3:09 a.m.

Response to "For too long lobbyists have controlled City Hall and the politicians have turned a deaf ear to the voices of everyday San Diegans":

It appears that a lot of San Diego establishment needs to be sent to jail to share a cell with Duke, especially including politicians like Sanders and Dumanis and their U-T establishment lobbyist controllers.

Unfortunately, there are too many San Diego judges, including former corrupt judge/mayor Murphy, who belong in jail for enabling the establishment to steal money from the taxpayers and betray our fire and police personnel who are risking their own lives every day trying to protect us from the consequences of out of control corruption of the U-T establishment.

So the corrupt traditions of the San Diego judiciary that has participated in the political corruption and larceny are the main reason that moral and financial bankruptcy of San Diego is out of control today.

Francis has his work cut out for him, he must put judges in jail also, except that the corrupt Dumanis will continue to protect U-T establishment corruption and negate any real solutions until she is sent to jail also.

Francis must first form a strong alliance with the few honest politicians like Aguirre and Frye to really be able to even begin to turn things around.

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:43 a.m.

Response to post #5: Francis ran last time as the conservative, no-tax candidate. Now he is trying to attract both liberals and conservatives. I'm sure that position is based on a lot of polling. We'll have to see if it works. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:32 a.m.

Response to post #3: Corporate welfare will not be abolished as long as the establishment owns the politicians. Period. What gives me a chuckle is that the establishment moguls will talk about free enterprise and personal accountability, and criticize welfare for impoverished single mothers, then line up for a handout for hundreds of millions of dollars, greased by gifts to local pols. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:40 a.m.

Response to post #4:Do-nothing politicians often get reelected in cities in which the electorate is completely apathetic. That's San Diego. And that's the hand Sanders is playing. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:45 a.m.

Response to post #6: Yes, some SD wheeler-dealers belong behind bars, but as you point out, there aren't honest judges or prosecutors who would put them there. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas Jan. 16, 2008 @ 10:12 a.m.

Don Bauder / dbauder January 16, 2008 at 7:32 a.m.

What gives me a chuckle is that the establishment moguls will talk about free enterprise and personal accountability, and criticize welfare for impoverished single mothers, then line up for a handout for hundreds of millions of dollars, greased by gifts to local pols. Best, Don Bauder


Amen to that!

AGREED 100%

If there were more Randall Duke Cunningham types who were made examples of, then things may get better (that is a BIG may).

There is always hope (pulled that one from Batman Begins, on last night).

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 10:35 a.m.

Response to post #11: There are many more Duke Cunninghams in politics across the country, particularly in San Diego. They haven't been caught yet. Best, Don Bauder

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JF Jan. 16, 2008 @ 4:10 p.m.

Johnny Vegas wrote: "If there were more Randall Duke Cunningham types who were made examples of, then things may get better (that is a BIG may)."

I disagree. Folks with an ego that large never think they're at fault.

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Anonymous Jan. 16, 2008 @ 6:33 p.m.

Response to No 11. Yes, Mayor Republican took "Full Responsibility" for the Sunroad mess - think that means when Feldman sues to recover the cost of removing the top floor Mayor Jerry's "Full responsibility" means he will anti-up the $40 mill from his pocket?

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Anonymous Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:13 p.m.

BUT Papa Doug Manchester spoke to the TV reporter as a Francis supporter. Isn't he a "special interest?"

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:43 p.m.

Response to post #13: Sociopaths never think they are at fault. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:45 p.m.

Response to post #14: I would not be surprised if the City, in a deal orchestrated by Sanders, picks up the tab for Sunroad's altering of the building. The deal may have been worked out already. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:48 p.m.

Response to post # 15: Fumber, for someone who uses such repulsive language and metaphors as you do, you are certainly a Little Mary Sunshine. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 7:50 p.m.

Response to post # 16: Is Papa Doug putting money in Francis's pockets or merely backing him? Best, Don Bauder

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Anonymous Jan. 16, 2008 @ 9:16 p.m.

Francis is about as credible in his "conversion" as his fellow moneybags John Edwards is in pretending to identify with the little guy. Donna Frye ought to jump in again as well. Let's have a replay and see if the electorate has learned anything. Of course, with the populace now ready to vote subsidies for a new Chargers stadium as they swoon over the team, chances are Sanders gets another 4 years...

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Don Bauder Jan. 17, 2008 @ 7:54 a.m.

Response to post #21: Yes, Francis has to surmount cynicism over his poll-driven conversion. But at least he is saying many of the right things. As to a Chargers deal: yes, the City has gone ga-ga, but the question is whether there is a suitable site within the San Diego boundaries. I doubt that Mission Valley could qualify. The plume, the traffic, the fact that there is no market for condos all suggest that site is simply not viable. Some in Chula Vista want a Chargers stadium, but there is a problem: that community has spent itself into penury already. It is ailing financially -- badly. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 17, 2008 @ 2:02 p.m.

It has become totally simple to identify corrupt puppeticians in San Diego, they run for City Attorney or Mayor and expose themselves as anti-Aguirre.

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Don Bauder Jan. 17, 2008 @ 3:31 p.m.

Response to post #23: That's one way to look at it. Best, Don Bauder

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

Another note on the new user interface:

It used to be there was numbering. Now, when Don references #23, it makes no sense.

There should be some way of uniquely identifying posts for rebuttal, reference, and updating.


As to Steve Francis, I'm not ready to jump into bed with him yet.

Murphy promised that he would ensure that the ballpark would not bankrupt the city. Then he made funding the ballpark one of his ten priorities (and one of the few he delivered to his political masters).

Sanders similarly promised to end the delay, deceive, deny culture. Uh, yeah. Right.

So Francis, a new convert to the cause of fighting corruption here, previously allying and ingratiating himself with the local oligarchs, looks suspicious to me.

I agree with Flannery that a credible Democrat (please Donaa, please!) would walk away with this race.

(yet another sdblogger)

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Don Bauder Jan. 20, 2008 @ 4:55 p.m.

Response to post of 12:20 p.m.: Yes, I think someone like Donna should be able to beat both of them. But she has her eye on a board of supervisors seat after she is termed out. Best, Don Bauder

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