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Get this: Mark Fabiani, lawyer/spokesman for the Chargers, is quoted saying the following on KFMB News today (Oct. 29): "We just can't do business with San Diego while Mike Aguirre is there. So we tell people that. We're not taking a position in the race; we don't endorse people or tell people to vote one way or another." Huh? The team says it can't do business with San Diego while Aguirre is there, but won't tell people how to vote in the city attorney race? There are two things people don't like about Fabiani: his face. To string two completely opposite thoughts together in one utterance will only register with rabid sports fans and lovers of political rhetoric. In the early 2000s, the Chargers came up with a cockamamie scheme to build condos in Mission Valley and get a subsidized stadium in the same deal. Fabiani claimed developers wouldn't enter the deal because of Aguirre. Such hogwash. Developers probably saw the San Diego condo collapse coming. Fabiani's double talk is also reminiscent of John Moores and Larry Lucchino trying to sell San Diegans on their subsidized ballpark. They both kept saying, "There is no Plan B." They might have well had a sign on their back: "We are incredibly stupid." No intelligent businessperson enters a deal without a Plan A, B, C, D, and E.

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JohnnyVegas Oct. 29, 2008 @ 10:43 p.m.

Prop B is DOA. Won't even be close-at least a 10 point loss.

There is NO MONEY and no credit for building a stadium ANYWHERE in the entire nation, much less a city as upside down financially as San Diego is. Just is not happening.

There will be no stadium for Spanos, even IF he had the politicians in his back pocket, not for a decade at least.

If Spanos wants a staduium it won't be for at least a decade=anywhere in America.

I don't think San Diego could do a stadium even in 10 years-I don't even think San Diego can avoid BK at this point.

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Fred Williams Oct. 29, 2008 @ 6:58 p.m.

John McCann, the Republican candidate for Assembly, is a politician who puts the Chargers' interests before San Diego. McCann wants to rob Chula Vista, already in budget crisis, to give away bay front land to billionaire Republican Spanos, the liar-for-hire's boss.

He and "Fibber" Fabiani are best buddies, and the Spanos political machine is doing its best to elect McCann into the state legislature.

Teach dishonest politicians a lesson this election. Vote no to Proposition B, the Stadium on Stilts, and vote NO to pro-sports subsidy queens like John McCann.

Whether you're a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, Marty Block from the Community College Board is a far better choice in the 78th Assembly District.

Best,

Fred Williams

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Visduh Oct. 30, 2008 @ 10:16 a.m.

This non-endorsement by Fabiani is not going to help Mike win. It should tell everyone what needs to be known about the Chargers. But there are legions of Charger fans out there--and if you doubt that, just look at the decals on the cars and trucks--who regard the team as the most important feature of local life. They are the same people who keep coming back for more despite decades of abuse by Klein and Spanos in turn. After all, you know, it's THEIR team. Losing the team to another city would be the end of their lives as they know them.

So, if Johnny Vegas is right, and there will be no stadia built for a decade, why do the Chargers now care? Simple; all the corporate welfare grabbers need to keep city government where it is now, in their back pockets. If that grip unravels, they might never be able to reknit it.

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Fred Williams Oct. 31, 2008 @ 5:50 a.m.

Visduh has Wisduhm.

Sports fans will never base their lives on rationality or a sense of proportion. By definition they are hopelessly in love with a game, and cannot understand the world around them without looking through the fun house prism of sportsdom. They listen to sports radio, only read the sports page, and spend their freetime watching sports on television. Everything else that happens around them is a blur.

Those of us who are adult enough to recognize that professional sports is merely an entertaining diversion must assert control. We've had enough fun and games, and now we're in deep financial trouble. When they blather on about how sports is the basis of our economic salvation, we must either ignore them or smack them upside the head until they shut up.

Capitulating to knuckle-dragging sports fans has been the shoddy history of this city, but by electing leaders with smarts and integrity we can avoid the mistakes of the past.

That means re-electing Mike Aguirre as City Attorney.

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JohnnyVegas Oct. 31, 2008 @ 9:08 a.m.

Those of us who are adult enough to recognize that professional sports is merely an entertaining diversion must assert control.

Abolutely correct, the adults MUST suprvise the children in these circumstances.

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Visduh Oct. 31, 2008 @ 9:39 a.m.

Fred Williams made many of the points that I've made for years about fans of pro sports, especially the one about them reading only the sports section of the newspaper. I love his comment that "Everything else that happens around them is a blur."

But he and I start to part company when he characterizes those folks as knuckle draggers. Many are, but many are otherwise pretty savvy people who just have one-track minds and one set of interests. When they read sports news, it's all about fun, and very little that is sad, negative, or alarming. And so sports become more than entertainment, they become life. Then there's the notion that sports are the ultimate in "guy stuff", and that those who do not so subscribe are less manly.

A few decades ago, pro sports teams were often playthings of rich people, and they often did not expect a team to be profitable. But during the sixties pro football became an American obsession, and the teams could be ultra-profitable. Good old Gene Klein was one of the first to realize that, with his background in movie houses, and he raked it in. That's part of our heritage here in San Diego.

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emcroshier Oct. 31, 2008 @ 5:49 p.m.

Fred Williams is right. Elect Mike Aguire. Mike has done an unbelieveable job exposing corruption in San Diego. These public officials come and go and the tax payers are left with the bill and the problems. Those behind the city politicians just keep on buying more new politicians to keep the power to control. WE are short of good leadership that can stand up against this ongoing power hold of our government. Good leaders know you have to manage within your budget. That practice has been missing for a long time.

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