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The League of Women Voters on its website (www.lwvsandiego.org) shows that real estate developers are throwing wads of money at the "Yes on D" campaign that would make the so-called strong mayor concept permanent. Among those associated with real estate giving $10,000 or more are Sudberry Properties, San Diego Association of Realtors, Corky McMillin Cos., Malin Burnham of Cushman Wakefield, and attorney/power broker John Davies. Those giving between $2,000 and $5,000 are Poseidon Resources, Lankford & Associates, San Diego Electrical Contractors, and R.E. Staite Engineering. Other big givers include Dealy Development, Gafcon, Shea Homes, Sentre Partners, H.G. Fenton, Joseph Wong (architect), Collins Development, La Jolla Development, Sickels Group and Terramar Retail Centers. The league says that in the five years of the strong mayor experiment, political accountability, responsiveness to citizen concerns, efficient management of the city, checks and balances, access, and openness have all deteriorated.

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Anon92107 April 25, 2010 @ 10:18 a.m.

The SDLWV's understatement of "have all deteriorated" does not even begin to acknowledge the totally unacceptable consequences of all facts that you have exposed about all the political, judicial and business corruption that that the "Strong Mayor"/Dictatorship concept represents.

Anyone who votes "Yes on D" is disenfranchising themselves, and might as well not vote at all because they are actually voting for the overthrow of San Diego Democracy by letting puppeticians like Sanders turn San Diego into a dictatorship that has destroyed San Diego's safety, health and economy continuously since it was approved in the first place.

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Don Bauder April 25, 2010 @ 8:48 p.m.

Response to post #1: Agreed, but all the money will go into the Yes on D campaign. My guess is that it will breeze in. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 April 26, 2010 @ 11:10 a.m.

Response to post #2: "My guess is that it will breeze in."

God help us if that is true, it will eliminate all doubt that the majority of San Diego voters are brain-dead zombies who don't give a damn about quality of life for their families, selling out their children and future generations to a polluted, diseased, impoverished future just like the german voters did when they sold out their democracy before WWII.

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Don Bauder April 26, 2010 @ 11:52 a.m.

Response to post #3: The League of Women Voters and Donna Frye are among those who are out fighting against this horrible proposition. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 April 27, 2010 @ 8:50 a.m.

Response to post #4:

FACT: Fat, dirty old white guys rule San Diego.

That's why SDLWV, Donna Frye and all other honorable women can't save San Diego.

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Don Bauder April 27, 2010 @ 10:47 a.m.

Response to post #5: The establishment certainly conspired to denigrate all of Frye's accomplishments and initiatives, and stole the mayoral election from her. The establishment does not pay attention to the League of Women Voters. Best, Don Bauder

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antigeekess April 27, 2010 @ 5:18 p.m.

Developers Bankrolling "Strong Mayor" Campaign...

...because when there's one dude in charge, ya only gots one dude to buy.

THE END

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Visduh April 27, 2010 @ 8:22 p.m.

It could turn out that the passage of this misguided "reform" will just hasten the demise of the city, and result in its filing of bankruptcy sooner than would have occurred otherwise. The members of the city council (past and present) who supported this move have only themselves to thank for rendering the council a debating society with little real responsibility and power. But even if this election of a single strong man/woman mayor is made permanent, can old and apathetic SD ever find the sort of person, a type of scholar-king personality, who can use all the clout wisely and judiciously? Answer: Hell, no!

When I arrived in SD forty years ago, mas o menos, I never imagined that it would turn into a sort of Chicago by the sea in California in m lifetime. By standards of today, it was a young and vibrant city, well run, clean and proud. The San Diego I see today is old, tired, dirty, down-in-the-mouth, and dragging bottom. A strongman is going to pull it out of that pattern? Don't make me laugh.

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Anon92107 April 28, 2010 @ 5:44 a.m.

Response to post #8:

Visduh, yours is by far the best response yet.

May I borrow your manual of style, because mine really doesn't seem to make the right things happen?

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Don Bauder April 28, 2010 @ 7:09 a.m.

Response to post #7: Anything to make the bribery process easier. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 28, 2010 @ 7:13 a.m.

Response to post #8: Well said. When I arrived in 1973, the real estate developers ran the town, but a young mayor, Pete Wilson, was fighting them. That didn't last long; he needed their money as he ran for higher office. The so-called "strong mayor" only gives the foxes greater control of the hen house. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 28, 2010 @ 7:14 a.m.

Response to post #9: Visduh has a way with words. Best, Don Bauder

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