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The San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 31 reviewed the local controversies that led to Eduardo Luna and Chris Constantin winding up with juicy jobs with the City of San Diego. Luna was named San Diego internal auditor in 2007. His boss in San Jose had been caught up in a sexual harassment and gender discrimination controversy, and after a study, was fired for fostering a hostile workplace. During the investigation, Luna was put on leave, but he was not named in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Luna quickly left for San Diego.

There followed another flareup. Chris Constantin, who had been a top deputy to Luna, was named San Jose's independent police auditor to look into citizen complaints against police officers. But the Mercury News revealed that Constantin's brother was a police detective. "Community activists assailed the council pick as a fatal conflict of interest. Constantin declined the appointment," said the Mercury News Jan. 31. Early this year, Constantin left to become a deputy city auditor working for Luna in San Diego.

In July of 2008, I emailed Luna about his San Jose experience. He did not reply. I did not report the incident at that time.

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 4, 2010 @ 9 p.m.

These people just shuffle around from gov job to gov job. Like Alan Bersin does.

Nothing new, it is not what you know or how hard you work in gov employment-it is all about your connections, who you know that gets you into gov employment.

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Don Bauder Feb. 5, 2010 @ 6:46 a.m.

Response to post #1: And as you have pointed out so many times, the pay and particularly fringes are great. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 5, 2010 @ 6:51 a.m.

Response to post #2: No connection, really. Monitoring police complaints was the job Constantin was given in San Jose. It blew up when the San Jose Mercury News revealed that Constantin's brother was on the force. Constantin's job in San Diego is deputy city auditor -- not the same. Best, Don Bauder

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a2zresource Feb. 5, 2010 @ 9:28 a.m.

It is interesting that nobody involved with City of San Diego internal auditing has made public statements regarding City contracts and franchise agreements with certain private-sector vendors since the mayor took office... especially as the low payment rates to the City on those contracts and agreements may have something to do with the mayor's proposed budget gap described in his recent State of the City address.

It seems that Matt Potter has been tracking for years the political contributions of one or more of the larger contract/franchise holders...

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Don Bauder Feb. 5, 2010 @ 10:42 a.m.

Response to post #5: You have put your finger on the cancer, just as Matt has through the years. You have to follow the political donations of these contractors to understand what is going on. Best, Don Bauder

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SavvasPapa March 16, 2010 @ 10:46 p.m.

Don, Terrible article. Luna and Constantin did NOT generate controversy in San Jose. Do not make them sound like villains. The circumstances surrounding them generated news, and that's it. I have known Chris for over 20 years through our church in San Jose. Never have I known anyone be so unselfish, and with such a strong natural desire for volunteering and helping others. Please, next time, do your homework and find the real facts about people you write articles on, instead of digging up info from the internet and presenting it in way to degrade Chris and Eduardo. San Diego is blessed to have Chris and Eduardo serving in leadership positions in San Diego. Controversy... not a chance.

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