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The Los Angeles Times today (July 9) tells how Los Angeles area lobbyist Susan McCabe aggressively tried to get San Diegan Pat Kruer, a longtime member of the California Coastal Commission, to vote in favor of the waterfront redevelopment project. Kruer abstained from the vote because of his brother's involvement in the planned project, and the pane rejected the first phase by 5-5. In trying to sway Kruer, McCabe talked of "spoon feeding" Kruer talking points. She referred to the five opponents of the measure as "the toxic five." She wrote her staff saying that Kruer "is looking for responses from us to give him ammunition to help us," says the Times. But Kruer told the Times he was "offended by the tone of these e-mails," and that, "I never told anyone I would recommend a yes vote on the project."

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SurfPuppy619 July 9, 2010 @ 10:50 a.m.

In this case there was an honest person on the Coastal Commission, but I think as a general rule that commission has too much (and much too broad) power.

I have heard some pretty awful stories-eseentialy shake down stories- in order for property owners to get the commissions approval for ANY project, even a simple deck.

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Don Bauder July 9, 2010 @ 11:12 a.m.

Response to post #1: The last thing California needs is a coast like urban Florida's -- packed with high-rise condos and apartments, barring the people from access to beaches. The California Coastal Commission is set up to stop that when possible. I think it does a good job. Best, Don Bauder

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nativesd July 9, 2010 @ 11:26 a.m.

So why isn't this story in the U-T today? At least I didn't see it on the web site.

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Don Bauder July 9, 2010 @ 11:49 a.m.

Response to post #3: I have no idea. Best, Don Bauder

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iantrowbridge1 July 9, 2010 @ 8:07 p.m.

The UT posted their story at 3.15pm this afternoon. Plenty of meat left on this one.

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iantrowbridge1 July 9, 2010 @ 8:10 p.m.

And by the way, he did lead the charge for the Port at the CCC meeting in Oceanside in February.

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Fred Williams July 10, 2010 @ 1:31 a.m.

Ian Trowbridge is a San Diego hero.

Thanks yet again, Ian. Keep up the good fight!

Best,

Fred

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Don Bauder July 10, 2010 @ 7:57 a.m.

Response to post #5: Ian Trowbridge fought to have this matter brought to the public's attention. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 10, 2010 @ 7:58 a.m.

Response to post #6: The Times story mentioned that he had been an early supporter of the project. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 10, 2010 @ 8 a.m.

Response to post #7: Yes, Ian is a fighter on the right side of issues. Welcome back, Fred. Where have you been? Best, Don Bauder

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underground July 11, 2010 @ 12:40 a.m.

This revelation obtained through the California Public Records Act is indicative of the arrogance in which the Unified Port of San Diego and its representatives operate and with a disgraceful disregard of its fiduciary responsibility to the citizens that live within the County of San Diego.

Its clear California Coastal Commissioner Patrick Kruer started to feel external pressure, not only from the Port of San Diego lobbyist Susan McCabe, but also from the San Diego Navy Broadway Complex Coalition and its public records inquiry of his unique associations regarding the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan.

There is nothing more disgusting then the cruise ship terminal currently under construction on the Broadway pier, except maybe taxi cabs lined up in front of it. What a great addition for the citizens that live and pay dearly to live in San Diego.

I WANT MY PARK!

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Don Bauder July 11, 2010 @ 8:39 a.m.

Response to post #11: You are right about the port's arrogance. And you are right to want a park. Contrast San Diego with the Bay Area. The latter has miles and miles and of open space -- whether it's San Francisco proper or Silicon Valley. I wrote a column on that some time ago: in San Francisco, the Presidio was turned over to the people. In San Diego, the Naval Training Center was turned over to a developer. Typical. Best, Don Bauder

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a2zresource July 12, 2010 @ 3:17 p.m.

This does not appear to be about Dr. Susan McCabe, Full Professor of English, University of Southern California, but rather the owner of McCabe & Company, also of Los Angeles and Sacramento:

http://www.mccabeandcompany.net/

The latter McCabe "developed an expertise in land use matters as Principal Consultant to the Assembly Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as a member of the California Coastal Commission, and as executive director of an environmental organization concerned with coastal land use issues. Ms. McCabe has represented dozens of clients as a legislative advocate in Sacramento drawing on her grasp of diverse issues, strong bipartisan legislative contacts, and in-depth knowledge of the legislative process. Ms. McCabe also specializes in consulting and advocacy for a wide range of clients with projects before the Coastal Commission. Her Coastal Commission client base ranges from major landowners with mixed-use projects, to individual homeowners seeking permits for their homes, to local governments advocating public works projects or processing local coastal programs and amendments. Ms. McCabe received her Master of Public Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from California State University Sacramento" (from the company website).

Note her prior self-admitted term(s) as a Coastal Commission member, which should be an ethical bar to lobbying current members, but apparently is not.

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SurfPuppy619 July 12, 2010 @ 6:51 p.m.

Note her prior self-admitted term(s) as a Coastal Commission member, which should be an ethical bar to lobbying current members, but apparently is not.

Nope, no bar at all. Calpers and Alfred Villalobos were probably giving McCabe and the CA Co. Comm. coaching tips on how to skirt the law.

It is not what you know, but who you know in gov. Always has been, always will be.

There is another article here in the reader on the scam going on in Chula Vista between police Chief David Bejarano (former SDPD Chief) and one of tghe elected officials with major laws/policy/rules being broken or skirted.

This never ends, and is a good reason why we should limit gov as much as we can.

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SurfPuppy619 July 12, 2010 @ 7:01 p.m.

And the boom comes down;

Port of San Diego fires lobbyist who boasted of "spoon feeding" commissioner

July 12, 2010 | 5:30 pm

A lobbyist who boasted in emails about “spoon feeding” a California Coastal Commissioner while attempting to secure his vote on a controversial project has been fired by the Port of San Diego.

In a letter to Coastal Commission members Friday, Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, chair of the Board of Port Commissioners, wrote he was “appalled” by what the port’s hired lobbyist, Susan McCabe, said in her emails. He said she was no longer under contract and was being replaced.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/07/port-of-san-diego-fires-lobbyist-after-she-boasts-of-spoon-feeding-commissioner-.html

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Don Bauder July 12, 2010 @ 9:58 p.m.

Response to post #13: English professors are not legislative advocates. In fact, a good English professor would probably tell students to say "lobbyist" instead of using the euphemism "legislative advocate." Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 12, 2010 @ 10 p.m.

Response to post #14: The words "ethics" and "lobbyist" don't really go together. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 12, 2010 @ 10:03 p.m.

Response to post #15: I can think of some lobbying activities that are worse than using the term "spoon feeding." Best, Don Bauder

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