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Last evening, as reported below, the City said that its audit would be delayed half a year and it was suspending bond sales because of computer problems. The statement was not believable on its face. Now a new internal document shows that on election day, Nov. 2, a memo went out alerting the staff to audit delays, but not mentioning a computer problem. On Nov. 2, Chief Financial Officer Mary Lewis wrote to members of city council about the financial reports for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. "These delays are due to staff working through a detailed and complex correction of labor distribution charges posted in the financial system," wrote Lewis. "The problems are in the posting of labor charges in the financial system." She talks about "timecard entry errors," or time being charged to the wrong account by employees. She says that the City saw the problem and took a different approach in the fall. "This schedule indicates that labor postings for both fiscal year 2010 and 2011 will be corrected by mid January," Lewis wrote. The fiscal year 2010 year end report and the fiscal year 2011 mid-year budget monitoring report would be out by Feb. 23.

On Nov. 9, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer wrote to John McNally, the City's bond disclosure attorney, referring to "data management problems" and promising full disclosure of the problems.

These discrepancies raise the question of whether "enterprise funds are being used to pay pension" expenses, says former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, drawing comparisons with the infamous city of Bell, California. The Securities and Exchange Commission and state auditor should step in, he says. "It's obvious we can't trust the people at City Hall."

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 17, 2010 @ 8:34 a.m.

Not even worth commenting on, we ALL knwo the truth at City Hall, hacks and straight up liars.

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 8:55 a.m.

It's interesting that the Mary Lewis memo was sent Nov. 2, the day of the election. The City denies that the lack of a public disclosure of the dubious "computer glitch" had nothing to do with the election. Hmmm. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Nov. 17, 2010 @ 12:17 p.m.

"Il Duce" Sanders is now a criminal in at least three categories:

1) Public Enemy #1 threat to public safety against all families and public safety personnel in San Diego by cutting back on police and fire resources, water quality as you reported as some of the most polluted in the U.S., and all his other crimes you report continuously to pay for his larceny of public funds for his escalating fortune,

2) Criminal corruption for being the front man for the U-T Downtown Business Mafia to commit larceny of public funds for his owners, and as you report today

3) Criminally negligent failures in public service having ordered his sycophants to sabotage the computer system so they can hide all the larceny that has been bankrupting San Diego for decades.

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 2:07 p.m.

A major question is whether water/sewer money has gone into paying what is owed the pension fund. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 17, 2010 @ 5:29 p.m.

Sanders has been an abject failure on every level.

HUGE let down. Reminds me of Arnold, and Obama, high hopes going in, then the huge let down.

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 6:18 p.m.

Arnold yes. I still have hopes for Obama. There is a big difference, though: going in, Sanders never had anything to recommend him. I never had any hope at all for his succeeding. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 17, 2010 @ 7:20 p.m.

I still have hopes for Obama.

I am standing behind Obama the full 4 years, but he better hope the economy gets moving.

I am VERY upset at the bailouts- and the just out of control gov spending.

Don't even get me started on the "quantitative easing" or I might blow my top;

. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTUY16... .

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:51 p.m.

I had hopes for Obama, but I think he showed his cards right out of the gate w/ all the lobbyists he hired and not just any lobbyists but the worst of the worst. I mean we have 2 Monsanto lobbyists, the company that brought us pesticides, agent orange and the bovine cattle disaster in charge of both the FDA and the USDA.

For what its worth I started keeping a list right after he was elected so I wouldnt get all caught up in the feel good language.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546382152&v=wall&ref=notif&notif_t=wall#!/note.php?note_id=105709699397

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MURPHYJUNK Nov. 17, 2010 @ 12:56 p.m.

let a high school computer geek check out the system, bet the geek could fix it and show the high paid persons what a load of rubbish they are handing us.

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 2:10 p.m.

I do not think this is a "glitch" at all. It may simply be diversion of funds from one account to another, accomplished in a circular way. The high school geek would have to know accounting, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Nov. 17, 2010 @ 6:03 p.m.

Just when you think that the city hall power elite cannot go any farther with their chicanery and outrageous claims, that is just what they do. These claims about the accounting and financial management system failing to deliver adequate information are about as nutty as you can get. Yet they are trotted out as the "excuse du jour" for their failings or frauds. Does the local "investigative newspaper" splash these pieces of nonsense across the front page? Of course not. It that paper dishonest? Or is this now a matter of journalistic incompetence? Yes, and yes.

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 6:20 p.m.

As I said in the initial post, the way the U-T softballed this story, and accepted the City's lame explanation, tells you almost as much about San Diego as the lying of the mayor's office. Best, Don Bauder

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 7:16 p.m.

Im sure its the same computer employees that work the Diebold Optical scanners. Com'on people this is a big component of this puzzle. We are never going to fix things until we acknowledge exactly how corrupt it is. Does anyone really believe every single Republican Supervisor has won re-election for the last 16-20 years in a row? Roberts and Horn are beginning their 17th year and coincidentally happen to be the boss of the registrar thus the lady running these computers.

The arrogance of the city comes from the fact that they have every angle covered. we will never get them out of office because they rig the elections and they control Dumanis so we will never get an investigation and we will never elect them out so they can treat us this way w/o any concern. Do we really believe people voted for Hueaso in State assembly?

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 9:56 p.m.

I will say this, though, as the devil's advocate: we thought Prop. D would win because the vote would be rigged. It lost big. Best, Don Bauder

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:15 p.m.

Yeah however, from my research I believe Seiler's main strategy was dumping votes hence the professional ballot dumper Micheal Vu as her assistant.

I dont think even w/ all the mail ins they had the ability to dump enough ballots for D to pass. It still received about 40% of the vote even though polls showed it w/ barely 25%.

If you think about it w/ ballot dumping the registrar would have to prioritze what is most important because if you are dumping ballots for Whitburn, they may also be Yes on D ballots thus I think the Supervisors are always number 1 priority and D had so few yes votes to begin w/ tossing all the mail-ins didn't work.

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 9:42 a.m.

The possibility of ballot count rigging is a real concern. San Diego has other huge problems, such as staying solvent, that might have to come first. The city doesn't have an audit for a year that ended five months ago and is trying to get citizens to believe that the fault lies with a computer glitch. There should be a criminal investigation. There won't be. Best, Don Bauder

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:25 p.m.

I always like to look at the numbers breakdown after the election as well. Interesting that you only had 100,000 people vote for Supervisor total. Yet in this same election self proclaimed "low key prop C" that had NO campaign whatsoever and was put on the ballot by Pardee homes and was a proposition that would allow Pardee to continue to develop tract homes along highway 56 garnered over 164,000 votes FOR it.

Prop C Pacific Highlands Ranch Development Votes % of Votes Yes 164097 70.29% No 69363 29.71% 100.0% Precincts Reporting

Board of Supervisors District 4 Votes % of Votes Ron Roberts 57096 57.31% Stephen Whitburn 42537 42.69% 100.0% Precincts Reporting

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 7:19 p.m.

I keep bringing up the election thing because it is key to their arrogance. they would be terrified of the public backlash if they didnt know they have the system under their control.

People in San Diego are very very unhappy w/ their incumbents and yet they keep winning. Seiler was hired after donna frye won the mayoral race by a landslide. San Diego could not afford to have that sort of citizen uprising again so they had to gaurantee they could get the right people in office like Jerry Sanders (who did not even receive half as many votes as Donna did)

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 9:59 p.m.

It's clear the establishment doesn't want honest politicians like Donna Frye running the city. She won and the election was stolen from her by the courts. Sad commentary. Best, Don Bauder

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:31 p.m.

Not to mention it was the enormous lobbying power of the vinyl industry that got that put in there. I have a masters degree in Architecture and the LAST thing you want to do is seal a building up airtight. You get sick building syndrome and the indoor environment becomes exponentially more toxic. And its a myth, windows dont do that much. the best thing you can do for energy efficiency is insulation.

This was Obama giving even more tax money to 1 of the largest lobbying groups, the Chamber of Commerce aka the Building Industry. They wone BIG TIME w/ the stimulus Bill.....like major bigtime. He gave them 100s of billions in retroactive tax refunds for 5 years....hard cold cash that did absolutely nothing to create jobs.

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:36 p.m.

I was trying to warn people about the hidden multi billion dollar bailouts for the billionare land developers back in February of 2009. Sure enough a few days later the media was hailing the housing developers the big winner of the stim bill. I still dont think people really grasp what really happened. It was a HUGE giveaway to the wealthiest and the sleaziest that should have had to suffer.

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 7:26 a.m.

Obama is up against a nearly hopeless economic problem, as are other world leaders. You can't blame him for every program that went awry. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 18, 2010 @ 7:52 a.m.

You can't blame him for every program that went awry.

I dont blame Obama for every problem, but he has done very little for the working class-and IMO gov employees and UAW are not working class today, and THAT is where he has given huge bailouts/subsidies, paid for by the ones making less and getting far less in benefits.

Hey Don- Hamtramck MI (Pop. 23K), trying to file BK!!!!

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2010 @ 10:01 p.m.

In retrospect, Obama should have pumped for a big infrastructure program first. The U.S. infrastructure is rotting and the program would have created jobs. Obama elected to push through the healthcare bill first. Mistake. Not the first a president has made. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:34 p.m.

In retrospect, Obama should have pumped for a big infrastructure program first. The U.S. infrastructure is rotting and the program would have created jobs.

THAT is EXACTLY what he should have done, and what they said would be done-but instead all they did was funnel most of that "quantitative easing" TARP money straight into state budgets to shore up over comped auto workers, teachers and other gov employees-when the states should have been getting their financial house in order.

I am very upset with the way they bailed out already over comped gov employees and United Auto Workers. These classes of employees are already making MORE money, with much better benefits, that the average american who is getting stuck subsidizing their over compensation.

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historymatters Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:42 p.m.

Absolutely see my comment above. All Obama did was bailout the wealthiest and the sleaziest people in the country. He gave the developers billions and billions in cash in the form of retroactive tax refunds going back 5 years. In other words all that money they made the past 5 years w/ the bubble they created....all that money, the money where they were WAY overpaid for low quality oversized homes....all the taxes they had to pay on those undeserved profits....they got every penny back and you paid for it and it did not create 1 job.

That money should have been pumped into infrastructure projects if Obama was truely interested in putting construction people to work.

But every step of the way we have been told he has to help the little guy....us....by giving our money to the wealthiest sleaze bags so they in turn will find it in their big hearts to hire us.

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 18, 2010 @ 7:48 a.m.

But every step of the way we have been told he has to help the little guy....us....by giving our money to the wealthiest sleaze bags so they in turn will find it in their big hearts to hire us.

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you're preaching to the choir HM!!!

And while I think lower taxes make sense for economic growth, the AB Laffer supply side curve only works if enough $$ is coming in to fund core gov services and the burden is shared EQUALLY.

All this nonsense that tax cuts should only go to the top 1/100th of the top 1% because they "create the jobs" is BALONEY! You give tax cuts that are just as big % wise to the working class and they SPEND that $$$$, grow the economy-someone will step up and create the jobs that support the products of that spending.

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 9:47 a.m.

Your analysis is correct. Both Bush and Obama bailed out the wealthiest sleazebags on the pretext that the world economy would collapse without the bailouts. The legislators of both parties agreed with this strategy. McCain was going to oppose the bailouts, then caved when he got to Washington and leaders convinced him the situation was grave. I would love to be the person who writes the history of all this. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 9:36 a.m.

There is no question that states are broke. California, after flashing signs of a very modest recovery, is right back in the soup again. Cities within CA such as Antioch and San Diego remain on the brink. Yes, many if not most government workers are overpaid. But that is a long term problem. The short term problem is making sure these states don't default. Best, Don Bauder

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politicky Nov. 18, 2010 @ 10:21 a.m.

The fact that a memo like this got sent out on election day should give people pause.

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Anon92107 Nov. 18, 2010 @ 11:38 a.m.

Don, there is an article this morning about FBI arresting two of Madoff's associates for a Ponzi scheme.

So why don't the FBI arrest Sanders and the Downtown Business Mafia for their Ponzi scheme of stealing from San Diego taxpayers to pay for their corrupt activities, especially when Il Duce and the Mafia are threatening every San Diego family plus our police and firefighters with Draconian cutbacks in police and fire resources to the point where law and order in San Diego will become worse than in Ciudad Juarez if the FBI doesn't arrest them now?

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 12:15 p.m.

It took tons of effort to get the Securities and Exchange Commission -- a civil, not criminal agency -- to spank San Diego officials for not telling the truth in bond documents. Criminal suits on the same topic got thrown out.I don't expect any action on this. If you threw every politician that told a lie in jail, there would be no politicians left, and the jails would be full of pickpockets. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Nov. 18, 2010 @ 12:28 p.m.

So we should just consider Ciudad Juarez to be a sister city of San Diego, and read their news releases to preview the future for San Diego?

What the heck, the FBI didn't prevent the slaughter of America's Heroes and Patriots at Ft. Hood, that's after the FBI failed to save America from 9/11, so San Diego can't expect anyone to save us from Il Duce and the Mafia but Don Bauder and the "Reader".

Is moving to Colorado our best solution Don?

Do you have room for us where you moved to?

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 1:33 p.m.

Moving to Colorado has been very good for my wife and me, but it does get cold in the winter. Some San Diegans may not enjoy that. Best, Don Bauder

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historymatters Nov. 18, 2010 @ 4:59 p.m.

I wonder if we would have any better luck if we appealed to the US attorneys office? Its probably a slim chance but here is an instance where I will give Obama a shot at fixing this. perhaps Laura Duffy is interested in cleaning up corruption. I don't know. I hope so. I would love for Obama to surprise me w/ some serious a$$ - kicking in this department by giving us a real US attorney. If so I will gladly give O all the credit he deserves.

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 7:32 p.m.

The new US attorney hasn't been tested yet, but a lot of people interested in cleaning up corruption are quite discouraged. They worry that the US attorney's office will be like the DA's office. Best, Don Bauder

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historymatters Nov. 18, 2010 @ 5:01 p.m.

Interesting thread of thoughts on here. seems this story really hit alot of buttons w/ people. I am very glad to see people so angry. I want as many people as possible to care. that is how we will change all ths :)

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2010 @ 7:39 p.m.

People are still nowhere near angry enough. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Nov. 19, 2010 @ 5:15 a.m.

Don, once again you are absolutely right with this most important reason why CHANGE isn't happening at local, state and federal levels.

So here in San Diego the U-T, Il Duce and the Downtown Mafia are literally getting away with destroying our public safety and health while We The People only do anything at most every two years, while things get worse much faster than that.

No wonder the FBI looks the other way, "People are still nowhere near angry enough" to even demand protection from our own politicians.

I really don't think that the current state of our Democracy is what our Founding Fathers, or even the Athenians had in mind.

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Don Bauder Nov. 19, 2010 @ 6:54 a.m.

If the Republicans block additional unemployment benefits to those out of work for six months or more, while simultaneously voting for the Bush tax cuts to the richest 1% or 2% of Americans, it's possible a revolution of sorts could begin. Metaphorically, the Republicans are setting themselves up for blood in the streets -- their own. They aren't intelligent enough to perceive this. Watch this closely. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 20, 2010 @ 6:41 a.m.

People are still nowhere near angry enough. Best, Don Bauder

============================ That can change in a heartbeat. A perfect example is the Rodney King riots, got out of control after a few hours and went on for 4 or 5 DAYS, with what, 50 deaths and billions in property damage???

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Don Bauder Nov. 20, 2010 @ 11:47 p.m.

What we have now is certainly not what Jefferson, Madison, Adams, et all had in mind. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Nov. 20, 2010 @ 5:03 a.m.

Don, the history of Democracy most certainly supports what you say. Athenians created Democracy to prevent revolution against abuses by the Eupatrid aristocracy. And our Founding Fathers created American Democracy to eliminate abuses and usurpations by the Tory aristocracy.

Now we are faced with dealing with a 21st century Republican aristocracy. I hope the republicans revisit the history books soon to relearn why we have American Democracy, and change their ways so we can quickly restore life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America once again the easy way that American Democracy was designed to produce.

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Don Bauder Nov. 20, 2010 @ 11:49 p.m.

But remember, the U.S. evolved into a plutocracy, and plutonomy, in 100 years after the founding. We're now back in the gilded age with the plutocrats owning both political parties. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Nov. 21, 2010 @ 4:02 a.m.

Yes Don, plutocrats do seem to be the root cause of our failures today.

Plutocrats feed on the wealth of nations while the rest of us are here to make them wealthier, something that Il Duce and the Downtown Mafia Association prove daily in San Diego.

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Don Bauder Nov. 22, 2010 @ 9:40 p.m.

San Diego has a plutnomy (economy designed for the extremely rich) and a plutocracy (government by the extremely rich).

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