Dominic DeGrazier 3:37 p.m., Sept. 21
Mayor a No-Show at Second Community Forum
Mayor Jerry Sanders promised to hold eight community forums to explain the budget cuts that will have to be made. Last night (Oct. 18) he made the first one in University City, but he was a no-show tonight (Oct. 19) at Clairemont High School. Not many citizens showed up either, perhaps because of the rain, although a number of staffers and city labor union members packed the small audience that was there. There is a feeling that the mayor planned to use the forum to scare people into voting for the Prop. D tax increase. However, the mayor's slip is showing. This week, ads started running saying that San Diego needs a tax increase because Sacramento is stealing local funds. Then it came out that the mayor was one of the handful of establishment lackeys who manipulated the slimy, last-minute deal in Sacramento that may doom San Diego to financing a Chargers football stadium for $500 million to $700 million. That ad shot down his attack on Sacramento and may have shot down his chances for Prop. D. We will have to see if he gives any reason for not attending tonight's forum.