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Gov. Jerry Brown, aware that corporate welfare redevelopment projects subsidize the private sector by diverting money from schools, wants to eliminate state redevelopment agencies. So several cities are rushing to get proposed subsidized private sector projects on the books before the bill is passed (if it is). Today (Jan. 28), Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, whose district includes downtown, wrote to Frank Alessi, chief financial officer of Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC). Said Faulconer, "Due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of redevelopment, I believe it is imperative that we take decisive action on key projects." He wants certain projects "be brought forward immediately" for action by the redevelopment agency (the council). Those projects: Phase I of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, Horton Plaza Park, Bayside Fire Stations and Connections Housing proposal for a downtown permanent intake center. He sent copies to the mayor, councilmembers, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and CCDC's board of directors.

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SanDiegoParrothead Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:04 p.m.

Faulconer - I hope you choke on a chicken bone tonight

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Don Bauder Jan. 28, 2011 @ 7:33 p.m.

Beat Faulconer non-violently. Retire him from office -- overwhelmingly. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 28, 2011 @ 7:32 p.m.

Now, now, no violence. Remember Tucson. Check Egypt. Best, Don Bauder

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Linda_J_Wilson Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:26 p.m.

Gov. Brown has been in politics for a long time and probably knew this would happen and hopefully has a plan to reclaim this money. I have let Gov. Brown know that I support his plan to take redevelopment dollars away from the corrupt and put it back in the coffers for police,schools, pot hole repairs, etc. where it should be. I hope all of you that are sick and tired of the redevelopment raid (not to mention all the other abuses) on our tax dollars will do the same.

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Don Bauder Jan. 28, 2011 @ 7:35 p.m.

See the address below posted by Dr. Peterson. He experienced the worst of redevelopment thievery. Best, Don Bauder

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Brian_T_Peterson_DVM Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:54 p.m.

You may contact Governor Jerry Brown by mail at: Mailing address: Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 E-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php Fax: 916-558-3160

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Don Bauder Jan. 28, 2011 @ 7:37 p.m.

This is the right way to protest redevelopment larceny. I would like to see some of the thieves prosecuted for blatantly breaking redevelopment law. Best, Don Bauder

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nativesd Jan. 28, 2011 @ 8:28 p.m.

Don

What exactly is the cognitive dissonance that allows reactionary Republicans, who spout unfettered free enterprise and rail against unemployment insurance, early-childhood funding and similar, to argue so openly--without any sense of hypocrisy--for unabashed corporate welfare handouts? Or is it just the enduring contradiction in America's greatest cultural/historical myth of government-free enterprise; to wit, the willful lack of recognition that nearly all the successful industrial and capitalist efforts through hundreds of years have enjoyed government funding, directly or indirectly? e.g. Erie Canal, transcontinental railroad, Yankee Clipper trans-ocean trading, airplane development (through military contracts), and on and on and on? Either way, I'd like to see these shallow politicians put out of office. G.K. Chesterson (I think) once said (as exact as I can remember) of the talk of violence: I wish never a violent hand against a person, but I at times would enjoy reading his obituary. Here's to many a near-future political obit for these charlatans!

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Don Bauder Jan. 29, 2011 @ 7:32 a.m.

You are correct. Corporate welfare is not new. And neither is blatant hypocrisy. Go back to the 19th century. Robber barons were being showered with gifts from governments (the West was given to the railroad owners), but the barons talked openly about "rugged individualism" and "social Darwinism." Such nonsense! It's the same today. San Diego business executives get subsidized for just about everything as they sing the praises of free enterprise, and maintain that government has no role in business. (That is, until business wants a monstrous subsidy from government.) Best, Don Bauder

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Brian_T_Peterson_DVM Jan. 29, 2011 @ 7:42 a.m.

The State Controller is looking for evidence of redevelopment fraud. I received this from the GAG (www.GrantvilleActionGroup.com) e-mail list:

Steve Mar of the State Controllers Office wants evidence of Redevelopment fraud and abuse type stuff. They are looking at 14 state redevelopment agencies - closest here Coronado's. If you have specific documentation of same, please get it to him at smar@sco.ca.gov or 916 324-7226. He sez they may refer criminal data for investigation.

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Don Bauder Jan. 29, 2011 @ 9:03 p.m.

Great idea. There should be several submissions from San Diego County. Best Don Bauder

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Harmsway Jan. 29, 2011 @ 8:31 a.m.

Trying to follow the site usage rules, BUT.... Faulconer, that Republican dork puppet of big business can't fade fast enough into the sewer faction of the Republican party that spawned him. Want a REAL Republican, stick with Caarl DeMaio.

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 29, 2011 @ 6:08 p.m.

Both parties are a joke IMO.

Carl Demaio is the ONE guy in San Diego politics I like, him and Mike Aguirre.

The rest are punks who talk big but don't walk the walk, you can have them. I particularly dislike Sanders who lied thru his teeth to get into office and has not stopped telling the whoppers ever since.

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Don Bauder Jan. 29, 2011 @ 9:06 p.m.

There is a third former San Diego politician (termed out) who deserves mention with Aguirre and DeMaio. That's Donna Frye. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 29, 2011 @ 9:04 p.m.

You have described Faulconer very well. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Jan. 29, 2011 @ 9:06 a.m.

does Faulconer, share the hot tub negotiations with Bill Horne?

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Don Bauder Jan. 29, 2011 @ 9:07 p.m.

Why don't you put that question to Faulconer? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 30, 2011 @ 7:18 p.m.

Communicate like the Egyptians, Tunisians and Yemeni do: by Twitter, Facebook, email -- the modern things. Best, Don Bauder

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