Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., April 28
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Why do People Under Federal Investigation Love Todd Gloria?
Blue and gold Stephen Whitburn signs keep on appearing on my neighbor's lawns. I just noticed some new ones today.
I also noticed that Ron Saatoff just got some more indictments for his role in creating our billion dollar pension debt. Ron Saathoff's fire union guys are going around putting up Gloria signs on vacant lots. That seems to sum up the race.
The special interests who want to keep San Diego just the way it is are funneling money into Gloria's race. Just take a moment to observe where Gloria signs are posted the most: liquor stores and construction sites. When I saw the gigantic purple signage first appear last August I was intrigued and a bit suspicious. How does this guy already have SO much money more than a year before the race? Private citizens don't start donating money a year and a half before a race. I started asking questions about what Todd's supporters wanted in exchange for providing voluminous purple signage.
I know what Whitburn supporters want. We want change. We may not be wealthy insiders, but there's more of us. We can't be fooled by pretty purple signs, or pretty purple plastic promises. Gloria sounds sweet, but really he's just more of the same. Wasn't this confirmed by Atkin's endorsement? Wasn't it reconfirmed by Todd's list of campaign contributors which is saturated with city insiders and lobbyists like Aimee Faucett –Chief of Staff to Councilmember Jim Madaffer, Katie Keach: Previous staff person for District 2 Councilman Michael Zucchett (he resigned in disgrace), Elizabeth Kinsley – Chief of Staff to Council President Scott Peters, Walmart and strip club lobbyist Lou Wolfsheimer, Sunroad lobbyist, Mitch Berner, Building Industry President Sherm Harmer, Perry Dealy, the President and CEO of Manchester and on and on.
Not to Mention the list of questionable names under federal investigation that love Todd. Todd is in trouble for soliciting contributions from CCDC members including Nancy Graham. And before you say "that was just a mistake in mass- e-mailing, he didn't realize they were government employees", well he sent her at least 9 emails requesting money, and an unknown number of phone calls and letters. The emails are available for all to see at VOSD.
He also took contributions from disgraced CCDC board members Jennifer LeSar (Atkins life partner), Fred Maas, and Kim Kilkenny.
So lets see, we have:
1: Ron Saathoff, head of the firefighters union (and by the way it is not police and fire endorsing Todd, Its the police and fire UNION leaders--the ones that got us into the pension mess) who was just indicted on corruption charges,
2: We have Nancy Graham who is currently under federal investigation for corruption on CCDC, and dont forget good ol'
3: Lou Wolfsheimer. If the name sounds familiar its because he was the guy under federal investigation in the saga of illegal campaign contributions to illicit favors in the SD strip club scandal. The scandal resulted in 2 council members being forced to resign.
But hey, its not Todd's fault. He cant keep track of the tidal wave of campaign cash being thrown his way by sketchy people. They just like him because he's going to fight for the citizens right? Just because they are criminals by day doesn't mean that they aren't good people in their private lives. Todd welcomes everyone---and I do mean everyone. Because that is far more commendable than saying "no" and putting your entire life savings on the line to help finance a campaign.
Whitburn knows it's going to take courage to change San Diego. He's shown that courage in backing Donna Frye. He's shown courage by putting his entire savings on the line. Imagine that--a candidate that owns himself.
Stephen Whitburn stands for reform. Gloria's just another nice sounding name for the same old stupid story.
I hope you will take the time to do your own research and I hope you will join the community in supporting a genuine agent of change, someone with genuine endorsements and genuine money from respectable people including himself to prove it--Stephen Whitburn.