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Today (June 19) the Wall Street Journal asks if San Diego once again merits the apt appellation "Enron by the Sea." (The New York Times originally came up with the oft-repeated description a decade ago.) The Journal tells how in 2009, real estate consultant Jason Hughes offered to renegotiate 550,000 square feet of leases of City office space free of charge. But the City took four years deciding whether to take Hughes's offer or a deeply discounted offer from Cassidy Turley. Eventually, Cassidy Turley got the nod from a panel appointed by the City. But current Mayor Bob Filner overturned the panel's recommendation and went with Hughes, saying the deal would save the City $15.7 million over six years. Cassidy Turley got the job as a result of politics, says Filner. Now Cassidy Turley says the mayor's choice of Hughes was strictly political. Cassidy Turley says "Nothing is actually for free."

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MURPHYJUNK June 20, 2013 @ 7:53 a.m.

another case in politics of "one hand washes the other"

politician's hands are very dirty

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Don Bauder June 20, 2013 @ 10:32 a.m.

Murphyjunk: So are the hands of those paying off the pols. Best, Don Bauder

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HonestGovernment June 20, 2013 @ 8:59 a.m.

The complete WSJ report is quite interesting, though a bit odd in that Jerry Sanders is never named. Also of note is that the three companies mentioned in the article, Hughes Marino, Cassidy Turley, and Jones Lang LaSalle, are all represented on the board of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

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Don Bauder June 20, 2013 @ 10:35 a.m.

HonestGovernment: I don't know that the Journal was protecting Sanders by leaving out his name. When one is writing these stories, and has been allotted only a certain number of words, sometimes the best course is not to clutter up the story with too many names. Best, Don Bauder

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HonestGovernment June 20, 2013 @ 11:31 a.m.

You're correct. That WSJ link doesn't seem to go anywhere, ...don't know why, so try this: http://tinyurl.com/kpxumcj

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Anon92107 June 20, 2013 @ 1:01 p.m.

San Diego shall continue to be known as "Enron by the Sea" as long as we continue to allow corrupt judges, including one who is now the City Attorney, who are subservient to GOP oligarchs.

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Don Bauder June 20, 2013 @ 9:23 p.m.

Anon92107: San Diego certainly has inbred corruption in the judiciary, the various governmental bodies, and among many in the private sector. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell June 20, 2013 @ 9:10 p.m.

Goldsmith is a jackleg lawyer. Goldsmith apparently believes that Mayor Filner cannot break wind without his let. Goldsmith should sit back, shut up, go to sleep, and collect his paycheck like John Witt did. Witt never said anything, rocked the boat, or caused any problems.

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Don Bauder June 20, 2013 @ 9:24 p.m.

Burwell: But Witt while sitting back, Witt let a lot of shady deals fly past him, such as in pro sports subsidies. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 24, 2013 @ 5:46 a.m.

SurfPuppy619: Welcome back. Where have you been? Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 June 23, 2013 @ 10:42 p.m.

Hughes Marino is the best tenant rep firm in SD. By far.

BRE/Cassidy Turley/Grubb & Ellis [been thru numerous name change sin last 10 years] cannot touch Hughes on tenant repping.

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Duhbya June 23, 2013 @ 11:15 p.m.

Welcome home, Puppy-dome! You had a few of us concerned.

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Don Bauder June 24, 2013 @ 5:49 a.m.

Duhbya: Yes, we did miss the SurfPup. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 24, 2013 @ 5:48 a.m.

SurfPuppy619: This is an observation I cannot comment upon, because I have no idea who is the best. Best, Don Bauder

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